Illustration

Painting and the Art of Losing Control

Psalm 151 by Michele Bledsoe

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Sitting at my easel painting,

everything is moving along as expected..

then suddenly I’m using the wrong color

the wrong brush.

I am adding strange objects..

lines twisting across my canvas

in bold, strong strokes..

I have lost control.

I never fight these impulses..

this is what happens

when God steps in.

Long Sleeves and the Art of Summer Painting

Work in progress by Michele Bledsoe

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In public

I wear long sleeves

(often black)

even in the summer.

All you can see of me

is my head

and my hands.

I like it that way.

My current painting agrees.

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The All You Can Eat Birthday Cake and Cheese Diet

Just Dessert by Michele Bledsoe

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I had an interesting idea for a diet..

You can eat all you want

but it can only be food that you hate.

For me,

that would be birthday cake

and cheese.

I’d probably starve to death.

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Old Sketchbooks and the Art of Boredom

Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk – from the sketchbook of Michele Bledsoe

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Found this in one of my old sketchbooks.

I don’t remember the exact circumstances

of when I made this strange little drawing,

but I suspect it involved someone talking too much..

and the place I went

to escape from it.

I am never bored

with a pen in my hand.

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Painting Interference and the Art of Letting Go

“The Swing” by Michele Bledsoe

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Sometimes I struggle when I paint.

I am overthinking,

Interfering…

and then I realize

I forgot to let go.

Trust the gift.

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Three-nuts, Dirty Blinds and the Art of Little Drawings

My sketchbooks are filled with little drawings.

Strange creatures, leaves and faces..

but as you flip through the pages

you will also find

moments and memories..

little slices of my life

rendered in ball point pen.

I remember cleaning those blinds..

They were awful.

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Timelessness and the Art of Painting Slow

“Messenger” by Michele Bledsoe

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I am a slow painter.

Lovingly

working with my tiny brushes

for hours

or months

or even years

on a single painting.

Time does not exist in the place

where art comes from..

only bliss

and God.

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