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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 22 of the #jan30in30 Challenge

Here are a couple of quotes related to awakening and some of the ideas I was trying to accomplish in this challenge. Enjoy.
"Painting has helped me to become more attentive and attuned to the world around me. It is as if I have undergone an 'awakening." (Jil Ashton-Leigh)
Awakening III an 8" X 8" Fluid Acrylic by April M Rimpo
Art is the reordering of nature – the qualities of space and time – in new perceptual and material form. (Daniel Bell) 
You can't dig a new well by digging the same hole deeper. (Edward de Bono) 
Thanks to Leilie Saeta for sponsoring this challenge.



  1. I like your use of the fluid acrylics. What is the benefit over watercolor?

    1. I work on the paper prior to wrapping it over the stretcher bars for most of my larger work. This way I can really get it wet without worrying about the paper sagging. After the painting is done and dry I have to soak the painting in water before I stretch it. With watercolor the paint would lift off, acrylic stays put.

      Even when I do stretch first I tend to work with acrylic because sometimes even the acrylic varnish (which I roll on) can smear the paint. Recently I switched to spraying on the first coat of varnish which usually eliminates smearing in the later coats.

      Of course I generally can't lift the acrylics when they go astray, so I've had to learn to compensate for that.

    2. I had started to use fluid acrylic as underpaintings, preserving areas where I wanted the extra glow of watercolor. This was before I started stretching my paper. I liked the fact I didn't have to worry about the acrylic part lifting or fading. With time, all evolves. (That must be a quote of someone.)

    3. Now I see. When I paint in watercolor on cotton rag, I wet both sides of the paper. When the paper starts to dry I move it on top of cardboard which draws the moisture out evenly and the paper dries flat. How do you do it?

    4. How do I keep the paper flat? I don't really worry about it too much if I am going to stretch the painting over stretcher bars. It will end up flat after that process anyway. If I am not going to stretch it, then I either use artists tape on two sides or just use clips. If the painting is very large I'll use 6 clips so I can clasp the corners and the middle of the long side. If the paper gets very wet and started to buckle I just pull it taunt and reclip while it is still wet and it stays pretty wet. I have stapled the paper, don't think I can get as good a result with clips.

  2. Interesting reading about how you work April. You have such a way with color and light. I am so enjoying your work this month :)

  3. April,
    Thank you so much for sharing your process. Brilliant!


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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