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Friday, October 30, 2015

How to gallery wrapped paper (revisited)

Running Up by April M Rimpo
Running up is a triptych done using fluid acrylic on a gallery wrapped paper surface.  A triptych is a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works of art; in this case a piece of art composed of three panels. You can see the color scheme used for this triptych is similar to the color scheme used for my Rhythm abstract discussed in my November 15th blog post.  The same complementary triad color scheme of orange, green, and purple was used since these paintings are in the same home as Rhythm.

This was my first time creating gallery wrapped paper surfaces.  I used 1.5" deep stretcher bars that measure 45" X 24" that were varnished with Liquitex Satin Varnish. 

I initially used a process described by Ona Kingdon in her blog. After I had more experience I modified her approach with the text marked as an "UPDATE." YOu can read Ona's posts here:

UPDATE: As time has passed I have learned that starting with one or two coats of gloss varnish give the finished piece a nice sheen.  There are two reasons for this: the glossy finish is more reflective, but more importantly if you use more than two coats of satin or mat varnish the varnish can become cloudy.

A foam core board, cut to fit the stretcher bars, was painted with Golden's Regular Gel Medium (Glossy or Mat) for acrylics to make the board water tight since the watercolor paper touches this surface during painting. The foam core board is attached to the front of the stretcher bars using two sided foam tape. It is attached before wrapping the bars with Arches 140 pound cold press paper.  The gallery wrapped platform is shown below left.

UPDATE: I have found using foam core and gallery wrapping has worked wonderfully for paintings up to about 24" in either dimension, but larger pieces can sometimes have problems with rippling in the corners after varnishing. For those I have started to attach the paper to Alumalite (a corrugated plastic board with a thin aluminum surface on both sides) using Acrylic Medium Gel. Since the paper is essentially glued to the board there will be no buckling.  Those who know David Daniels' watercolors will be familiar with this approach. Unlike David, I still gallery wrap the paper around stretcher bars and paint around the edges so no frame is required.



To create these abstracts I placed a small amount of each fluid acrylic color in a small measuring cup, added some water to dilute the paint sufficiently for it to flow over the paper, while still being an intense color.  The colors were allowed to mix on the paper as I painted.  Only a few colors were premixed on a palette before applying to the paper. The spray bottle shown in the picture at right contains water, which was sprayed on the paper prior to applying paint to encourage the paint to run and flow freely.  Below you can see the finished painting installed in its new home.


Running Up, installed in the living room, helps emphasize the vaulted ceiling, dark beams,
and expansive view from the adjacent wall of windows
For more details on the process of gallery wrapped paper, see Ona Kingdon's posts on her process.  


UPDATE: Ona mentions two options for folding the corners. I've found the corners are too bulky if you do not cut the corners.  Ona did not provide an image of how to cut them. Here is an image of how I cut the corners. First I remove the large triangular piece. If you were to fold the paper down the paper would extend about 1" from the corner of the stretcher bar corner. The small triangle is then removed so the point of that triangle is about 1" from the stretcher bar corner. 


I fold one side so it is very tight against the stretcher bar and staple near the corner. Press and crease so the paper is snug all the way across from top to bottom of the corner and test that when the paper extending to the right is folder up (in the next step) that it will be parallel with the corner.  I try to place the staple so it spans the corner with one leg in each piece of wood.


The last step is to fold the right side up and staple it to the back. Again be sure the edge is parallel to the corner. You don't want it to extend out past the corner of the stretcher bar. 

I normally flip the painting over to dry and because I live in a humid area I have a fan blowing across the surface for a full day to help the paper dry and tighten. 
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"Koi Pond" 6"x6" fluid acrylic on Aquabord

Koi Pond by April M Rimpo just finished
Most of my paintings are much larger than 6" X 6", but recently I felt like painting while staffing the gallery. You can see I used mostly small brushes on this one.  

Koi Pond was done on Aquabord which bubbles when you first apply water and wet paint to the surface, so the larger brushes you can see were used for that first layer or two when there was more water than paint and the goal was to eliminate the bubbles before I got too much pigment on the painting.  

I used fluid acrylic but used many layers to build up the depth of color, just as you do with watercolor.  This approach results in great variations in the greens of the lily pads and blues of the water.  
Koi Pond 6"X6" by April M Rimpo
(The painting was varnished before this photograph
was taken, so the colors in the lily pads was lost
in reflections off the varnish.)

The same is true for the koi. In order to get a rich red or orange you need to start with a layer of yellow and then apply red over it once the yellow is dry.  If you just use a red to begin with you won't have the same vibrance.


I think this small painting has strong enough color to support a wider frame than I generally use on painting of this size.  If you want to see it in person, I'll have Koi Pond at my solo exhibit at Ranazul tapas wine bistro in November. You'll find Ranazul at 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759. A reception with tapas will be held on November 8th from 4 - 5 PM.  

This painting is SOLD.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Deco Rooster" 10"X8" acrylic

Deco Rooster by April M Rimpo


Deco Rooster
Fluid Acrylic
10" X 8"
$190*

Giclee Prints also available
9.75" X 7.5" print on watercolor paper
fits 14" X 11" standard size mat
$95*

Options:

You can purchase giclee prints on watercolor paper in my Spreesy Shop
These prints are in an 11" X 14" mat
Ready to Frame
$65

I also have a collection of merchandise with the Deco Rooster. You'll find a journal, apron, mugs, a teapot, coasters, glass cutting board, throw pillow, and tote bags. Prices range from $4.99 to $29.99

I never start a painting without a plan, until now.  No intended color scheme, just a drawing of the rooster? Well it happened. Let me know what you think of the result.

I had sketched the Bantam rooster on an 11"X11" piece of watercolor paper in preparation of demos during Art Walk, but didn't get to it that day.  So I sat down in my studio knowing rooster and size of the painting.  Since this type of rooster is black and white, I wanted a bold background. I thought, well his comb and wattle are red, as is the eye ring and ear lobe, so I want red in some areas of the background. I selected one of the textures I like and was about to put down some red when I thought I should used some yellow first.  Red always pops a bit more with yellow behind.  Yellow and red were added to the paper in geometric shapes.  I extended the yellow behind where the roosters comb and wattle would be located and ended up with an L-shape of yellow. It seemed right to start with the wattle, comb, and eye so I did those before I finished developing the background.  They helped to establish the focal point and give me something to compare when deciding on the darkness of colors used elsewhere.

Next I thought I should add some black and gray to the background to help make the bright colors pop.  I selected areas where I thought the black would accentuate lighter areas of the rooster and applied those first. Gray was used to surround some of the black, establishing middle value to dark areas that would not distract you from looking at the rooster. The patterns of color in the background started to look like deco so I ended up adding more to accentuate that appearance.

Next I added some light washes on the rooster's body, to give some shape. Once dry, I added just enough dark edges to the feathers to identify the rooster as a Bantam without fussing about every feather.  I wanted him to pop out of the page.  I felt that too many detailed feathers would just add confusion over where to look - the feathers or the rooster's head.

You may have noticed I started with an 11"X11" sheet of paper thinking this would be a 10"X10" painting when done.  Even that changed!  In the end I decided to mount the painting on an 8X10" deep cradled panel, which looks great.  I enjoyed responding to one section of the painting to decide what to do next, but doing this on one of my larger paintings would have probably left me struggling with indecision.  

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Interacting with the Public - An Artist's View

Having completed a day of conducting demos of "Patterns in your Paintings" to the public, it seemed like a good idea to share what I learned. This is the first time I've taught in a public space. I was setup in Still Life Gallery during Ellicott City Arts Coalition's Art Walk. 

My plan included:
Showing Off ©April M Rimpo
  • Techniques I wanted to show, 
  • Paintings at various stages of completion on a variety of substrates (e.g., paper, Aquabord), 
  • Drawings prepared, 
  • Texturing materials, 
  • Paint (tube acrylic and fluid acrylic) packed, 
  • iPad setup with the browser open to my favorite color scheme website
I had eight completed paintings on display, some that included patterns and some that did not. It was important to stress that if patterns won't enhance a painting, then don't use them.

Feather Leg  ©April M Rimpo
 So I was ready.... but worried about what people might ask and whether I would really be ready.

Well I'm happy to report it went really well.  It took me a while to get comfortable striking up a conversation as  people came through the gallery.  But they were friendly and asked great questions. Some were fascinated with the sense of depth in my paintings and enjoyed discovering the patterns hidden within some of them.
Morning Doves ©April M Rimpo

My favorite exchange was with a little girl who offered color choices for the painting I was working on. She was delightful to talk to and had really great ideas of what colors work together.  I couldn't disagree with any of her suggestions.  She went on her way with her parents before the painting was complete, but I think she would be pleased with the result.  Her father whispered to me that she has already told him she plans to be an artist and I told him she had a good sense of color.  See Morning Doves which includes her color choices.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Patterns in Paintings - Come learn from April M Rimpo at #ECAC #artwalk

Dancers by April M Rimpo
I've found incorporating patterns into my paintings has added a lot of interest and depth to the artwork. As with all techniques I only use patterns when I think they will enhance the emotion I want to convey. Often I find patterns lend themselves to fun and happy paintings.

Here is a variety of paintings where I used patterns.

  • Dancers - uses collage and line work
King of the Roost by April M Rimpo

  • King of the Roost has an explosion of patterns using bold stamping and geometric shapes to catch the eye and pull you in

  • Fashion also uses stamps and geometric shapes but in more muted colors that push them to the background. They become secondary to the figure but are fun to explore once you notice them.
  • Fashion by April M Rimpo


    Sitting Pretty by April M Rimpo
  • Sitting Pretty uses just a few pattern to add texture to the leaves and stronger patterns to create the sunflower

Come see April Rimpo's demos on Patterns in your Paintings from noon - 6 PM during Ellicott City Art Walk
Saturday October 10th at Still Life Gallery, 5173 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD


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Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Reflections IV" at Still Life Gallery during #artwalk #ellicottcityart

Reflections IV
Fluid Acrylic on Canvas
30" X 10"
$720



I finished Reflections IV just in time for Ellicott City's Art Walk 2015.  It was on display at Still Life Gallery for the day. Several people commented that they loved the variety of blues in this painting. 

It was inspired at a water garden where the sky was reflecting in the lily pond. Capturing the colors in the sky and the variety of tints of the lily pads took a lot of patience, but I was super happy with the result.  I hope you love it too. 



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