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Friday, August 12, 2016

"Summer Breezes" 11" X 14" watercolor and fluid acrylic

Summer Breezes by April M Rimpo
One of April M Rimpo's latest paintings to be in her solo exhibit "Contemporary Landscapes" at Columbia Art Center November 10 - December 4, 2016. 

You might have noticed that Summer Breezes was done in watercolor and fluid acrylic. It started in watercolor only and matured quickly. The result looked too washed out for my liking and sat in my studio for months. Recently, I pulled it out of a stack of unfinished paintings and decided to work on it some more. 

I decided that the first thing I would try was adding a very dilute layer of acrylic over the sky and water. I wanted to see whether bumping up the color intensity of the painting would speak to me. Well it worked. A combination of Cerulean blue and a cobalt violet blend I had been using for another painting made things start happening, so I immediately added some Cadmium Orange (hue) in the water reflections to make those more intense as well.

Those changes were enough so I printed out a new copy of my photo reference and went to work adding in details and intensifying the value contrast throughout the painting. There is nothing like a change in value to add dimension to a painting.

I also pushed the color in a few areas to add life and to provide more color balance throughout the piece. It is surprising how sometimes it only takes a couple hours to really turn around a painting.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fundraiser for Ellicott City

Welcome .. Since 1772 by April M Rimpo
The power of water is unbelievable and the destruction in Ellicott City devastating to see in all the videos and images we've seen on TV and the internet. The only uplifting thing has been seeing all the volunteers reaching out in so many different ways to help those who live, work, and own businesses in Old Town Ellicott City. 

I decided to participate in one exhibit organized to raise funds for Ellicott City. It is sponsored by The Escape Artists located at 827 N Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland with the reception on August 19th from 7 - 10PM. 
B & O Caboose by April M Rimpo

In addition I will be donating 50% of the value of my sales from my Spreesy Store between now and the end of October to the Ellicott City Partnership. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization raising funds to rebuild Ellicott City. They have also compiled a list of verified ways to support Ellicott City rebuild. You can see the list  at 
https://www.visithowardcounty.com/blog/post/ways-to-help-ellicott-city/ 



Church Road by April M Rimpo
Fire House by April M Rimpo
Ellicott City II by April M Rimpo
Historic Train Station by April M Rimpo



















 

I've included images here of several of my Ellicott City paintings that are available as prints in my Spreesy store. But I will be donating any sales through the end of October, not just the Ellicott City paintings and prints. 

If you are interested in different size prints these can be increased in size up to about 3 to 4 times the original sizes.

For example, the following paintings are all 11' X 14" and could be printed at any size with the same aspect ration: 24" X 30", 28" X 36, or up to 40" X 51". 

  • Welcome Since 1772
  • B&O Caboose
  • Ellicott City II
  • Fire House
The original painting of Historic Train Station is 16" X 20 and could be scaled to 24" X 30", 32" X 40" or up to 58" X 72". (The largest size is based on what I could fit in my car to deliver, so at this time I could only sell a print this large to someone who lives in the Baltimore-Washington area.)

The original painting of Church Road is 24" X 18" could be printed at 36" X 27" up to 72" X 54". (Same constraint on the largest size listed here as mentioned unter Historic Train Station.)

If you are interested in a print of a different size than the ones in my Spreesy store contact me through Facebook (April M Rimpo) or by email through my inquiry site.

 #ECStrong

Interested in learning more about April's art inspirations, tips about her painting process, or art business tidbits? Want to know when her art is in exhibits? Consider joining her friends and collectors by signing up for her twice-monthly email.

Rimpo 2016 All Rights Reserved. You may share my work with attribution and a link to this source site, but all other uses are prohibited.

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