LESLIE LYNE ZANTOW
"MAKING THE PAINT STICK AND OTHER SUNDRIES..."
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Day 8..30 in 30 Challenge
More sheep..I know they are starting to add up. I think its getting easier and I am looking forward to going up to the studio to work. Cicely Wigs had a fleece that felt a bit like a combination of a sponge and Brillo pads. Not a complement and probably not as bad as it sounds. There was a softness to it but it had this odd spongey feel to it. The color was not just black. A black sheep is rarely just black. Her fleece never grayed but it did bleach in the sun. Lots of variations of chocolate brown and lavender with tips almost an orange. I still have a large basket of her fleece sitting, waiting to be spun into yarn. Its not a terrible fleece but it always wanted to spin up courser and so it sits. In the painting I was drawn to the purples and color variations. The folds were so deep and dark. If you parted the wool on her back you would be amazed at how black the roots were. Wigs was part Jacobs, probably why she never grayed out.
Animals and art have always been a passion in Leslie’s life. Early in life, Leslie discovered her love of animals and her need to put them to paper. Her love of line and composition are easily evident in her work. Her paintings become stories inspired by her experience observing nature, both domestic and wild.
Leslie has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions. Juried exhibits include, "Culture and Agriculture” in 2008, 2009, 2010,2012,2014 and 2015 at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI,“Nightwalker 98” at the Fort Collins Museum in Fort Collins, Co., “The Horse Show” at The Art Gallery in Hotchkiss, Co. and at the Barrington Arts Council exhibit “Horses in Art” in Barrington, Ill, the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Showcase at the Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky 2000.2001,2002,2004 and 2015 , the Wisconsin State Capital, the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI, the Winona Arts Center in Winona, MN., The Pumphouse in LaCrosse and the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Leslie was recently selected as one of 4 finalists in the Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition