My storefront studio at 203 Prospect Street is closed indefinitely due to its status as a non-essential business during the COVID-19 'stay home' order. Framed prints will ship as long as my supplier is allowed to continue operations. Original paintings purchased online for either pickup at the studio or shipped to a US location will be deferred until the government understands I'm here alone and this is my only source of income and allows me to responsibly conduct business again.  I will try to occasionally update my blog during this weird and crazy and uncertain time.

an unhurried meditation on bits of landscape and air

Whoever you may be: step into the evening.
Step out of the room where everything is known.
Whoever you are,
your house is the last before the far-off.
With your eyes, which are almost too tired
to free themselves from the familiar,
you slowly take one black tree
and set it against the sky: slender, alone.
And you have made a world.
It is big
and like a word, still ripening in silence.
And though your mind would fabricate its meaning,
your eyes tenderly let go of what they see.

Entering, by Rainer RIlke

translation by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

painting, 60x72" oil on canvas
Sharon Kingston, January 2020





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    Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.