|Ring Around a Rosie by April M Rimpo|
Ring Around a Rosie
21" X 25" image
29" X 37" framed with white mat in brushed silver frame
I was so surprised when I saw children in Guatemala playing Ring Around a Rosie. I knew the games origins are supposed to be from Europe and the Europeans certainly traveled to Central American at the same time they traveled to North America, but none the less my reaction was surprise, followed by a big grin. There is something so amusing about children. Some are so focused on the game they look toward the leader (off page of the painting) attentively, while others stare at their feet, likely watching a passing bug, and some chatted with their best friend totally ignoring any instructions they may have been given. I watched the organizers of the game attempting to get the game started for at least five minutes. It was a very large group of about two dozen children. By the time I refocused on the painting demo that was going on by our workshop instructor he had made lots of progress, but the game was still at a standstill.
These little moments of everyday life speak to me whether here in the United States or when traveling abroad. This is why I call my art Exploring Cultures through Color. I somehow feel compelled to share these little moments with you.
Another of my paintings with children at play is Day at the Fountain, inspired by a trip to Charleston, South Carolina.
And here are other paintings inspired by Guatemalan culture:
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