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Sunday, December 29, 2013

More "Rhythm" - A Series Continued

"Rhythm II" 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas
"Rhythm III" 24" X 24" watercolor, varnished and framed by April M Rimpo

I had so enjoyed the first non-objective paintings with a musical theme I decided to round out the year with a couple more. I enjoy the effect different color schemes have on similar paintings.  The warm color scheme on the left feels lively and vibrant, while the cool color scheme is more calm and soothing.  You might find it interesting to read this interesting article "Color Psychology: How Colors impact Moods, Feelings, and Behaviors" by Kendra Cherry.

The first painting was done on a gallery wrapped canvas, so I opted to use acrylic paint.  I find acrylic works better on canvas than watercolor.

For the cool color scheme painting I  used watercolor on watercolor paper; I do enjoy the flow of watercolor on paper.  To create the lightest blues and grays I mixed darker watercolor pigments with white gouache.  Both paintings are varnished with an acrylic varnish so neither is framed under glass.

To see my other non-objective painting inspired by music and instruments

Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Shadows on the Path" 8" X 10" acrylic on canvas

Shadows on the Path by April M Rimpo
"Shadows on the Path"
by April M Rimpo
8" X 10"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
$200 includes shipping and handling with US

On a trip to the Hudson River Valley a few years about, my husband and I visited a few wineries in the area. We arrived at one winery about an hour before the tour was to start so we wandered around the grounds.  It was mid-morning but the light in October on the Hudson Rive is essentially early morning light;  there were great shadows and lights.  As you all know by now, I am drawn to scenes with great shadows and lights, so I took many photographs to help me remember the mood of the scene.

A couple days later, my husband, brother, a friend and I attended a Levon Helm "Midnight Ramble" concert at his studio home in Woodstock, New York.  We loved the concert and were so happy we got to see Levon one more time before his death the following year.  He and his band were truly amazing.  This painting brings back all these memories for me.  I'm sure you too have seen places like this and I hope this painting brings back equally good memories for you.

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