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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Interacting with the Public - An Artist's View

Having completed a day of conducting demos of "Patterns in your Paintings" to the public, it seemed like a good idea to share what I learned. This is the first time I've taught in a public space. I was setup in Still Life Gallery during Ellicott City Arts Coalition's Art Walk. 

My plan included:
Showing Off ©April M Rimpo
  • Techniques I wanted to show, 
  • Paintings at various stages of completion on a variety of substrates (e.g., paper, Aquabord), 
  • Drawings prepared, 
  • Texturing materials, 
  • Paint (tube acrylic and fluid acrylic) packed, 
  • iPad setup with the browser open to my favorite color scheme website
I had eight completed paintings on display, some that included patterns and some that did not. It was important to stress that if patterns won't enhance a painting, then don't use them.

Feather Leg  ©April M Rimpo
 So I was ready.... but worried about what people might ask and whether I would really be ready.

Well I'm happy to report it went really well.  It took me a while to get comfortable striking up a conversation as  people came through the gallery.  But they were friendly and asked great questions. Some were fascinated with the sense of depth in my paintings and enjoyed discovering the patterns hidden within some of them.
Morning Doves ©April M Rimpo

My favorite exchange was with a little girl who offered color choices for the painting I was working on. She was delightful to talk to and had really great ideas of what colors work together.  I couldn't disagree with any of her suggestions.  She went on her way with her parents before the painting was complete, but I think she would be pleased with the result.  Her father whispered to me that she has already told him she plans to be an artist and I told him she had a good sense of color.  See Morning Doves which includes her color choices.

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  1. That sweet story made me smile! Congratulations on the Artsy Shark feature. Love your paintings, April!

    1. Thank you, Chris. I thought the little girl was just precious and had to share.

  2. Thanks for sharing this with us April. Love all of these and the doves caught my eye right away :)

    1. Sheila- I had a hard time getting the doves to photograph well. I think the patterning in the background is a little more visible across the whole back and not just the right side, but the colors are pretty accurate. So glad you like it. Thank you.


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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