COLOR CONSTRUCTIONS BY SHARON CARSON
My early art training was in the tradition of plein-aire realism and for nearly 35 years I would set up my easel outdoors and paint the landscape in a loose, painterly style, aiming to complete a painting in one outing.
Around 2015 I moved away from painting in oils and started using acrylics on paper. A friend had introduced me to using a gel printing plate to transfer color and shapes onto the paper. I enjoyed the challenge of experimenting with something so different from painting in oils on canvas.
I still love going outdoors to make on-site landscape sketches and they are often the starting point for my acrylic paintings.
In time I developed my own way of working with the gel printing plate in combination with different transfer, painting and drawing techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
I created my own name for them – I call them “Color Constructions.” What interests me most is the impact of color and I “build” a composition of shapes until I arrive at an image that I feel successfully combines color, nature and invention.
My process is very intuitive and always changing. An experimental approach to creating a work of art is exciting to me. I try to always be open to trying something new.
I use acrylic paints with lightfast pigments. This means that the color will have negligible changes over 100 years of “gallery lit” conditions. This is the standard for testing for fine art grade lightfastness in pigments. If the work is displayed in direct sunlight for many hours a day, there will be more changes and over a shorter period of time. (information provided by Golden Paints). I use acid-free paper. My paintings are framed under UV glass for added protection from sunlight.
I choose not to place my signature on either the painting or the mat. I have signed each painting on its reverse side.
- 243 Union St. #401 North Adams, MA 01247