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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Let there be trees! A variety of mixed media: ink, fused glass and more

Standing Tall II by April M Rimpo
I'm not quite sure what got in me, but I suddenly did a flurry of tree paintings. All a bit different in style while I try out a variety of approaches.  This first painting was done starting on rice paper that was crinkled then dipped lightly into a solution of water and India Ink with just a touch of oil. The goal is to pick up some of the ink on the creases in the rice paper.  The rice paper is flattened and attached to watercolor paper. Once dry I went back with watercolor and fluid acrylic to add color variations.

Standing Tall II
Ink, Watercolor and Acrylic on Rice Paper
Mounted on 14" X 11" X2" deep cradle, Wood Panel
Protected with Acrylic Varnish 

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Three Trees by April M Rimpo
Three Trees is a mixed media painting using Acrylic and fused glass elements that I created in my kiln.  In this case my inspiration came from the glass pieces, which have a variety of colored stripes. The colors in the glass became the palette for the painting. The angles of the stripes were echoed in the painting as well.

Three Trees
Mixed Media with Fused Glass
Mounted on 5" X 7" X 1.5" deep cradled, wood panel

Under the Canopy by April M Rimpo
In Under the Canopy I wanted the world under the tree canopy to be a bit indistinct and mystical. A few dragonflies are present, some created in fused glass and some created by building up an acrylic gel "painting" to add depth to the painted dragonflies. Several colors are layered to create the mystery of the woods. As in my earlier Standing Tall painting, the roots are visible penetrating the ground like we are looking at a cross section of the forest.

Under the Canopy
Mixed Media with Fused Glass
16" X 12" Mounted on 1/8" Aquabord 
Varnished, Unframed

I'd love to hear which of these you like best and why. Feedback is a wonderful thing.

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  1. They are all amazing, I love the fused glass additions, especially!

    1. Thank you so much, Rolina. I like the fused glass too. Now I need to figure out how to incorporate glass in my larger paintings. Lots of small pieces or do I search for a good method to attach large glass pieces. They add such a nice unique element to my work.

  2. I like them all, but the first is my favorite, April. So innovative and fun! :-)

    1. Thanks, Sandy. Also the most unpredictable approach, but I think worth it.


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