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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flores - Watercolor 22" X 30"

watercolor by April M. Rimpo of Flores, Guatemala
"Flores", 22" X 30", by April M. Rimpo
My first night after arriving in Guatemala I found myself sitting in the hotel’s outdoor restaurant looking across the lake at the beautiful town of Flores.  The red roofs, prevalent in Guatemala, all reflected in the lake taking my breath away.  I found the view terribly relaxing and I felt I could stare at it for hours, and as I recall I did.  I decided to paint this scene in hopes of sharing this beautiful moment.  My goal was to focus on the reflections and decided to add a person in his dugout on the lake to bring additional interest to the water.  Later in my visit to Lake Atitlan, in central Guatemala, I had seen men use their dugouts on that lake.  I transported one to Flores; I hope he doesn't mind.   My goal is for people to feel the serenity I felt that first night in Guatemala.

22" X 30" image
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Here is the final installment on the creation of "Flores".  You can see that I did add more blues and lavenders across the entire background, added a few more splashes of color and details in the city buildings, and added the man in his dugout.  Other posts on this painting can be seen at
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  1. This is a beautiful painting, April! I love the softness, composition and colors. Thanks for sharing! Trisha

    1. Thank you, Trisha. The soft aerial perspective is always a chore for me, but I am happy with how this came out. I appreciate your feedback.

  2. The reflections are gorgeous! The whole painting is gorgeous! Thank you for telling me your technique of taking a photo of your work in progress and looking it over during lunch before returning to work. Im doing that right now (except I'm on the computer while eating lunch, and reading blogs instead) That's exciting to travel to Guatemala! I hope to see more paintings from your trip!

    1. I've been pretty preoccuied with Guatemala paintings for some time. You can see a couple on the home page of my website , more on the Watercolor tab, and even more at .

      I hope you find using photos to get an objective view useful. Some people look at their painting in a mirror to get objective, but I find that just confuses me.


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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