|Fire Escape by April M. Rimpo|
As is true for many of my city-scapes, Fire Escape is primarily about interesting patterns. Fire Escapes provide a natural repetition of pattern. The windows adjacent to the fire escape provided additional repetition. Fire Escape was also a play with negative shapes.
26.5” X 20” image
34" X 28" brushed silver frame
Donated to the 2015 Collector's Choice Art Auction held by the Maryland Federation of Art to help fun this non-profit organization
Many watercolorists seem to be drawn to fire escapes as a subject for their painting. I had some photographs I had taken over the years, but every time I looked at them I struggled with how to do something different. I had cropped them into what I thought were interesting design patterns, but that was not enough. Finally I thought about inverting the values so the darks and shadows became the lights and the light colors became the darks. Once I started to play with that idea then I could focus on a color scheme for the darks without being caught up in realistic colors. It no longer mattered whether the building color was believable, since nothing was “normal”. At that point my color inspiration had been freed from the mundane.
When I think of the city I think of pale blues and grays, but now I felt free to explore richer blues and purple tones. I wanted a restricted color palette so I stayed with an Analogous palette. Cerulean was only used in a few of the lighter passages and in the floor of the landings. I did branch out slightly from this palette in some of the lighter gray and beige passages.
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