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Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Lanterns" 24" X 18" fluid acrylic

Lanterns by April M Rimpo
Lanterns
24" X 18" Fluid Acrylic
Gallery Wrapped and Varnished
$1035

Purchase through Touchstone Gallery
in April's solo exhibit "Common Threads"
March 3 - April 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3 from 6 - 8:30
Encore Reception: Saturday, March 26, from 2 - 4 PM

Sometimes paintings call out to me when I least expect them. I was talking through Washington DC on a chilly day, heading to the Metro Station to head home after a day in the city.  I happened to glance to my right and saw the beautiful lanterns scatter through this courtyard. I came to a screeching halt and pulled out my phone to take a photograph. I loved how the lanterns reflected in the city windows and decided to enhance the image by including more of the lantern color throughout the building. Since purple is in the same family as the pink lanterns I also used purples in the dark parts of the building. What seems at first glance to be black areas is really layers of purple, Phthalo Blue and other dark pigments to gradually build the darkest areas. The lighter grays were also mixed using Cobalt blue, Quinacridone coral and Quinacridone gold. I love creating my own grays and “blacks” by mixing colors together.  The result is much richer than using blacks or grays that are “out of the tube.”

Every time I walk past this area I look into the courtyard to make sure there isn't something new that I just must paint. Of course there often is, so more images from this area will no doubt appear in the future.

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