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to San Juan Island and Back

Yesterday I took the ferry to Friday Harbor with my children and a good friend–who also collects my work. We went for the ride, and lunch, and to look at some galleries and art.  Before I had a chance to tell one of the gallery owners about my work, she opined about how done she was with landscapes. Said she’s embracing abstracts now–everything’s about surface tension, texture and such.  From what I could see in the gallery it was about the suggestion of landscape albeit with stenciled numbers/ ship markings on some and heavily varnished collage on others. The landscape was still there, however–and I told her so.   A friend says the shift toward abstract is because all the television shows are staging their sets with abstract works which is influencing what people want to decorate their homes. What happened to artistic intent?  and meaningful expression? Ultimately, is it really all about decoration? 

So, today, in tribute to that ferry ride and all the glory of the San Juan Islands and the poetry of Rilke, I painted this–a landscape–or is it?  

From Rilke: I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it.

I circle around the primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song?

#paintingandpoetry #readingrilke

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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.