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KSL Studio
Seattle, WA., United States
Kristin Swenson-Lintault, a painter whose works examine origins, connections, and lifelines with an emphasis on abstraction, color, sculptural surface and layering are inspired by textile structures and natural forms. Her process integrates drawing, painting, and monotype printing using encaustic and mixed media. Her MFA in Fiber/Textiles and BA in Studio Art at Southern Illinois University, included residency in Scotland to study painting and in Japan/S. Korea to study traditional natural dyes, textile printing, washi papermaking and anagama wood-fired ceramics. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows locally, nationally and in Nakajo, Japan, and is featured on the covers of "Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience" a textbook series by Tremblay and Burkard. Her work is included in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library and the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM. She currently exhibits work at the Encaustic Art Institute Gallery in Santa Fe. She is the Visual Arts Studio Technician at Cornish College of the Arts and teaches workshop intensives at her KSL Studio, Cornish College of the Arts and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

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Alki Beach, West Seattle

Yesterday I spent the day with my son at Alki beach in West Seattle for his school field trip. We had an excellent view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Alki is a native word meaning "eventually" or "by and by" in Chinook Jargon that originated as a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest.

There is so much to see during low tide. Here are just a few examples of what we encountered.

Winged Kelp with flat ruffled edges

This lovely kelp reminds me of fabric ruching......a sewing technique used to gather, ruffle or pleat. Beautiful.

Dall's Acorn barnacles

I always use things I see in nature as a basis for paintings. These barnacles naturally compete for space forcing them to grow quickly in wonderful cluster forms. I particularly love the marks they leave behind when they get scraped away. Check out this wonderful blog that uses barnacles in architectural design.

Here are orange and purple Ochre sea stars. Lots of soft-shelled clams, moon snails, red sea cucumber and shield-backed kelp crabs live on this rocky beach as well.


  1. The architecture was wonderful but I liked the star fish best.



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