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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 20 of the #jan30in30 Challenge - Awakening I

Awakening I 8" X 8" Fluid Acrylic by April M Rimpo
Awakening is the final series I have planned as part of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  It will be a 4 day series focusing on the Heart chakra.  This does not mean I plan to stop at painting 23, I'll simple move on to different subject matter. 

The Heart chakra is characterized by the color green. So like my other yoga pose series I started by painting a large sheet of paper with a variety of textures using primarily greens with some blue, yellow and violet. The image of the full sheet is shown here.

Large sheet I prepared
for the Awakening Series

I left windows of white that I could place strategically for the various parts of the pose. There were also tiny white dots all over the sheet which became star-like in these paintings. I actually love how much each painting ended up looking like staring out into space. While adding more colors and forming the people, I intentionally left the appearance of outer space since that is what made each small abstract work for me.

The full sheet was about 50" by 30", which I divided into 13" square segments and gallery wrapped 8" X 8" stretcher bars.  Having these as a starting point for my series ensured I would have more than four options to use for the paintings.

The meanings associated with the Heart chakra are love, compassion, acceptance, awakening, and trust.

Kadinsky's interpretation of green was not dissimilar; it was peaceful with inner strength. The musical tone he associated with green was the middle-position violin. I wish I knew more violin music and could name a piece that fits with this series.  Any suggestions?

And thanks again to Leilie Saeta for sponsoring this challenge.  



  1. I don't know enough about music either. But I can hear the right sound in my head, looking at the colours.
    It is a great start, I am excited to see how you get on!

    1. Thanks, Rolina. I'll have to ask my son's fiance since she was a music major in college. She'll set me straight.

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    1. Thanks. This one has been nice to work on. The yellow has been the only one that turned out to be a big challenge.

  3. A great start on this one, April. Green also symbolizes growth and renewal. I'm really enjoying your pieces as I always love thinking about the symbolic qualities of things. 2/3 of the way through today! Yay!

    1. Of course, growth and renewal. I should add those to my final summary. 2/3! Yes!!!

  4. Lovely beginning (another quality of green). I noticed a bit of turquoise which represents the Ananda Kanda (the high heart). Can't wait to see more!

    1. I love that I am learning so much from you and my other followers. How cool is that.


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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