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An ode to Turner

Turner’s Sunsetting over a Lake

As the season’s change, I’ve noticed that my palette changes.   As the Fall comes to an end and I’m noting all the colors parading themselves on the hillsides in Bellingham, those hues start to make their way into my paintings.  Today in the studio it was Alizarin Yellow and Quinacridone Red Gold.

Turner’s atmosphere’s–so progressive at the time he created them for their abstraction and emotive qualities–have been as equally influential to my work as have Rothko’s color fields.  The simplicity of his compositions, the energy of his paint application, the absence of line or any definitive subject matter–all things I aspire to incorporate into my work.  Texturally, he’s got a lot more going on than I do, especially with the scumbling broken color effect to his surface. 

Today in the studio I ran out of surfaces to paint on–but so wanted to be painting.  A work that had at one time been what I thought a successful abstraction–that I overworked until it had lost all its nuance and beauty had been sitting around for months waiting, I guess, for this moment. I’d been pondering this painting by Turner for some time, loving the loose shimmer and the sunset without being a sunset aspect of it.  It inspired this work and allowed me a wonderful afternoon of painting.

#Atmospheres #Turner

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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.