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Inspired by Clouds

There have been a host of exhibits that I’ve participated in lately relating to SKY, ATMOSPHERE, CLOUDS and everything ethereal.  Optimism?  Our bounty of northwest sky imagery?

I’ve been inspired by clouds since connecting with Rilke in 2010.  Probably because this subject connects so well to the idea of the unsayable and the ineffable and the mystery of our existence.  I wrote in my blog back in 2012 this statement and it still holds true for me…

I’m committed to painting large.  This painting is 48 x 48 and the subject and my style are quite wonderful at this scale.  Not only do I feel like the luckiest person on earth when I’m working on these paintings in my studio, but I am completely engrossed in both the process and the result.  It’s as if every painting I’ve done over the past two years has been a study for these new works.  There is subtlety and boldness, energy and calm, depth and surface and just a universe for the eye to wander in.  Rilke is all about merging the polarity of existence–and finding a way to express and unify these elements in my paintings has been an underlying intent in my work since embracing his words as a muse for my work. Evening Love Song Ornamental clouds compose an evening love song; a road leaves evasively. The new moon begins

a new chapter of our nights, of those frail nights we stretch out and which mingle with these black horizontals. Rainer Maria Rilke

Here are just a few of my cloud inspired paintings or as I like to call them, cloud portraits.  They are all large scale works measuring 48 x 48 inches.

Being Radiant, original oil on canvas painting by Sharon Kingston, available through Smith & Vallee Gallery

Cotton Candy Clouds for Chloe, original oil on canvas painting by Sharon Kingston, 48 x 48 inches

Ornamental Clouds, Original oil on canvas painting by Sharon Kingston, 48 x 48 inches, private collection

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