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Friday, June 27, 2014

The Apex, 36" X 24" fluid acrylic and watercolor

The Apex by April M Rimpo

The Apex
acrylic and watercolor 
varnished in brushed silver frame
I always admire the accomplishments of athletes.  In The Apex these rock climbers scale one of the pillars in Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This park is a registered National Natural Landmark that I strongly encourage you to visit. In this painting I am showing only the top third of the peak, so the climbers' accomplishment was very inspirational to me.

My goal was to emphasize the majesty of the peak, helping to make the accomplishment of the rock climbers stand out.  I felt starting with an under-painting of drips on the peak would add vertical lines, much like the crevices in the stone. These drips serve both to emphasize the attributes of watermedia, but also to help create an illusion of height.  I've intentionally left some of these visible in the lower part of the painting.  The colors in the Southwest are consistent with my favorite color schemes, so this painting is pretty true to what you would see if you visit this wonderful landmark.

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  1. Like everything about this painting...the sky, the rock and the climbers. The Garden of the Gods was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this on FB yesterday...common sight here. I like reading your process, and it surely did work here. Those rocks are certainly a subject I will have to try!

    1. I thought you might like this one, Johanna. You should see the latest painting in my newsletter. Similar subject matter, but not going public with that one yet.


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