Painting and the Art of Losing Control

Psalm 151 by Michele Bledsoe


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.

Arizona Summer and the Art of Tiny Libraries

Splendor exhibit at the Goodyear Library


My husband Richard and I have been fortunate to have our paintings exhibited

in many wonderful galleries, museums and art-spaces

throughout the years..

but there is something really special about a library.

I was honored to have my paintings displayed

in such a beautiful environment,

surrounded by books

quiet, cool and welcoming..

like an oasis in the desert.

Long Sleeves and the Art of Summer Painting

Work in progress by Michele Bledsoe


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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