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Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Grosvenor Arch" 12"X12" fluid acrylic and watercolor

Grosvenor Arch by April M Rimpo
Grosvenor Arch
Watercolor and Fluid Acrylic
12 X 12 X 0.75" deep, wood cradle


There are numerous places in the United States southwest where you can see beautiful, red-rock arches, pinnacles, spires, and cliffs. I always find them inspiring and Grosvenor Arch in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah was no disappointment. This painting started as 22" X 14", depicting the full height of the arch, but after some time I decided it is the arch itself that fascinates me, so I decided to rework it in a square 12" X 12" format.  The the focused look brings back memories of a great trip. 


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Series: How do you feel?

Bubbling with Joy by April M Rimpo







Bubbling with Joy
Watercolor on Yupo
Varnished
12" X 12" Brushed Silver Frame

$375

Effervescent by April M Rimpo









Effervescent
Watercolor on Yupo
Varnished
12" X 12" Brushed Silver Frame

$375










United (diptych)
Watercolor on Yupo
Two 18" X 12" paintings in
24" X 18" Gold Metal Frames

$1125 for diptych






Contact April if you are interested in purchasing separately ($625 each)


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Fanciful" 20" X 16" fluid acrylic

Fanciful by April M Rimpo 

Fanciful
Fluid Acrylic
20" X 16" painting
27.5" X 23.5" framed with white mat

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Everywhere you turn in the center of Brussels, Belgium are pinnacles, spires, amazing carvings and building facades. This particular set of spires makes me think of the castle in Disneyland and wonder what was the inspiration for that castle when it was designed. 

There was something about the juxtaposition of these apparently older buildings with more modern structures with nothing but squared or corners and deep-set windows. Perhaps if all of the buildings brandished spires they would become less special and the fantasy will diminish.  All I know is they were dreamy to me and just needed to be recreated for you through my eyes. 



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

COLORFEST - Mini Shows within BIG Show at Touchstone Gallery

April's Paintings included in COLORFEST
"Race", "Free Living", and "The Orator"
The October Member Show at Touchstone Gallery is
COLORFEST

Touchstone artists burst with color along with the Fall foliage. Get to know your local arts community as each artist displays a micro-show of selected artwork. Each artist’s personal style and color selection creates a cohesive presentations of their art and individual points of view.

It is great to have more than a single piece on exhibit this month.  I helped to hang this exhibition and love how each artist has a micro-show that holds its own within the whole of the larger exhibit.

To see larger images of these pieces go to my Touchstone Gallery artist's page.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lakeside and Standing Tall VI 9X12 plein air paintings

Lakeside by April M Rimpo





Lakeside
Acrylic
9" X 12" in
14" X 17" frame
$325








What a perfect paint out as part of the Columbia, Maryland 50th Anniversary celebrations.  The weather could not have been better.  Temperatures ranged from 60 - 70 during the day with a lovely breeze.  The views were incredible around Wilde Lake.  Painters had the option to paint at either Wilde Lake or Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, Maryland.  The turn out by local artists was great. So many people came by while we were painting.  Such lucky residents to live near all of theses wonderful scenes. 
Standing Tall VI by April M Rimpo



Standing Tall VI 
Acrylic
12" X 9" in
17" X 14" frame


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

"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:

Selected for the Maryland Federation of Art's Strokes of Genius exhibition to be held from October 27 - November 25, 2017 at Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. Stalks was one of 70 paintings selected for this National exhibition from a field of 512 entries. Such an honor to be selected by juror Susan Behrends Frank, Ph.D., Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

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 this image yet. 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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DC City Tour 12" X 12" Acrylic

DC City Tour by April M Rimpo

During a trip to Washington, DC I noticed this group of cyclists waiting near the White House.  It turns out this was a DC tour by bicycle. What an intimate way to get to tour a city.  Cyclists always make me think about energy. Since they were regrouping to prepare for their tour, I still wanted to send a message about high energy and chose to use splashes of paint as a playful method to insert some excitement. 

This somewhat whimsical portrayal is one of the paintings I plan to include in the Touchstone Gallery 12" X 12" gift shopping exhibit to be held in December. 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Tenement" 14" X 29" watercolor

Tenement by April M Rimpo
Tenement
watercolor
14" X 29" image
20" X 35" brushed silver frame
$975 within the United States*


In Tenement I played with darks and lights making what was shadow areas in my photograph light and bright areas dark.  I call this an "inverse" painting. I also played with colors using vibrant colors in the now lit areas of the brick wall and rich, dark blues and purples for the now dark areas.  The fire-escape stairs and railings were done in light neutral colors to separate them from the wall. When I compare this with the original photograph I feel looking at this painting is much more exciting.  See my source photo below.

At left is the Analog color scheme I selected for the painting. The color charts from Color Scheme Designer provide various strengths of each color and some blends of the colors.  I use two blues, burnt orange, and a purple to create this painting, so I stayed fairly true to the plan, shifting the rose color more to the purple end of the spectrum and adding some a lighter blue.
My source photo
I think my inverse approach has led to interesting paintings that is fun for the viewer to take in and figure out.  One of my other paintings done using the same approach is described in my blog post Fire Escape.
I'd love to hear whether you find this approach draws you into the painting or if something closer to the source photo would have been closer to what you like.  

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Percussions: A Serious Business" 20" X 24" painting by April M Rimpo

Percussion: A Serious Business by April M Rimpo

Percussion: A Serious Business
Watercolor

20" X 24" painting
Approx 27" X 31" Brushed Silver Frame with White Mat
$1350

Prints available at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery just in time for Music Fest 2017 

The parade for the French Quarter Jazz Fest in New Orleans was full of musicians from young school bands likely in one of their first parades to sage professionals like the members of the Society Brass Band.  This percussion crew has no doubt marched in thousands of parades, yet their level of concentration looked intense. Not a smile to be found. Given the excitement of the crowds and the joyous prancing of others in the parade, the contrast of these men made me grin. 

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Better View 16" X 20 " Fluid Acrylic

A Better View by April M Rimpo
A Better View
Fluid Acrylic
16" X 20"
$960

While in New Orleans for the Jazz Fest we watched the opening parade. We arrived early so we could find a good spot to watch. When we first arrived only a few people were there ahead of us. Some of the parade participants were still getting ready and walking toward the beginning of the parade route.  

It didn't take long before the crowds began to gather and people began jockeying for a good spot the see.  The parade ran down Bourbon Street before turning toward Jackson Square. Trucks were there delivering food and alcohol for the coming day so people kept changing their location worried the trucks would not leave before the parade started.  

I noticed that as people crossed and the light coming down Ursuline Street hit them they would light up. I immediately started to take photos in hopes of capturing the flashes of light as they glanced across their shoulders and long shadows stretched out in front of them. 

I had only been to New Orleans once before for one day, so this was like a first visit for me. We missed the Tutu Parade the day before, but the street was still filled with Tutus in shop windows, balloons were out, and of course beads from small to enormous were hanging from balconies, stores, and even electric wires along the streets.  

So much to take in, you know I just had to paint it. It's not surprising that this was one of the first few paintings of New Orleans that I created. And yes, there will certainly be more.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Traffic Jam II" 12" X 20" acrylic

Traffic Jam II by April M Rimpo
Traffic Jam II
Acrylic
12" X 20" X 1.5" deep gallery wrapped*
$600

Traffic Jam II is a second nod to Flam, Norway, where the ferry boats take travelers from near and far on a beautiful trip through a fjord. This tiny town must survive on tourists since the primary traffic we saw was the ships waiting to take us on a wonderful adventure. What a beautiful place.

The four houses you see along the water's edge are typical of what we saw in Norway. Red houses nestled on green covered mountains, with a few neighbors who chose the second favorite color, golden yellow.

The mountainside was truly the bright yellow green of Spring. I decided to feature that color by using a tertiary triad of color that included leaf green, cobalt aqua, and mauve. The mauve is a mixture of Permanent Alizarin and Phthalo Blue. I started the distant trees using Mat Acrylic Medium Gel to build up some textures then applied several variations of color from the triad to the medium while it was still partially wet.  Once dry, I used fluid acrylics for the balance of the painting, working back over the thicker background to create soft color variations in the shadowed side of the mountain.

I find that this combination of soft acrylic with fluid acrylics creates great depth to a painting, making it fun to visually explore.

* The image is painted around the edge of the canvas, so no frame is required.


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Gothic Pinnacles" a 20" X 16" Watercolor

Gothic Pinnacles by April M Rimpo
Gothic Pinnacles
Watercolor
20" X 16" image
$960

It's been awhile since I shared the colors and steps used to create a painting, so let's do it. I end this blog post on the architecture.

The Paints (pigment codes):
I used lavender/violet-yellow complements to create this painting. Complements tend to attract my eye and this particular set of colors conveys a happy feeling to a finished painting. The cool lavender and violet colors were used for the shadowed side of the building, while yellows were used in areas more brightly lit by the sun. 


Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors – New Gamboge (PY153)
Winsor and Newton Artist Water Colour – Yellow Ochre (PY43)
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral
American Journey Artists’ Watercolor Royal Amethyst (Dioxazine) (PV23)
Holbein Artists’ Watercolor Cerulean Blue (PB35)
Daniel Smith Indigo (PB60, PBk 6)
I prefer to work with paints that have a single pigment in them. It is easier to avoid dull, lusterless colors, which watercolor painters call "mud". This small set of pigments allows me to create a pretty wide range of colors. You might not expect the green in the evergreen trees to be created from the same pigments used in the buildings, but they are. 

To make the building and trees feel like they belonged to the same paintings, I included some of these same greens in the shadow areas of the building and in the dark window panes.I also added violet colors into tree highlights. Artists call this "bouncing the colors" to create color harmony.

A few of the steps
In this section I'm featuring the windows in the foreground because I think they work well to illustrate the gradual layering to build color in the architectural details.  
Palest colors on left windows and begining of darks on 3rd
Initially my goal was to establish the pale colors in the lighter areas of the window. This includes the whites and yellow of the scroll work and the pinks in the lattice work in the windows. The left two windows show the first layer of color. In the window on the right, I added darks to see how the lattice in the windows worked once the darks were added. This is typical in my work.  Shifting back and forth between painting lights and darks makes sure the value range is right.


Light grays in scroll work on 1st and 3rd windows
This second photo shows the gray shadows in the upper scroll work in the far left window. You can see I was working quite gradually on the scroll work making sure the shapes were accurate. The window on the right has the darkest darks added to the scroll work, giving a nice 3-D effect. The windows all have their first layer of dark allowing a lot of the pastel colors to show through.


Darks on All Windows
In this photo, the darks in the scroll work are done, but the darks in the windows need to get darker before the painting is finished. I stopped working on these windows here until the painting was nearly complete so I can compare them with my darkest darks in the painting.



Close-up of finished windows.

After finishing all the spires, the windows in the distant building, and the tree, I decided the window panes in the front needed to be darker and more neutral in color. The earlier shade was more blue/violet. I added the dark colors from the tree to the darkest areas of these windows. The green neutralized the violet and also helped integrate the green into the building, albeit in a subtle way. 

I hope this explanation helps. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in a comment below.  

The Architecture
Here is an excerpt from section on Pinnacles on the Washington National Cathedral website https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/pinnacles/
A pinnacle is an architectural ornament originally forming the cap or crown of a buttress or small turret, but afterward used on parapets at the corners of towers and in many other situations. The pinnacle looks like a small spire. In addition to adding to the loftiness and verticality of the structure, the pinnacles are very heavy and enable the flying buttresses to counteract the weight of the vaulted ceiling and roof. By adding compressive stress (a result of the pinnacle weight), the building’s load is shifted downward rather than sideways.
Finials are the topmost portion of a pinnacle, often sculpted as a leaf-like ornament with an upright stem and a cluster of crockets. Crockets are projected pieces of carved stone that decorate the sloping ridges of pinnacles. The carved shapes of these elements help move rainwater down while keeping the water from the roof or walls. 
The website article goes on to discuss the damage from the 2011 earthquake on the East Coast and reconstruction efforts.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Double Lagoon", a watercolor miniature

Double Lagoon 6.5" x 8.5" wood frame by April M Rimpo

Double Lagoon 1.3" X 3.6" image by April M Rimpo



Double Lagoon
Watercolor
1.3" X 3.6" image
6.5" x8.5" frame
$150





HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
8090 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 
Phone: 410-461- 4505

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Monday, July 24, 2017

"Galactic Light" an 8" x 8" fluid acrylic on gallery wrapped paper

Galactic Light by April M Rimpo
Galactic Light
Fluid Acrylic
8" X 8" gallery wrapped paper, varnished
SOLD

This painting started as an abstract I created by applying some tiny splashes a masking fluid on the paper. Once dry I sprayed the paper with water so form interesting nooks and crannies of water but leaving a some areas dry so there would be some white of the paper remaining. The next step was to apply a couple of very watered down paints using pipettes. I sprayed the paint to make it spread and tipped the paper to let it run and blend.  Once dry I removed the mask to reveal all the tiny dots of white left behind. 

My first thought was how much it reminded me of a very dark sky where you can see parts of the Milky Way. If you've ever been lucky enough to be in a dark sky area you will first be mesmerized by the sky; I find it nearly impossible to stop staring into space. But once you "come back to earth" you will notice how your surrounding glow from the incredible light coming from the unpolluted sky.

I decided to add the tall cliff with lit trees at the top to represent the glow. My goal was to increase the majesty of the sky by using the scale of the cliff to the trees to give the illusion that the cliffs were huge.

If this peeks your interest about dark skies you can read more about them at the International Dark Skies website.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Traffic Jam III, 3" X 24" fluid acrylic

Traffic Jam III by April M Rimpo
Traffic Jam
Fluid Acrylic
3" X 24" image
$275

My inspiration started in Amsterdam. Bikes raced along the bike lanes, which were typically wider than pedestrian sidewalks, running parallel to most roads. When crossing a street you had to remember not only to check the roads for traffic but also a final check of the bike lanes before getting to the sidewalk. The traffic in the bike lanes often moved much faster than car traffic and were actually the trickiest part of the crossing.

However any time you have a lot of traffic there are traffic jams during "rush hour." It was no different for the cyclists in Amsterdam. This painting, was the result of traveling by a long line of bikes that were stopped waiting for a light change to cross the car traffic. I had fun, adding in one person who actually turned around because she knew she had some time to wait.

This wide but short format was fun to try out. I see more in this format in my future.




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Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Follow Your Dreams" 16" X 7" Fluid Acrylic

“New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying, I want to be a policeman, or I want to be a fireman, he says, I want to be a musician.” – Alan Jaffe, Jazz Musician and Founder of Preservation Hall
Follow Your Dreams
by April M Rimpo



Follow Your Dreams
16" X 7" 
Fluid Acrylic

$380 plus shipping

I think the quote from Alan Jaffe says it all about this painting.  This young man was high school age, playing in the streets of New Orleans during the French Quarter Jazz Fest. 

We saw street musicians from barely ten years old up to very accomplished masters, who added to the "official" music of Jazz Fest. The area in Jackson Square, just outside one of the official stadiums of the Fest, seemed like a favorite spot. Three kids, ranging from 10 - early teens sat down next to us one day, placed their plastic buckets upside down in front of them, and drummed away for the public.  They were really good.  I didn't photograph them, but will never forget them. 

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