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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.

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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.