Art and the creation of art has been a life-long passion for Linda Swindle. As much enjoyment as she gets from creating art, she likes to share that passion with others. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in Art Education enabled her to teach and share her love of art with others which she did in the public school system for over 20 years. With this background in education, she is continuing to o...ffer classes and lessons in her studio in Powell Butte, Oregon.
The spontaneity and freshness of watercolor is the aspect that most appeals to Linda. Her subject matter is diverse but the underlying theme is to capture the moment in a loose, spontaneous technique and approach. Living on a small ranch, she is surrounded by some of the animals that show up in her paintings. These paintings are a joy to create.
In the past 10 years, Linda added silk painting to her interests as it is similar to watercolor in its movement and vibrant colors. The tactile element of silk appeals to her as does the transparency of the colors. Then she discovered felting and added it to her interests. She uses her painted silk and other found fabrics to create scarves, wall hangings, and other collage pieces.
Her work has been displayed and sold in many galleries. She has been juried into the Redmond Airport Show since the beginning, having received Best of Show several years ago. The Powell Butte Art Show is her "baby" and she does all the organization necessary to put that together. Currently, she is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has been for over 15 years.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Chickens, with all of their color and personality are a joy to paint. l like to enhance and play with the color in their feathers and also in the shadows. This trio made a great composition.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: These birds are so intelligent and perceptive. These three seem to be having a serious conversation. I used a texturing technique for the border to mimic tree branches and foliage.
Funny Farm 3
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: This is the third in a series of Funny Farm paintings. My goal is to give each animal distinct personalities to which we can all relate. All animal lovers know that your pets are unique individuals. Farm animals are the same! I like to think in this painting they are saying; "Open the gate already!!"
This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.
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Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: A beautiful sunrise made the morning glow. From our ranch in Powell Butte, we see these incredible mountains every time we look west. The scene never gets old.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Choose from a variety of Linda's watercolor artwork printed on cards for only $5 per card. If ordering online, a random selection will be shipped.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Gus is my grandchildren's goat. Does that make him my grandgoat? He rules the roost, he is the king of the barnyard. There isn't a fence that can contain him. I tried to capture his "attitude" in this painting.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: It's rare that a hummingbird sits still long enough to capture its beauty. In this painting, I attempted to keep the flowers loose and flowing so the focal point would be the hummer.
Isaiah 40:31 (Eagle)
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: The majestic eagle seems to be a symbol of strength and freedom for all of us. I tried to depict his grace and beauty in this painting. Subduing the background helped to showcase the eagle.
Just Us Chickens
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: I love how chickens line up on a branch or fence. It seems they all have to take different positions while roosting. Chickens are such fun to paint, I feel the freedom to "go wild" with color and texture!
Moo, Cow, Moo!
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Featuring full-page original watercolors from artist Linda Swindle, "Moo, Cow, Moo!" will teach children early reading by: Recognizing words through repetition, Beautiful original illustrations, and Clever rhymes to predict by pattern. This delightful book is perfect for: Reading out loud at home or in classrooms, and Early readers to get a head start on learning.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Poppies are so bright and beautiful, I can't resist painting them. I added some interesting texture into the vase area just for fun. Original watercolor on paper.
Fine Art by artist Linda Swindle - Description: Horses in movement appeal to me and I strive to depict their grace and beauty. These three seem to be emerging from the darkness. Watercolor on paper, mounted on a wood panel.