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2014: The Year of Living Radiantly

Sharon Kingston Atmospheric Landscape Paintings, Being Radiant, 48 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

My resolution this year is inspired by the Pantone color of the year and very much ties both my personal and art life together.  Never before has a single word encapsulated my state of mind and described so perfectly the wishes for my health, my disposition and my art.  2014 is all about living, being and becoming radiant.  It is a word of positivity and energy–radiating from the inside–that goes beyond the physical.  And, I’m using its essence to inspire me to broaden my palette and use color in a whole new way.

My method of painting is to layer transparent colors in an effort to trap light and create depth.  However, I’ve become dependent on a set palette of paints to do this–in effect limiting my use of the wide range of pigments available to me as a painter.  The series I’ve defined for myself this year are an effort to break through to using a more “radiant” palette but yet retain what is important to me–creating a contemplative space for the viewer.

Here is the first painting of the new year, titled Being Radiant, 48 x 48 inches, oil on canvas.  It was inspired by the intention to illuminate and inspire.



adjective: radiant


sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.

“a bird with radiant green and red plumage”

synonyms:shiningbright, illuminated, brilliant, gleaming, glowingablaze,luminous, luminescent, lustrousincandescentdazzling, shimmering,resplendent


“the radiant moon”

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