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Friday, June 23, 2017

"Time at the Bus Stop" fluid acrylic 12" X 12"

Time at the Bus Stop by April M Rimpo
Time at the Bus Stop
Fluid Acrylic
12" X 12" in brushed silver frame
$425
Time at the Bus Stop portrays a family having a few moments to talk and catch up while waiting for their ride. The morning light causes wonderful highlights and long shadows that caught my eye. As I was painting the family I couldn't help but wonder where they were headed.  Are the boys on their way to school? Is this a family outing? I decided your context heavily influences how each of us perceives the scene. Perhaps they are really headed to the fields to work. 

But in reality their destination doesn't matter. What inspired me to paint this family is the interactions between them. The young mother seemed to be listening closely to her youngest son, while the older boy looked on while eating some breakfast. I suspect the oldest woman may have been the grandmother who appears to be a bit lost in thought. It was catching that happy moment in time that compelled me to paint. I hope my painting makes you smile.

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Worth the Price? Fluid Acrylic Triptych 2' X 6'

Worth the Price? by April M Rimpo (Click on the image to see it larger)
Worth the Price?
Fluid Acrylic Triptych
24" X 72"

$3880
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I remember as a young teen being aware of how badly our environment was suffering from various pollutants: in the water, on the ground, in the air. Our family had a small power boat and would occasionally go on the Connecticut River and my father would pull my brother and I with the boat, while standing on a wide board designed for "surfing". It was great fun, but I remember how badly the water smelled and how I couldn't wait to get home to shower afterwards. 

It was not many years later when new laws required major cleanup of our waterways and reductions of the pollutants spewed into the air. When I was in my late teens the problem of DDT impacting the strength of eagle eggs was in the news along with worries about the fate of our National Bird. DDT was a commonly-used pesticide for insect control in the United States until it was banned in 1972 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Now we see so many EPA regulations being canceled and I worry about the fate of our planet.

A recent trip to New Orleans was a subject of great inspiration. The music, the food, the art were all so beautiful and such a joy to experience. However, we also took a ferry boat cruise on the Mississippi and when it neared the delta we began to see huge refineries along the river. The shift in sceneries from the beauty of the region to these refineries was startling. I had been thinking about doing a painting about protecting our environment for an upcoming juried exhibit, titled Art of Engagement

When I saw the refineries I knew what I wanted to paint. For me it brought to mind the question of whether our country was abandoning alternate fuel initiatives and ignoring the problems of too much carbon monoxide emissions. How much will the corporations and states decide to honor our planet and do their best to continue to reduce emissions? So far many States have stood up for the Paris Agreement, so time will tell. 

I found this quote by Edward Abbey and decided it was time for me to create this painting. These words may have been written about 50 years ago, but maybe even more true today.
“It is no longer sufficient to describe the world of nature. The point is to defend it.”  
See more about the creation of this painting here.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

American Glass Now: 2017 at the Washington National Cathedral

On Saturday, June 17th, I visited the American Glass Guild's exhibit titled, American Glass Now: 2017 held at the Washington National Cathedral. I attended with my husband and a long-time friend who is a fellow glass enthusiast. 

I haven't created many fused glass pieces in the last couple years, so I was surprised to learn how popular painted glass currently is in the American Glass Guild.  Several pieces were painted glass and few combined fused glass and painted glass techniques. The assortment of pieces both in subject and technique were fun to see.

Of course the National Cathedral is a place of wonder as well. Wonderfully carved limestone, flying buttresses, and gothic spires galore. We also strolled through the Bishop's Garden to round out the day.



This exhibit runs through September 8, 2017.

The artists with work on display include: Alice Johnson, Troy Moody, Kathy Barnard, Linda Lichtman, Nancy Nicholson, Tim Carey, Ellen Mandelbam, Richard Prigg, Marie Foucalt-Phipps, Staphane Ruault, Mary Clerkin Higgins, Sean Merchant, and Amy Valuck.



To learn more about the American Glass Guild visit
www.americanglassguild.org.


Washington National Cathedral
visit www.cathedral.org for visiting hours.




In the image at right are the pieces by Tim Carey (upper left), Marie Foucault-Phipps (right), and Kathy Barnard (lower left.)





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Friday, June 16, 2017

Great Watermedia Resources

In today's blog I thought I would share some art sites that I have found helpful and how they will be useful to you too.  I've added a few new resources to the list.

50 Best Blogs for Watercolor  - I've just discovered this one and am still reviewing it.  I'm sure it will take a while to get through the contents and appears to contain a wealth of helpful information. Provided by Web Design Schools Guide.
  • 10 links to watercolor demonstrations
  • 20 links to watercolor artist's sites
  • 10 links to art business sites
  • 10 links to art news and reviews
There is one art business blog that I just have to add ArtsyShark. In addition to great art business advice they feature artists a few times each week.

One watercolor book that is published annually by North Light is Splash. I always look forward to seeing it and have purchased a copy the last few years. Splash 16: Exploring Textures has just been released and is sure to be as amazing as ever.  

I also have to share a link to a new watercolor class by Deb Watson. Her new Pet Portraits in Watercolor class is available on Craftsy.  Be sure to also check out Deb Watson's website.

Helpful tips to help protect your data, be it written material, visual art, or other forms of art, in Vimeo by Kathryn Goldman

Color Theory and Harmonies - Nice definitions of different color schemes 
In the same vein, a site I like for exploring color schemes is Paletton.com's Color Scheme Designer, which is intended for web designers but works great for visual artists too.

You can read a summary evaluation of a wide variety of watercolor paint manufacturers in a blog on WonderStreet.com's blog, Which Brand of Watercolour Should You Use.

Updated: June 2017 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

"Dream Scape" 10" X 13" fluid acrylic

What Color is Your Dream? ...
...when the dreamweaver sees it is time to be through, she whispers a dream known only to you ... (Kittie N. Beletic)

Dream Scape by April M Rimpo
Dream Scape
10" X 13" Fluid Acrylic
in a 16" X 20" white mat
$250

Available at Touchstone in the Online Shop
You can also find it in the gallery in the Canvas Bins

The sky can sometimes be a place to be lost in. 


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Let there be trees! A variety of mixed media: ink, fused glass and more

Standing Tall II by April M Rimpo
I'm not quite sure what got in me, but I suddenly did a flurry of tree paintings. All a bit different in style while I try out a variety of approaches.  This first painting was done starting on rice paper that was crinkled then dipped lightly into a solution of water and India Ink with just a touch of oil. The goal is to pick up some of the ink on the creases in the rice paper.  The rice paper is flattened and attached to watercolor paper. Once dry I went back with watercolor and fluid acrylic to add color variations.




Standing Tall II
Ink, Watercolor and Acrylic on Rice Paper
Mounted on 14" X 11" X2" deep cradle, Wood Panel
Protected with Acrylic Varnish 
$375

Available through Touchstone Gallery Online Shop



Three Trees by April M Rimpo
Three Trees is a mixed media painting using Acrylic and fused glass elements that I created in my kiln.  In this case my inspiration came from the glass pieces, which have a variety of colored stripes. The colors in the glass became the palette for the painting. The angles of the stripes were echoed in the painting as well.


Three Trees
Mixed Media with Fused Glass
Mounted on 5" X 7" X 1.5" deep cradled, wood panel
$90



Under the Canopy by April M Rimpo
In Under the Canopy I wanted the world under the tree canopy to be a bit indistinct and mystical. A few dragonflies are present, some created in fused glass and some created by building up an acrylic gel "painting" to add depth to the painted dragonflies. Several colors are layered to create the mystery of the woods. As in my earlier Standing Tall painting, the roots are visible penetrating the ground like we are looking at a cross section of the forest.

Under the Canopy
Mixed Media with Fused Glass
16" X 12" Mounted on 1/8" Aquabord 
Varnished, Unframed
$375

I'd love to hear which of these you like best and why. Feedback is a wonderful thing.


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Paddling 10" x 20" fluid acrylic

Paddling by April M Rimpo
Paddling
10" X 20" fluid acrylic
Varnished and Mounted on Board
Ready to Frame

$325

Available at Touchstone Gallery online and in the Canvas Bins

Cherry blossoms are so fleeting, it seems like they have barely arrived and then they are gone. I enjoy relishing in Spring even after the Cherry blossoms, tulips, irises, and rhododendron have lost their color.

We've had a lovely spring, rainy days interspersed with bright sunny ones. The leaves have unfurled, filling in the view around our home with the natural calm of green. 

This painting celebrates those earlier days of Spring, when we first emerge from winter.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Starting a large Triptych Titled, "Worth the Price?"

Early Work In Process - Worth the Price?
- Sky and Water Close to Done 
- Towers and Wharf only light values

Although I plan to display this as a triptych with three segments that will be 24" X 24", I started Worth the Price? as a single 6' long painting so I can make sure the water and sky are cohesive.  This will ensure they are in alignment and the colors are the same in adjacent panels.

The image below was taken at the same point in the painting. I've added the vertical lines to show where the three segments will be cut. 
End Day One - Showing where the painting will be separated to form the Triptych
Day two - I've cut the painting apart and mounted them so I can paint on each 24" X 24" segment individually. I thought it would be much easier to handle each segment while painting the towers and dock. I"ll also be able to move back into my studio with my normal LED lighting that has the same temperature and properties as sunlight. The 6' painting was too large so I did that on a large table in the garage.
Moving into the structure of the buildings and docs
In the image above, a few days have passed and I've been working on each segment to keep them at the same stage as I progress.  Here they have additional mask to protect some of the mid-tones plus I stamped in some dark patterns to begin the structure of the buildings, towers, and dock. I have some texture materials I like to use for stamping. I apply some thicker tube acrylic paint to the texturing material then stamp it in areas where I want the texture. Once this is dry I'll return to a brush to finish the painting.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Paintings at New Masters Art Gallery

New Masters Art Gallery is an exciting new gallery in Rockville, Maryland located in Artists & Makers 2 Studios at 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, Maryland.  It is located on the top floor of Artists & Makers 2, with a beautifully lit, spacious gallery that supports 36 artists in the Metro DC area.  

During May 2017, April M Rimpo's paintings will be featured  along with four other artists in an exhibition called "Visual Envelopes."  Each artist brings their own view of the world to this exhibit. Below are images of April's paintings included in this exhibition; each with a link to assist you with your purchase if you see that piece that just calls out your name.

Just in time for #BikeMonth, April has several paintings with bicycles and cyclists in them.  In addition to loving to paint bicycles, April loves to share moments in time, often expressed through dramatic lighting. Madison Square Fountain is an example, as is Aglow, and Street in Sololá,                                                                        Enjoy!


Madison Square Fountain

Madison Square Fountain - $615 - Watercolor framed with a white mat
Available for purchase by clicking here




Morning in Provence
On Duty
On Duty - $450 - Fluid Acrylic gallery wrapped
Available for purchase by clicking here



Morning in Provence - $795 - Watercolor framed with a white mat

Available for purchase by clicking here



City
Plant Your Bike Here


City- $250 - Mixed Media gallery wrapped
Available for purchase by clicking here





Plant Your Bike Here - $195 - Fluid Acrylic mounted on deep wood panel
Available for purchase by clicking here


Cycling
Race

Cycling - $375 - Fluid Acrylic gallery wrapped
Available for purchase by clicking here


Race - $540 - Fluid Acrylic varnished and framed
Available for purchase by clicking here








Aglow
Ready to Roll
Ready to Roll - $995 - Watercolor and Gouache framed with a white mat
Available for purchase by clicking here

Aglow - $375 - Fluid Acrylic and Watercolor framed with a white mat
Available for purchase by clicking here




Street in Sololá
Fruit Vendors
Fruit Vendors - $975 - Watercolor framed with a white mat
Available for purchase by clicking here


Street in Sololá - $790 - Watercolor framed with a white mat
Available for purchase by clicking here





Full to the Limit

Full to the Limit - $650 - Fluid Acrylic varnished and framed
Available for purchase by clicking here



The other artists included in "Visual Envelopes" are Catherine Nickle, Brian Fisher, Jennifer Rutherford, and Galina Kolosovskaya. 

The Opening reception is on Friday, May 5, from 6 - 9 PM. 
Video of the exhibit



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Visual Envelopes: an exhibition by a collection of five artists


Sunday, May 14, 2017

"They're Everywhere" 30" X 24" Fluid Acrylic by April M. Rimpo

They're Everywhere by April M Rimpo


They're Everywhere
Fluid Acrylic
30" X 24" image
$1725


Two of my favorite things combine in They're Everywhere: the colors of pigeons and painting with drips and splatters to create the illusion of a rocky cliff.

I know, so many people think pigeons are pests but I love their iridescent colors. I'm also amazed that no matter where I travel I see pigeons. I've done paintings of pigeons in Italy, Seattle, New Jersey, and now Colorado. 

They're Everywhere was particularly fun because of the way I created the background of this painting. I started by spraying water on the paper letting the water run in all directions, making rivers of water the went across and down the page, weaving a random pattern on the page. I then dropped on color, either with a brush or by using a pipette, and tipped the paper to make the colors blend randomly following the path of the water. I also added some splatters here and there that became the shadowed spots on the cliffs.  After drying I continued painting to refine the cliffs, but many of the random cracks in the rocks and shadows were already established from the first wet-into-wet wash.

I've included a video of me creating this painting; a time lapse over a week of painting. Enjoy!  I'd love to hear your feedback.




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

"Freight Yard", 24" X 45" gallery wrapped acrylic and watercolor

Freight Yard by April M Rimpo
Freight Yard
acrylic and watercolor
24" X 45" varnished gallery wrapped paper
$2595

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE



I am not sure what draws me to industrial scenes,  but it is probably the colors and the structure of the equipment.  I didn't want the blue crane to blend in with the sky so I decided to use a golden, gray colored sky.  I love to use red and orange with blue to create tension with this red based analog color scheme. By using very dark values I accentuated the structure of the equipment and the train rail. Contrasting the geometric shapes of the freight yard with the soft sky and wet runs at the bottom of the painting provided an interesting balance between industrial and organic.

Freight Yard is included in North Light Books' AcrylicWorks 4: Captivating Color, best of acrylics. Read the press release for the book here. Below is an image of the cover and page 31, where my painting is included.


April's other industrial paintings include:
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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Champagne for Lunch" 20" X 36" watercolor


Champagne for Lunch by April M Rimpo
Champagne for Lunch
Watercolor
20 X 36" image
29" X 44" with white mat and golden metal frame


$1725

Lunch with Champagne or Champagne for Lunch: I keep changing my mind what to call this painting. It must have something to do with how much Champagne you want to drink. Regardless which title, this painting is a celebration of light: direct light from the windows, the glow of chandeliers, the reflections on champagne bottles, reflections on the interior windows, and the shadowed area through the distant door that hides mysteries of more amazing art sequestered in the restaurant at Musee D'Orsay. It's a wonderful place to enjoy the amazing art on display, including sculpture and ornate murals on the walls and ceiling. This restaurant hummed with activity and definitely hit the spot from a culinary perspective as well.  Of course what else would you expect in Paris.  

This painting was selected to be included in Splash 19, what I consider nirvana in the watercolor world. I was one of 126 artists selected for the publications from a field of over 1700. I feel giddy, like maybe I've been drinking too much Champagne.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Fruit Vendors", 22" X 19" watercolor

Fruit Vendors by April M. Rimpo


Fruit Vendors is based on a photograph taken in Antigua, Guatemala. This painting is intended to capture part of everyday life in Guatemala.  It was morning and these women were setting up their stand for the day.  They were located near a church which was visited by tourists and locals and both appeared to be their clientele. In the background were buildings and people who were at a level above the vendors, that I felt would detract from the vendors and their fruit.
Fruit Vendors
Watercolor
22" X 19" image
28" X 25" brushed silver frame
$975


I started with a design that had very little in the background, but as the painting developed I decided I needed to have more to balance with the front of the painting. My first revision was to add some plants to the background on the left side.  I placed them all at about the same height because I thought the umbrella should be the only item that went to the top of the painting.  However as the painting progressed I felt the woman on the right was off by herself with only a few items of fruit in front of her. There was a large empty gap between the fruit and her that went up to the umbrella.  So I decided to add a few plants on her side of the painting.  This proved to be not enough.  The top still felt quite empty and really needed something dark in the upper left quadrant of the painting.

I decided to research plants native to Guatemala.  I found one called “Heliconia Wagneriana” that had dark stems, long leaves, and great blossoms that had the same reddish orange I used in several other place within the painting.  These plants grow from 5 to 15 feet tall, so they were a good candidate to fill the space.  I found a few different photographs of this plant then drew it to fill in the space that I thought would balance the design. I think the addition of this plant did the trick.  What do you think?  I'd love to hear from you. 

To see other work by April visit her website at http://www.rimpo.org/april/  where you can shop for card or prints.

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