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Monday, January 7, 2013

"Aglow" 14" X 10" fluid acrylic and watercolor


Aglow by April M. Rimpo
Aglow
fluid acrylic and watercolor
14" X 10" image
19" X 15" brushed silver frame
$375 within the United States*


Original painting


Contact April regarding purchase outside USA or if interested in the painting without the frame

When sitting in a park (Madison Square Park in NYC) a woman appeared in the distance carrying a parasol to block the bright sun.  As she passed in and out of shaded spots the umbrella would light up like a spotlight.  She was wearing light colors and her hair was blond so she appeared to almost glow against the backdrop of the park. With my camera at the ready I started taking photographs as she walked in hopes of catching a moment when she was lit up by the sun.  I wanted to feature the stark contrast between the glowing woman and the dark textured foliage and fence rails that she passed.   Aglow was the result.  
I decided I wanted to make the background very colorful to add a lot of interest since I planned to make the colors of the woman very light and simple. The contrast of light against dark augmented with simple versus complex color blends felt right.  
 I chose to use fluid acrylics for the background which I first applied in a few areas and let partially dry before washing off most of the color with water in a spray bottle.  This approach leaves a ragged edged "batik-like" appearance that added texture to the background.  While the paper was very wet I flowed in a wide variety of colors: blues to make the orange parasol pop, reds, greens, golden, and purple hues that blended and swirled to make wonderful variety in the dark background.  The balance of the painting was done with watercolor.  I saved some spots of white which I later tinted with pale colors to add a bit of sparkle throughout the painting. 

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4 comments:

  1. I love how this composition captured your attention right there on the street and you knew that it would make an incredible painting. And it IS incredible. There certainly is a glow to it, and a beautiful contrast, besides the lovely colors and rhythmical composition. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine. I really respect your opinion since you have a wonderful eye for design.

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  2. A gorgeous piece, you caught the sunlight beautifully !

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    1. Thank you, Jane. This is good to hear. Getting feedback is really important to me.

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