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Swan Upping and More

October 20, 2012

 Art and Design Exhibition in La Conner on Oct. 20th and 21st

Level 3 Art and Design group – Wintergreen are completing their 2 year course at the center with an exhibition tomorrow and Sunday – Oct. 20 and 21st.  They have been working very hard this week putting up the exhibition.  We finished tonight with a glass of celebratory champagne.  Here is a link to their  programme  for the exhibition:    There will also be a showing of a couple of Level 2 Stitch students’ artwork at the center.   We’d love to see you over the weekend if you can make it.  If not, we will be showing Wintergreen’s artwork over the next couple of weeks in blogs – so watch for them.  Here is how Leslie Christian describes her art theme.    Gail

Sometime during the second or third of our eight sessions, Gail casually mentioned that each of us would be working with a theme.  At that point, I had barely figured out the working end of a paintbrush and was completely intimidated (yet excited) by the universe of possibilities in art and design.  The idea of a personal theme was really more than I could internalize.

Then, one day, Gail’s husband Don strolled into the studio with a printout from a website.  He had heard us talking about the trumpeter swans that migrate through Skagit Valley every year.  He had brought information from the Queen’s website about the annual English event called “swan upping”, and I was off and running.

Ownership of swans on the Thames was claimed by the Crown for centuries (from 1100 AD).  When ownership was transferred to someone else, the new owner used a marking to designate its property.  It turns out that these swan markings are beautiful line designs.   And swans are beautiful creatures of nature.

I decided to combine the expression of ownership through branding with the natural grace and beauty of feathers.  I discovered that I love working with graphite, ink, water soluble pencils, water color, and liquid acrylics.

I began this course with an aesthetic and once removed appreciation of fine art.  I am completing this course with deep respect for the artistic process and a connection with that creative part of myself that has yearned to emerge.  Leslie

Leslie Christian

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    October 22, 2012 3:25 am

    Hi Leslie, I really enjoyed visiting the show. Your work was really beautiful. Great Work!! What’s next? Penny

    • Leslie Christian permalink
      November 5, 2012 4:02 am

      Thank you, Penny. The show was really fun, and I appreciate your compliment! I’m on to stitch–will take machine in Feb and the Level 2 in May. Looking forward to seeing more of you!

  2. Kristi Ceder permalink
    October 22, 2012 9:08 pm

    So proud of you, sis.

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