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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Alps - Day 30 of the #jan30in30 Challenge

The Alps by April M Rimpo
A couple days ago I was rummaging through the remaining panels I had prepared for the yoga series looking for the right one to use for the cactus wren when I saw this panel and immediately thought of the Alps. This may have happened since I have been looking through old pictures of a trip to Europe recently. One album included some images I had taken of Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, Switzerland. I set aside the panel thinking I'd have to get back to it before I was done with the 30 day challenge.

Well here we are on the LAST DAY of the challenge so it is time for The Alps. I wish I had remembered to photograph the panel before I started to transform it. I'd like you to know that I did not add the white snow as that was already there. It was fascinating that when I dug out the photograph and compared it with the panel that the mountains were almost perfect. Uncanny really. I tinted the sky, added the green hill in the foreground, and the brown middle-range cliff. 

The Alps
Fluid Acrylic on Varnished, Gallery Wrapped* Paper
8" X 8"
$160 when shipped within the United States**

It feels good to have successfully painting 30 paintings in 30 days.  I've never been a painting-a-day artist, but the challenge did stretch me and I think I'm a better artist as a result, having some new artistic tools to use.  Somehow it felt like a perfect time to experiment and try things out since if it failed all I lost was one day. 

Thanks to Leslie Saeta for the challenge, to the other artists who commented on my posts, and to friends who joined in on the fun providing me with encouragement. It was a long road for me and I suspect a long road for those of you reading my blog and my Facebook posts.  I'm sure I will still do some small one-day paintings scattered among my larger paintings, but the frequency will be much less.  I'm anxious to finish a large painting I've been working on for the last week in between all of these little gems.

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  1. This piece is magical, April. It is a perfect one to end the challenge with. I love when paintings just fall off the brushes like this. The feeling is captivating beauty and effortless bliss. I've enjoyed meeting you and your art through the 30 in 30 challenge and hope we will continue to stay in touch. Happy creating!

    1. Thank you, Sandy. I look forward to keeping in touch as well. You are in my Blog list so I can watch for changes.

  2. What a wonderful ending to the challenge this painting is! I have loved getting to know you and your art this January and will pop back some more as you finish further paintings!

    1. Thank you, Rolina. I am looking forward to following your art as well.

  3. April - Great end to the 30 days! This is beautiful.
    I look forward to keeping in touch.

  4. So cool to know how this came about. It is beautiful, April! Love th sky, and foreground... everything is perfect :) Congratulations, and thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting. Following you now, don't want to miss your great work!

    1. Thank you so much, Sheila. I'm so glad you like my painting.


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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