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Friday, April 29, 2016

Featured Art - Cycles

Cycles - 16" X 26" X 1.5" Original Fluid Acrylic Painting
Gallery Wrapped - SOLD
Cycles on Display at RE/MAX
20" X 32" Giclee on Canvas
This is the first in a series of posts on the art I have featured at Re/Max Advantage Realty in downtown Baltimore. I have a mixture of original paintings and prints on display. Cycles is one of the large canvas prints of my original fluid acrylic painting, shown above. 

The colors in the print and original match perfectly. Because of the quality of the scanned image of my painting, the print is actually larger than the original painting. The painting is 16" X 26" while the print is 20" X 32".  The original was painted so the image wraps around the edge and the same is true of the print.

The art on display is for sale and purchases can be made through me. If you want to see the print you can visit RE/MAX Advantage on your own or I'd be happy to meet you there. Contact me through my website to arrange a time

Interested in a different size print, contact me to discuss sizes and to obtain a quote.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DC Bike Ride, Fluid Acrylic 12" X 20"

DC Bike Ride by April M Rimpo
DC Bike Ride
12" X 20" Gallery Wrapped Fluid Acrylic, Varnish*
$575

Original:


Interested in Prints? - They are Available Here
On May 22nd, Washington DC will block off some roads and hold their first DC Bike Ride starting and ending near the Capitol Building. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of DC's Vision Zero Campaign. The route crosses the Potomac River and passes the Jefferson Monument and the Washington Monument. As part of the route, riders will pass the Holocaust Museum and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, both of which are portrayed in my painting DC Bike Ride. Although the Cherry Blossoms have finished, the ride passes through the area where the Cherry Blossom festival is held each year.

I'm wishing the riders a wonderful day. I had hoped to take photographs, but this is a special event day at Touchstone Gallery as part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, so I had to invent my own ride. Artistic liberty is great!

* No frame required

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Art on Exhibit at RE/MAX Advantage in Baltimore

April's Artwork Installed in RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Recently a friend recommended my work to the owners of RE/MAX Advantage Realty in Baltimore. After seeing their modern facility near the Baltimore Harbor I thought my art would be a great fit and I was happy to hear they agreed. Effective today I'm the third artist to have a solo exhibit in their facility. 

We're in the planning stages for a reception, so when the date is decided I'll be sure to add that information to this blog post. For now enjoy photographs from the installation. If you find yourself visiting the Baltimore Harbor, or an event at Pier VI, you are nearly there. Stroll down to the corner of E Pratt Street and S President Street and take a look. I've included original watercolors, fluid acrylics, and giclee prints in the show. If you see something you'd like to purchase, contact me. I'll be coordinating all sales.
Prints from April's Tapestry at the Mall Series

By the Stream by April M Rimpo

View in Break Room
Freight Yard by April M Rimpo















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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Row Houses I, 12" X 12" Fluid Acrylic on Aquabord

Row Houses I by April M Rimpo
Row Houses I
Fluid Acrylic on Aquabord
12" X 12" X 2" deep wood cradle
$345

I have been fascinated by Row Houses since moving to the Mid-Atlantic region. There weren't any in the area where I grew up in western Massachusetts nor in Arizona where I lived for many years. The architecture was new and different to me.  As I've traveled I've discovered the larger busy cities often have beautiful row houses somewhere in the city. 

Between the beauty of these buildings and the presence of a bicycle sculpture I couldn't resist painting this neighborhood. It is a lovely sunny day toward the very beginning of Spring, so the leaves on the trees have not yet arrived, but the smaller shrubs are coming to life with some new growth adding a touch of lovely Spring green to the city.

You'll notice this painting is called Row House I, because I'm sure there are more Row House paintings in my near future.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Springtime" watercolor 18" X 14"

Springtime by April M. Rimpo
Springtime
Watercolor
18"X14" image
Framed in brush silver frame
$625

Original watercolor



Each spring Howard County Maryland, where I live, holds a number of events to support Blossoms of Hope. This cause supports the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. This painting was done for an exhibit called Haiku for Hope and will be presented with an associated haiku written by a local poet. The child in the foreground links back to the haiku written by Poppy Herrin. Springtime won an Honorable Mention Award at this exhibit.

This painting was one of those selected for banners that were displayed as part of a special ceremony held on National Arbor Day at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, Maryland. The banners used for the ceremony have also been used at the Howard County Welcome Center in Ellicott City.  

Howard County has planted over 1600 Kwanzan cherry trees throughout the county.  The Kwanzan cherry trees bloom about two weeks later than the Sakura trees that surround the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC allowing you to enjoy the beautiful blossoms for a longer period of time.  You can read more about the Blossoms of Hope events at http://www.visithowardcounty.com/blossoms-of-hope, where you can also find a map where the trees have been planted.

Given the opportunity for a banner I wanted a painting that celebrated the cherry blossoms and had a strong graphic line that would lend itself well to the banners.  I use this style in some of my paintings and I like the simplification of shapes with the line work.  Of course a strong value pattern (darks and lights) is essential for a banner format which is perfect for the way I like to work in watercolor.  

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Stalks" 18" x 24" fluid acrylic

Stalks by April M Rimpo


Stalks
Fluid Acrylic
24" X 18" Varnished and Gallery wrapped
$1035, including shipping within the United States



Original:

Stalks was first inspired while walking past our neighbor's corn field. The cow corn was ready to harvest. Everything, including the stalks and husks, had turned golden brown to beige. 

Ever fascinated with the world around me, I took a number of photographs.  Upon arriving home I located a particular portion of one photograph that was especially enticing. I like the shapes of the leaves and the glimpse of the corn inside. See the bottom left image for the cropped photograph that I decided to paint.

As I often do after finding the image, I put the photo aside. I wasn't ready to paint. I generally have to think about a subject for a while to know what I want to do.  

I worked with the image some more in a photo editing program and experimented with a variety of color schemes. I thought I was going to go with a very exaggerated color scheme, turning the image more toward an abstracted shape, but had other paintings I wanted to complete first. I printed out the image in the color scheme shown below right.  It sat on the desk in my studio so I could look at it and consider.

After completing some color scheme experiments using a wide variety of palettes, I went back to the photograph and decided I wanted more value contrast. My selected colors could not achieve that level of contrast. It was back to the drawing board to determine what would be more exciting. 

I decided to create a primarily black and white painting with red for the darks in the focal point and yellow for the lights. I sprinkled the yellow around the painting, muting it in the background and allowing small less intense yellow patches to remain on other stalks in the foreground.  I'm happy with the resulting drama of this painting. It seems to have elevated this cow corn to something fascinating to look at. 

As always I'd love to hear your thoughts. 
Original Photograph
Exploring Color Options
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Friday, April 1, 2016

"Windows" 19.75" X 13.75" fluid acrylic

Some say our eyes are the windows to our soul, and thus the title of this painting is Windows. My goal with windows is to see whether the emotions associated with particular colors actually impact how am image is interpreted.  So here you see two paintings of 5 pairs of eyes. Each is in a unique color scheme. 

Some are done in monotonic schemes where a single color is used at different strengths or mixed with only white or black. Other a triads, where only three pigments are used throughout the painting. A couple of the paintings are done in a complementary color scheme where two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are used. When complementary colors are combined you get dulled versions of the colors or a very neutral color that is neither warm or cool.

I suspect that because I've used these color schemes to paint eyes that the expression of the person will affect how much the color defines the emotion you feel when looking at the image.  That is the reason I've done two paintings of each image.

If you feel like helping me learn about the impact of color, please add a comments with answers to these questions. To identify each image in your answers please identify an image in the Left column as L#, where the image # is 1 to 5 counting from top to bottom.  Similarly, an image on the right would be R#, where # is 1 to 5 from top to bottom. For example the man's eyes on the upper left would be L1.  His companion painting is in the middle on the right and would be labeled R3.

Here are my questions. 
Which image feels

  1. most serious or intelligent?
  2. most joyous and full of wisdom?
  3. most self-sufficient, alive and confident?
  4. most peaceful with inner strength?
  5. most tired?
  6. sad?

I'll let you know the consensus of opinions in a separate post.

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