Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Early Inspiration

As I teach painting classes out of my studio......I often think of those who helped me find my voice and the critical thinking necessary to to make work that is compelling and visually strong.

Dale Leys "Signal" conte, pastel, graphite on paper 1988

Dale Leys "Signal" Detail 1988

It has been many years now........but the inspiration, lessons and pure enthusiasm for drawing that I received in art school with artist and Professor Dale Leys has stayed with me and his influence is noted on my studio walls from his past show cards, small hand drawn portraits, and many parts and pieces of natural objects that look like bones and fossils. I can see how my love of surface and layering....... is and has always been part of his drawing style that you will be able to see in the following video of Dale working in his studio. The studio is exactly as I remember it and maybe Bob Dylan is still on the play list as well. His early recognition of my desire to make art my life long pursuit was critical at a time when a young artist could easily choose other paths.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Canvas Project: Encyclopedia is showing now.

Here is a partial quote from the show......

"The Encyclopedia Project is a collaborative activity organized by Atlanta's Art House Co-op to bring together artists to create a visual lexicon of words provided to the participants at random. From a pool of over 6000 paintings, 1200 were chosen to represent a sample of this mass effort. The collaborators are from 48 states and 21 countries fulfilling Art House Co-op's philosophy of "bringing art to the masses" and creating both a physical place to share art, through the foundation, as well as a virtual space online for people to share their portfolios and sketchbooks.

The Project will be exhibited for 6 weeks in the Atlanta Airport Atrium Gallery and then travel to the Art House Gallery in Atlanta's art district, Castleberry Hill. The Art House Encyclopedia, Vol. 1 catalog will now be available at the opening on September 25, 2009."

Sorting hundreds of entries!

My piece "Citadel" was chosen for this show and is in the frame above.....

"Citadel" encaustic, mixed media on canvas Kristin Swenson-Lintault

I have been involved with several projects now with Art House. It has been an interesting way to get creative in a quick fast sketching kind of way.....like studies/ideas for later work.....Most if not all of my paintings take weeks or months to do and these past collaborative projects have been fun allowing me to think out of my personal box. It also connects me with other artists around the world who I may not have met any other way. I recently met Michelle Moode who was part of the Sketchbook Project earlier this year and will be in the upcoming 10,000 Project that I am also preparing work for as I write this.....Michelle was a visiting artist this summer at the Kirkland Arts Center and I was happy to meet her and see the"Michelle Moode Picture Show" as she called it. She makes wonderful work and writes about Seattle here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Canvas Project - Volume 2

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Pompous" Encaustic, ink, oil stick on canvas 2009

The Art House Gallery in Atlanta has launched another world wide community art exhibition. The idea for this one is to make a visual encyclopedia on five mini canvases, each of which are interpretations of randomly given words to each artist participating. The Canvas Project - Volume 2 will be exhibiting soon at the Atrium Gallery in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from July 31 - September 4, 2009 and then opens at the Art House Gallery on September 25, 2009. A book titled "The Art House Encyclopedia VOL. 1" will be available July 31st for $20 at the Art House Gallery website.

Atlanta Airport Atrium Gallery
6000 North Terminal Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30320

Art House Gallery
309 Peters St
Atlanta, GA 30313

Here are my entries for this year's Canvas Project. I have to say working this small 3" x 3" was a real challenge! So I decided to build up layers of wax to double the thickness of the canvas and use that as a starting point to carve into. You can see the thickness is this side view.

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Fuselage" Encaustic, graphite, pastel on canvas 2009

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Citadel" Encaustic, graphite, pastel on canvas 2009

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Catboat" Encaustic, graphite, pastel, oil stick on canvas 2009

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Veranda" Encaustic, graphite, pastel, oil stick on canvas 2009

I am now working on my next ideas for the upcoming shows at Art House Gallery called The 10,000 People Project as well as A Million Little Pieces: Documentary which captures a glimpse into each participating person's life using personal everyday photos exhibiting in Atlanta in September 2009 and San Francisco in January 2010.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Beauty and Its Opposites

It is always a great day when the art that you spend so much time on gets selected into a juried exhibition.......I am happy to be a part of the upcoming show "Beauty and Its Opposites" juried by Nicholas Capasso, senior curator at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Dual" 16" x 16" Encaustic, fabric, oil stick on panel

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Deciduous" 12" x 12" encaustic, oil stick on panel

Kristin Swenson-Lintault "Encompass" 12" x 12" encaustic, oil stick on panel

Montserrat College of Art
301 Gallery
301 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

June 5 - July, 3, 2009
Opening Reception Saturday, June 6, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

301 Gallery

From Boston:
1. Take Route 1 North over the Tobin Bridge, and travel about 10 miles
2. In Peabody, (right after the Holiday Inn) take the I 95 South / Rt. 128 North exit (sign says WALTHAM /GLOUCESTER). Stay to the left to go Rt. 128 North towards GLOUCESTER
3. Continue on Rt. 128 North towards Gloucester
4. Take exit 18
5. Turn right onto Essex Street (Route 22 South) for 2 miles
6. At the first traffic light, you will see the Beverly Common and Montserrat's main academic building across the intersection
7. You MUST turn right onto Dane Street because Essex Street becomes one-way here
8. Take the first left onto Knowlton Street
9. Take the first left onto Winter Street (Essex Street runs perpendicular at the far end) and you will see the college in front of you.

The show will be at the 301 Gallery June 5 - July 3, 2009 in conjunction with the Annual Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. I have been going to this conference since it started and it is now a wonderful international event. It was founded and directed by artist, curator and author Joanne Mattera who continues to invite speakers, guest panelists, and visiting artists that discuss critical relevant issues for those of us who are engaged in the multifaceted properties of encaustic paint every day. Joanne has a wonderful art blog as well addressing an array of contemporary issues, what's hot in the galleries, and her new"Marketing Mondays".

The Conference is June 5-7, 2009 with post workshops through June 1oth. A partial line up this year includes:

Keynote Speaker:
Barbara O'Brien, curator and art critic

Conservators in Conversation panel discussion:
Pam Hatchfield, Conservator of Objects, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Carolyn Tomkiewicz, Conservator, Brooklyn Museum, New York. .
Kate Smith, Conservator, formerly of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Margaret Leveque, Conservator, formerly of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Panel moderator:
Joanne Mattera

The conservators on the panel have worked with encaustic objects and paintings--including ancient Fayum portraits, waxen murals, wax sculptures, and contemporary paintings.

See you there!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Studio featured on Linda Womack's Embracing Encaustic Blog

A few years ago at the 1st Annual Encaustic Painting Conference, I met Linda Womack, a wonderful artist, instructor, and author from Portland, Oregon. We were both exhibiting work in the show "Hot Stuff" at the 301 Gallery at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Linda and Bill Womack have since authored two editions of their book titled Embracing Encaustic: Learning to paint with beeswax. When Linda is not teaching, painting or traveling, she chronicles her adventures in art on her wildly successful blog titled Embracing Encaustic - Adventures in Painting with Molten Wax. Her work is now showing in "Working in Wax" at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. from May 3 - June 21, 2009.

Linda Womack working in her studio in Portland, OR.

Last month I met up with Linda here in Seattle at my studio. She created this studio video and featured it on her blog. Check that out here. Thanks Linda!!

Linda visiting my studio in Seattle, WA.

We also met with local artist Ted Loomis, an encaustic painter and friend we met at the conference, to hear a lecture and see the work of Betsy Eby. Her exhibition Abundance was showing at Winston Wachter Fine Art here in Seattle. It was a nice opportunity to meet Betsy and see her beautiful work!

Betsy Eby "Cynthera" 2009 Encaustic on Panel 60" x 60"

Friday, May 1, 2009

Video of Sketchbook Project Show on CNN

CNN Espanol featured The Sketchbook Project -Volume 3 on April 10 and 11, 2009. Here is the video by Felipe Barral from that segment.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Dimensional Invention - Exhibition at Kirkland Arts Center

Last night I went to the opening of Dimensional Invention at the Kirkland Arts Center. Six artists from Seattle exhibit the development of their ideas through 2D and 3D installations. The exhibit features magical and fantastical creatures, clusters of sea-like forms, architecture inspired three-dimensional drawings, playful cloud installations using industrial materials, site-specific domestic environments, and structures that humanize architecture with a surprising amount of personality. Please visit Kirkland Arts Center as well as Art Zone in Studio 4/16/09 to view two great interviews of artist Whiting Tennis in his studio. So interesting to hear about his work and his process........

Whiting Tennis

Dimensional Invention
April 17 - June 3, 2009

Claire Cowie
Tim Cross
Patricia Hagen
Ben Hirschkoff
Whiting Tennis
Patrick Holderfield

Curated by Cable Griffith

620 Market Street
Kirkland, WA. 98033

Don't miss the artists' talk Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:30 in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium at 15th Ave NE & 41st St Seattle, WA 98195.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Portfolio is now on Art House Co-op Gallery website

Visit arthousecoop.com to view my online portfolio of my work which includes pages from my "Everyone We Know" book that is now touring in the Sketchbook Project 3 gallery tour as well as other photos of my encaustic paintings. If you are in the Chicago area, check out the final stop of the tour between May 1 - June 20, 2009. The art opening will be May 8th.

Chicago Art Source Gallery
1871 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60614
Hours: M-F 10-6pm
Sat. 10-5pm

Monday, April 6, 2009

Artist Statement with a Twist

Here is a visual version of my artist statement..........Love this.

Thanks to Richard and wordle.net.

Art House - Sketchbook Project 3 gets a CNN Interview

Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman of Art House Gallery and Co-op in Atlanta, GA were interviewed by CNN to talk about the success of The Sketchbook Project - Volume 3 that has been touring around the U.S. this spring. It is now at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) until April 16, 2009. We have yet to hear when this interview will air but I will post details as I get them. Go to arthousecoop.com to see photos of Shane and Steven during their interview.

I love to see the sketchbooks from the show.......So keep posting those photos! Maybe eventually I will see a photo of my sketchbook in the mix of piles.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

30 Small Works 2008 - Photos of Show

Last summer I exhibited two encaustic/mixed media paintings in a national juried show titled "30 Small Works" at Gallery Up in the Gettys Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. You can now view the entire show. Go to galleryup.com to see more.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

People are Talking about Sketchbooks

The Sketchbook Project Volume 3 has already been exhibited in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago and Brooklyn this last month. What a great turn out! To hear an interview with curators, Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman of Art House Co-op Go to culturesurfer.com then click on sketchbook project video.

See what other people are saying about the Sketchbook Project Volume 3 at the following sites.....

Free People Blog
Philadelphia City Paper
PBS Online
Doodlers Anonymous
Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Gallery

The next opening will be April 2, 2009 at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). After that it will visit Chicago for a second time but at the Chicago Art Source Gallery in mid May until mid June. Stay tuned for more details.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sketchbook Project Tour - Brooklyn, NY

Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman, co-owners of Art House Gallery in Atlanta traveled around 4,420 miles so far getting the sketchbooks to various venues for the Sketchbook Project Tour. Thanks Shane and Steven! It was fun to see the opening night webcam and the huge amount of photos that were taken at each gallery. The following photos were taken by Julian Duron and Deborah Hilert at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, NY. Go to 3rdward.com to learn more about this highly creative 20,000 sq. ft. artist's co-op facility. It was a highly attended event and writer Anna D'Agrosa writes "it reached insane capacity" by the end of the evening. I wish I could have been there too! Check out Time Out New York as well as BushwickBK.