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Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Happiness" 18" X 12" fluid acrylic



Happiness by April M Rimpo
This painting in the "Tapestry at the Mall" series is a celebration of the Happiness that can come with friendship. These women were chatting and laughing as they walked through the mall. I remember they made me smile as they passed. I do believe joy can be contagious if we  pay attention to others' moods.

This is the first painting where I included some scribing in the background. It is intermixed with textural patterns so you will see it only if you are drawn in and spend some time looking at the details.

To emphasize the sense of happiness and good times I chose a primarily warm color scheme and used a large yellow circle in the background behind the women's heads. Other colored circles were added to balance the large one.

I'd love to hear about your reaction to this painting. Please provide a comment below.

Other paintings in the "Tapestry at the Mall" Series:
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Reading and Learning" 18" X 12" acrylic

Reading And Learning by April M Rimpo
Reading and Learning is another contribution to my "Tapestry at the Mall" series. I had been looking at some paintings by Kadinsky and discovered some I had not seen before that were based on circular shapes.  I really enjoyed these paintings and decided to take the circles into a new direction and use them as the backdrop for this painting.  I felt they added a playful lift, which I wanted to have with this adorable little girl. She was totally absorbed as she walked through the mall with a man who I assume is her father. She appeared to be taking it all in, which inspired the title for this piece.


Reading and Learning 
Fluid Acrylic on Paper
18" X 12" gallery wrapped painting
$520 



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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hen with Chicks 8"X8" gallery wrapped acrylic


Hen with Chicks  by April M. Rimpo

Hen with Chicks
8"X8" acylic on paper
Varnished and Gallery Wrapped
$160


Another inspiration from the county fair.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Aren't You Coming?" 20" X 16" fluid acrylic


Aren't You Coming? by April M Rimpo
Aren't You Coming? 
Fluid Acrylic on Paper
20" X 16" varnished, gallery wrapped
$775

Available through Xanadu Online Studios

Aren't You Coming? depicts a boy's reaction when he realizes his mom isn't right behind him as he runs ahead of her through the mall. First he glances back to check on her after a mall security guard suggests he look at his mom.  He keeps going, then pauses and looks back to check on her again. After moving ahead a few more steps he decides she isn't coming, turns and runs back. You could see what was probably rolling through his mind, wanting the independence running ahead, but a bit young to venture too far alone. Too many unknown things might lie ahead.

While watching this boy my thoughts immediately went to my son and the independence boys test earlier than most little girls, at least the ones I have known. I believe I was pretty "clingy" at this age, my independence coming later. Even when 10 or 11 I stayed with my mother when we went to the mall to shop. It wasn't until my late teens when I bravely boarded a plane and flew across the country to go to college, with no concern that I would be on the west coast while my family lived on the east coast. We do grow and evolve at our own pace.

In this "Tastestry at the Mall" painting, I retained the color scheme and some of the elements common to many of the paintings: the striped awningpatterns in the background under the awning, and the rails in the center of the mall where you can look down at a lower level. To emphasize how young this boy is I included in the background images of toy blocks along with squiggles intended to appear like a child's drawing with crayons.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Fundraiser for "Enchanted Forest" at Clark's Elioak Farm

Triceratops by April M Rimpo
Several local artists will be supporting the
Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Enchanted Forest 
at Clark's Elioak Farm.
August 15 - 16


Enchanted Forest features a petting farm sprinkled with sculptures inspired by children's fairy tales. Examples include The Old Woman's Shoe from "The Woman Who Lived In A Show."  The sculptures came from the Enchanted Forest Theme Park, once located in Ellicott City (more about the park and restoration below). 

The day I went to Clark's Elioak Farm to decide on my subject matter it was packed. It was mid-week and I was amazed full the parking lot was on a day that I thought might be quiet.  It appeared there was also a birthday party going on.  What a great place for little children!

I chose to paint the triceratops sculpture. They are not quite this purple in the painting, but I had trouble getting the color right in my photograph.  You'll have to come to the festivities to see it.  

The owners of Clark's Elioak Farm will select a few paintings for auction and the balance will be for sale Thursday through Sunday. Clark's Elioak Farm will handle sales through the Farm Store.  20% of sales will be deducted for the Enchanted Forest restoration efforts.

I'll see you at the reception!

Backstory on the Clarks' preservation of the figures from the historic Enchanted Forest Park:


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Family Day" 18"X12" fluid acrylic

Family Day by April M Rimpo
Family Day

Fluid Acrylic
18" X 12" varnished, gallery wrapped paper
$520


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This series has been a lot of fun for me and I hope you are enjoying it too. This may have been one of the few families in the mall that were not loaded down with packages. Since the little girl was in such a pretty dress I couldn't help but wonder if they were on their way to a party or a dance recital.  Perhaps they had already been and this outing was a celebration of the little girl's achievements.  

What stories do you see in the glimpse of this family?
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Local Color" Exhibit at Artists' Gallery of Columbia


  • My painting, Making Tortillas, was selected for the exhibit "Local Color" to be held at 

Artists' Gallery of Columbia 

August 3 - 28.  


I'm happy  that this is my second year in this exhibit, where Artists' Gallery of Columbia opens their doors to non-members. 

Come join artists, friends, and collectors at the reception on
Friday, August 7th from 6 - 8 PM.
Award recipients will be announced and reception refreshments will be available.

I visited the gallery yesterday to see the work included in the exhibit and to take a few preview pictures before the reception. I hope these wet your appetite and that you take the time to checkout the full exhibit.

I'll definitely be at the reception so I can take a closer look at the great artwork.

Congratulations to the 29 artists whose work was selected and many thanks to the selection committee and hanging committee for creating such a beautiful show.

Click here to read about Making Tortillas.

 NAMES OF SELECTED ARTISTS
Barbara Bednarzik
Joyce Bell
Peter Van Berkum
Mike Brown
Ellen Corddry
Teresa Cowley
John Duke
Ye Feng
Ann Horner
Karen Marie Isailovic
Richard Kunski
Stephanie Lyon
Etsuko Matsuo
Desh Mittal
Debra Moffitt
Karen Norman
Pauline Rakis
April M. Rimpo
David Roe
Diane Shipley
Sarah Snowden
Carolyn Stearns
Barbara Talbott
Karen C. Tylec
Sylvia Valentino
Richard Paul Weiblinger
Linda M. Wicksell 
Eileen Williams
 Deanna Williford

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