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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Champagne for Lunch" 20" X 36" watercolor

Champagne for Lunch by April M Rimpo
Champagne for Lunch
20 X 36" image
29" X 44" with white mat and golden metal frame

$3400   SOLD

Lunch with Champagne or Champagne for Lunch: I keep changing my mind what to call this painting. It must have something to do with how much Champagne to drink. Regardless which title, this painting is a celebration of light: direct light from the windows, the glow of chandeliers, the reflections on champagne bottles, reflections on the interior windows, and the shadowed area through the distant door that hides mysteries of more amazing art sequestered in the restaurant at Musee D'Orsay. It's a wonderful place to enjoy the amazing art on display, including sculpture and ornate murals on the walls and ceiling. This restaurant hummed with activity and definitely hit the spot from a culinary perspective as well.  Of course what else would you expect in Paris.  

This painting was also included in the 2017 Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. Then in 2018 it found its way into Splash 19, North Light Publishers' the 2018 Edition of their Best of Watercolor book series. I consider this publication nirvana in the world of watercolor. I was one of 126 artists selected for the publications from a field of over 1700. I feel giddy, like maybe I've been drinking too much Champagne.

Now I'm delighted it will grace a new home, having been purchased through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.  I hope to be able to obtain a photograph of "Champagne for Lunch" in their home.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Fruit Vendors", 22" X 19" watercolor

Fruit Vendors by April M. Rimpo

Fruit Vendors is based on a photograph taken in Antigua, Guatemala. This painting is intended to capture part of everyday life in Guatemala.  It was morning and these women were setting up their stand for the day.  They were located near a church which was visited by tourists and locals and both appeared to be their clientele. In the background were buildings and people who were at a level above the vendors, that I felt would detract from the vendors and their fruit.
Fruit Vendors
22" X 19" image
28" X 25" brushed silver frame
I started with a design that had very little in the background, but as the painting developed I decided I needed to have more to balance with the front of the painting. My first revision was to add some plants to the background on the left side.  I placed them all at about the same height because I thought the umbrella should be the only item that went to the top of the painting.  However as the painting progressed I felt the woman on the right was off by herself with only a few items of fruit in front of her. There was a large empty gap between the fruit and her that went up to the umbrella.  So I decided to add a few plants on her side of the painting.  This proved to be not enough.  The top still felt quite empty and really needed something dark in the upper left quadrant of the painting.

I decided to research plants native to Guatemala.  I found one called “Heliconia Wagneriana” that had dark stems, long leaves, and great blossoms that had the same reddish orange I used in several other place within the painting.  These plants grow from 5 to 15 feet tall, so they were a good candidate to fill the space.  I found a few different photographs of this plant then drew it to fill in the space that I thought would balance the design. I think the addition of this plant did the trick.  What do you think?  I'd love to hear from you. 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

"Ready to Roll", 22" X 22" and "Delivery Trike", 19.5" X 27.5"

Delivery Trike by April M. Rimpo
Delivery Trike
19.5" X 27.5" image
27" X 35" brushed silver framed


On Exhibit at Laurel Art Guild's 48th Annual Open Juried Exhibition from
March 10 - 31. The Opening Reception will be held March 12, from 2 - 4 PM.

Delivery Trike is part of my bicycle series, although in this case an adult size tricycle.  I had seen this trike at a park at least 15 years ago and immediately thought there would someday be a painting. I’m not sure if it is something about the geometric contrast between the wheels and spokes with the overgrown plants behind the trike, or the contrast with the bright linear rectangles of the crates on the back platform.  Regardless of the original attraction I think it is both of these characteristics that continued to summon me to the original photograph. 
I remember being amused by the thought of a large delivery tricycle and thought others would equally be amused.  It felt like a throw-back to another era and  the overgrown plants behind the trike told me it had not been used for a long time.  It now felt more like a decoration, but I believe at one time it was a very useful vehicle. I hope my rendition will make people think back to earlier times when our ingenuity brought about vehicles like this to help us do our work and the elegance of such solutions.

Other bicycle paintings can be seen in these blog posts:

Prints are available in my online shop.

One other bicycle painting that I have not described in a blog is shown below.  Ready to Roll was a playful piece where geometric squares and triangles were played against the circular wheels of the bike and curve of the handle bars.
Ready to Roll by April M. Rimpo

Ready to Roll
watercolor and gouache
22" X 22" image
28" X 28" brushed silver frame

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