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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Guatemalan Girl, 15.5" X 15.5" watercolor on Aquabord

Guatemalan Girl by April M. Rimpo
Guatemalan Girl
15.5" X 15.5" on varnished Aquabord

Guatemalan Girl is one of the watercolor paintings that is on exhibit in my solo show, Travel the World in Transparent Media, at the Columbia Art Center, in Columbia, Maryland. The reception is Saturday, February 9th, 4 - 5pm.   Normally I paint on watercolor paper, but not so for Guatemalan Girl.  Ampersand has a product called Aquabord that has a deep cradle made from 2" birch plywood strips that are attached flush with the back edge of the pane.  They make a nice presentation, so framing is not required.  The medium on the board is designed for use with aqueous media.  I found it had some of the same properties as watercolor paper, but I did have to be careful about how long I worked on an area to keep it from getting too soft.  When the painting was complete I varnished the surface so it can hang without glass.

I wanted to fragment the image so I chose 5" square aquabord and designed the piece so each segment would be an interesting painting in its own right.  The exact placement of her body in each frame was carefully crafted to create interesting abstract in each panel.

I considered an exhibit where each segment could be purchased separately.  If sold separately the girl would be shared among the various buyers.  It would be interesting to bring the buyers together to meet and foster new relationships through my art.

The more I thought about the logistics I feared it would be very difficult to hang the segments so they remain properly aligned when hung as a whole.  It seemed like aligning the segments might be a nightmare for me and the gallery, so in the end I attached the 9 panels to a sheet of Plexiglas and drill a slotted hole in the Plexiglas where it could be hung from a nail. 

I still like the idea of displaying art so separate pieces form one image while the individual works are sold separately.  Perhaps if I do this as a single line of paintings instead of a square of nine paintings the logistics of hanging would be reduced.  Let me know what you think about this idea.


  1. That's SO cool! I love the way you created this piece! What kind of reaction is it getting in the show? I'll bet there are several "wows!" being expressed!

    1. The exhibit opens tomorrow, but the Assistant director did comment on how much she liked the work on Aquabord. I'm hoping for the best.

  2. Love this multi-piece painting! Girl and colors of outfit are perfect.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I really love the woven fabrics in Guatemala, which is why I do so many paintings of the Guatemalan women.


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