|Rain in Montmartre by April M Rimpo|
Rain in Montmartre
Fluid Acrylic, gallery wrapped and varnished
26" X 20"
This rain did not stop me from taking many photographs of Montmartre, including the images that inspired Rain in Montmartre. The lights from the shops and a bit of sunlight created great reflected color on the wet cobblestones. Several others were exploring Montmartre from under their umbrellas. Shopkeepers were setting out artwork and other wares for the day as we strolled through the streets. All and all a wonderful memory and we enjoyed our exploration.
I started the painting with a little bit of soft acrylic intended to capture the lightest reflections in the cobblestones and add a little bit of texture. The balance of the painting was done with fluid acrylic so I could layer washes of color and build up to the dark values. Using a lot of sprayed water to create rivulets and allowing the water and paint to run vertically I captured the look of rain, while letting them run horizontally I created more texture in the cobble stoned street and brick sidewalks. Retaining the colors shining from inside the shops at the same time communicating the rainy outside was the greatest challenge of this painting.
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