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Serenity (Titling)

Serenity     12 x 12 in, oil on cradled gessobord.

Rarely do I have difficulty titling a work.  The painting at left is the fifth in a series I’m calling the Concealed from View Series…and the first four were simply called Mist, Fog, Sheet and Haze.  These are far simpler and less poetic names than the titles I traditionally attribute to my works.  Quite possibly the idea behind the series is still forming in my mind and it is only through the painting and process of making that  the concept is gaining clarity.  Be forewarned, the titles may change.

My family and I talked a bit about why I like to paint these obscuring elements like fog and mist.  I think I’m personally attracted to the mist not only because it is an ever present element on the hills in Western Washington throughout much of the year, but because I also sense that it slows us down.  That in preventing us from viewing the distance, the fog brings a heightened awareness to that which is closer and clearer.  That instead of paying attention to the far off (future) we pause and pay attention to here (and now).   The mist in its obscuring makes things clearer. All things important to living a mindful life and having a mindful art practice.

There is also something about being cloaked and veiled and enveloped–this masking yet protecting element–that I’d like to ponder some more and write about at another time.

But for today, my son offered up the title of Serenity for this painting.  It reminds him of a lake in the quiet of the early morning fog.  A good sentiment.


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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.