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The Other Side by Blake Richardson

$40.00

Can you spot the Hippo? 

Print comes unframed, fits standard 11x14 frame.  

"look at for what things are or could be
look at for what things are or should be

when you where young you didn't have to try
second nature unaware of why
growing older we could all go blind
either that or keep an open mind

mother told me this about a book
shouldn't judge it by the way it looks
open up to what it holds inside
turn the page into the other side

you will see so much potential but it's not applied
it may hold more than your giving so just take your time
I can't wait for you to join me with an open mind
because the world is always greener on the other side

I've left a window for your souls to see
speaking to you individually
of who you are or something you could be
set examples for your family
I can show the way but now you have to lead

I can see so much potential in you but it's not applied
life has so much more to give you so just take your time
I can't wait for you to join me with an open mind
because the world is always greener on the other side"-Blake Richardson

Artist Blake Richardson draws upon his visions in the textures of tree bark, in the formations of clouds, and in the natural shapes of rocks and wood carved by the elements in nature.
Blake will often draw a comparison with his art works and the primitive origins of art.
It is well known that in many ancient cave paintings, the natural forms of the cave walls describe features of the images portrayed. Which leads Blake to believe that in some cases the paintings were intended to define a vision rather than to record a story or event.
Mythologies could possibly then have evolved out of the interpretations of those visions.
  Blake follows in the footsteps of ancient cultures who have developed a relationship with the land.

His objective to develop a sensitivity and an understanding for why they chose specific sites to commune with the spirits in nature. Blake looks for evidence of rock art (pictographs and Petroglyphs) and explores these areas with his camera, so he doesn’t disturb these historical sights. Reflecting on the photographs Blake pieces together his visions, then works with oil paints on the surface of the photographs, to bring into focus what he has seen. The minimal approach he uses to reveal his visions leaves a window open for the viewers imagination to enter and interpret for themselves.
Upon completion of each painting. Blake begins a journey to discover the message that it holds for him. He searches through mythologies of the past and attempt to identify his visions, then draws analogies between his own life and the stories that reveal themselves to him along the way


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