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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Night Scenes by April Rimpo

Nighttime Stroll 30" X 24" Fluid Acrylic
by April M Rimpo


I've started a series of night scenes and wanted to share not only the paintings but a little bit about the pigments I used to accomplish these.



Nighttime Stroll
Fluid Acrylic

30" X 24" *












Quiet Times 11" X 14" Watercolor by April  Rimpo





Quiet Times
Watercolor



11" X 14" *




I often find it is best to experiment with color before starting a painting where I want something different.  In this case, the colors that work best for nighttime scenes are still luminous and not what artists call muddy.  Muddy colors are dull and lifeless.

In the fluid acrylic painting, Nighttime Stroll, I started with pale pastel color in the underpainting that I know would work well for the pale blossoms on the trees and also lend a glow to the rest of the surroundings.  The dark sky was worked second to get an idea of the value range from the lightest areas by the street lights to the darkest areas of the sky. At the very end I wet the entire surface and applied one final coat of the grayed blend of blue I was using in the sky over the entire surface (except by tree near the light) to add continuity and to shroud it all in night. The blend was primarily Indigo with touches of Permanent Alizarin Red, and Yellow Ochre to gray it.  These three colors have recently found there way into several of my fluid acrylic paintings, a new favorite triad of color for me.

Quite Time is watercolor and required a different set of pigments. This time a different triad of Daniel Smith Indanthrone Blue, Permanent Orange, and Hansa Yellow Medium. These were a new combination for me that I found through some research in a blog by Jane Blundell (https://janeblundellart.blogspot.com/search?q=mixing), where she presents complements that make a good "black" and perfect neutral blends.  I chose this particular triad also because it supports not only the dark sky but also a great set of greens that I knew I needed for the foreground. I love how three pigments can be used to create such a wide variety of colors.

I added a fourth color for the light sky areas (Daniel Smith Magnesium Blue). How I decided to use this particular color is a story for another blog post. 

* Both paintings will be varnished and framed. 


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

"Harvest Time", 29" X 34" watercolor and fluid acrylic

"You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have."  Maya Angelou
Harvest Time, fluid acrylic and watercolor, by April M. Rimpo
Some paintings require time to pass before you come back to them and decide to finally finish them.  This is one of those, but I think it was worth the wait.


Harvest Time
Fluid Acrylic and Watercolor
28" X 32" painting
$2200


When out walking near my home in Maryland I got an inspiration for this painting.  I had noticed earlier in the day that a tractor was in a neighbor’s field.  Some of the wheat had been plowed, but most was still in the field.  I decided it was a good opportunity to get some tractor pictures so I took my camera with me.  I had gotten a new zoom lens that went to 300 and thought I would try it out.  After I photographed the tractor I walked past another field where the wheat was right next to the road.  I noticed the beautiful range of gold, blue and green colors in the wheat and took some photos.  While photographing the wheat I thought it would be fun to play with overlaying the tractor on the close-up of the wheat.  This would result in an interesting texture under the tractor.  When I got home I tried it and the design for Harvest Time was born.

I painted the wheat first using fluid acrylic so the wheat pattern would not diffuse when I paint the tractor over the wheat.  The tractor was done in watercolor.  Since the wheat is primarily golden I wanted a blue and purple tractor to create a nice complement to the wheat.  The tractor I had photographed was blue and green, so I replaced the green parts of the tractor with purple.  Not a color that would be typical in a tractor but I believe combining the purple with the blue made it believable and provided an exciting contrast with the surrounding wheat.  

Below are two photographs of the work in progress.  The first shows only the acrylic painting of the close up wheat (Masking fluid still on the painting), the second shows the painting after the tractor was added and the masking fluid removed, but before I have painted on the masked areas to integrate these lighter passages.

Harvest Time WIP: Acrylic  background of
close-up wheat

Harvest Time WIP: After adding watercolor
 combine and

removing much of the masking fluid





































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Monday, July 23, 2018

"Art Fest" 21" X 12" Fluid Acrylic

Art Fest by April M Rimpo






Art Fest

Fluid Acrylic
21" X 12" image

$1050












I've attended a lot of art festivals and they often are filled with tents where each artist shows their wares.  This one was a bit different since it was held next to a park surrounded by a wraught iron fence.  Each artist hung or leaned their works against the fence or set up an easel or table to work further from the fence.  It seemed a bit more intimate this way. The sun fell through the surrounding trees creating interesting patterns on the walkways, but still providing enough light to let you see the artwork. Since I enjoy painting people and bicycles, and this artist arrived on a bike, I just had to include him in my celebration of an Art Fest.

A nice memory that came back to me after completing this painting was how I once participated in an art fest at a lovely botanical garden where we also hung our art on the fence.  I love how art can bring back memories. 

Please share your festival experiences with me in a comment. Have you ever hung art on a fence?  Did it rain during a festival and you were grateful to be under a tent?  

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Zydeco" a 20" X 12" fluid acrylic painting

Zydeco by April M Rimpo

Zydeco
20" X 12" acrylic in brushed silver frame

Available for Purchase - learn more here

There's nothing like a 4-day concert to get my juices flowing. Not only for the fantastic music but also for the emotion of the concert, the place, the musicians, and the people who attend.  As a visual artist I want to share it all, which I do through my paintings. This was my first experience enjoying Zydeco music; it was so much fun.  

Enjoy more of my artwork celebrating those days:
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Arriving Home" and "On the Canal" Celebrating Venice


Celebrating Venice

Arriving Home by April M Rimpo





Arriving Home
Watercolor and Fluid Acrylic

32" X 24" painting in
39" X 31" frame with white mat









On the Canal by April M Rimpo









On the Canal
Watercolor

17" X 14" painting in 
25" X 22" wood frame






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By the Sea

I can't think of the phrase, "By the Sea," without this tune flashing through my mind.

"By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be!"
Excerpt from "By the Beautiful Sea" from the musical "For Me and My Gal"
(Harold Atleridge / Harry Carrol) (1914)

I find paintings can work the same way. During the creation of a painting I feel like I am transported back to the place that inspired it. It always makes me smile when someone sees one of my paintings and tells me about a memory they feel when they see it.  It is the greatest thing that someone can tell me. 

So I've decided not to share my story about the paintings in this blog post and ask that you share yours with me. Please leave a comment.


Fishing Day by April M Rimpo









Fishing Day
24" X 18" Fluid Acrylic














Dockside by April M Rimpo

Dockside
5" X 31" Fluid Acrylic painting
8.5" X 34.5" wood frame that has a bit of a weathered-board appearance.


Masts on High by April M Rimpo





Masts on High
14" X 10" Watercolor

Available to Purchase - Learn more here











Below you can see how including paintings around a consistent theme can enhance a room.  

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"La Gelateria" 24" X 18" fluid acrylic

In Situ Image includes: La Gelateria,
Percussion: A Serious Business, and A Better View
"I always think of shade as being full of light. That is why I like to use the word shade rather than light and shadow. Shade seems to play over the thing, envelop it, better define it, while shadow seems to fall on the thing and stain the surface with darks." -John Sloan
La Gelateria by April M Rimpo



















La Gelateria
24" X 18" fluid acrylic

Available for Purchase


La Gelatoria celebrates New Orleans and all the great hidden away spots throughout the French Quarter. It is a study of light from bright direct light to subtle variations in the shade. It was interesting to see how the people walking down the bright street had their heads down, trying to keep the sun out of their eyes, which those in the shade sat quietly enjoying a cup or gelato from the local shop. 

I particularly love the cast shadows from the stairs above, plus the bits of shine on the French Quarter's cast iron railings that pick up pale reflected color from their surroundings.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Rush Hour" 36" X 24" Fluid Acrylic


Rush Hour by April M Rimpo


Rush Hour
Fluid Acrylic
36" X 24" gallery wrapped

$2075


April Rimpo is one of 63 artists selected for Maryland Federation of Art's
 American Landscapes Exhibition
by show juror Joann Moser. Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita, of Smithsonian American Art Museum was the Museum’s Senior Curator of Graphic  Arts from 1986- 2016.
Rush Hour will be on exhibit August 23rd through September 2, 2018 Reception & Awards: Sunday, September 9th, 3-5pm 



ABOUT THE PAINTING
Although the traffic was at a halt, the undulation of the rolling hills, making waves of city buildings appear before us, provides a different type of motion through the city. I can only hope the drivers, who are waiting to move, can see how lovely the city is laid out before them. Even the crane, that reveals the constant change in every city, seems to add to the rhythm of city life.

You can see more "Traffic Jam" paintings at these links:


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Main Street" 9" X 12" Acrylic on Canvas

April M Rimpo standing under her painting, Main Street.
See the little red dot on the tag? It was sold at the reception.
Main Street by April M Rimpo

Main Street
9" X 12" painting
14" X 17" frame
$360

SOLD 

Through the Howard County Arts Council Gallery
8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Re-Create Ellicott City Benefit Exhibit
July 9 - August 17, 2018




How can you help Ellicott City artists on the road to recovery? Visit the Howard County Center for the Arts to see our Paint It! Ellicott City show and the Re-Create Ellicott City Benefit Exhibit. A percentage of sales goes to the Re-Create Ellicott City Grant that will provide funds to artists and non-profits recovering from the May 27th flood. April is contributing 75% of the sale of this painting.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

"Reflections IV" in Secolari at the Columbia Mall

Reflections IV
Fluid Acrylic on Canvas
30" X 10"
$525


 Reflections IV intermixes a water garden with reflections of the sky in the lily pond. Capturing the deep blues of the sky and the ethereal clouds add mystery to the surface of the water. For me the sky enhanced the subtle tints of colors in the lily pads. 

You can enjoy this piece at Secolari's, where it is available for purchase. 
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Friday, June 8, 2018

My Fundraiser to support Recovery of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

"Glacial River" This painting is a witness
 to the flood that survived.

The flood that occurred in Ellicott City on May 27, 2018 came less than two years after the flood in 2016. The town had rebuilt with businesses reopening between October 2016 through as recently as the last 2 or 3 months. Now the town is torn asunder again. It is so sad to see.  Sadly, one man died when helping with a rescue during the flood. My heart goes out to his family and friends.  

Many of you have asked the status of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, where you know I have artwork along with 45+ other artists.  HorseSpirit is at the bottom of a steep hill of a historic mill town, Ellicott City.  They had water rise 6 to 7 feet on the first floor, resulting in 95% of the artwork on that floor destroyed. There was some leakage on the 2nd and 3rd floors, but I am not aware of any damage to artwork on those floors. 

I was very lucky with only one of my five paintings on the first floor floated away and one other that dipped 2" into the rising rain water. I got back the painting that has 2" of the bottom in water and was delighted that it was easy to clean. Although it had been gallery wrapped, I removed the stretcher bars, since they looked saturated in water, and removed the paper that wrapped around the sides. The surface of the painting was fine since it has several coats of acrylic varnish. One other painting got wet enough to require the mat and backboard be replaced, but the painting is fine. My other 20 framed paintings and bin work were on higher floors and survived without harm.  

Currently HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is closed. The wonderful owners have worked with the county and gotten access to their business a few times. They have removed all the artwork from the store and returned it to the 45+ artists. The owners are amazing people and have worked tirelessly to assess the damage, retrieve the art, and keep us well informed. The artists and many of their customers have reached out to them saying we will stay when they return. The owners have started to research a new location (outside the floodplain) to reopen their business.

Fundraiser
I've decided to place my paintings that were in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in my online store on my website so I can sell theses paintings and provide the gallery owners their commission on my sales. My goal is to help offset costs the owners incur as a result of this flood. 

Here is how this is going to work.

1. To see the items in my online galleries go to my website and browse the nine galleries on the Art page: 
  • Landscapes
  • Street/City Scenes
  • Seascapes
  • Figure/Portrait
  • Cyclists
  • Birds/Animals
  • Floral
  • Still Life
  • Transporation
2. When you purchase items that include "Supporting HorseSpirit Arts Gallery" in the description, I will donate the commission normally earned by the gallery to the wonderful, kind owners of the gallery. 
  
3. You can also ensure I provide the commission to the HorseSpirit owners on items you purchase that do NOT include "Supporting HorseSpirit Arts Gallery" in the description. All you have to do is add a note during Checkout in the Comments section, stating you are a HorseSpirit Customer

Be assured, I will absorb the transaction fee charged by the payment collection service on your purchase, it will not impact the commission paid to the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery owners.

Background on this recent flood and Old Ellicott City
Ellicott City and a few other towns in the area were extremely unlucky to have a cool front hit a warm front that hovered over the the cities. The water dumped from the sky at extremely high rates. I've heard varying reports with some as high as 10 - 12 inches of rainfall in a 2 hour period.   

Historic Ellicott City is nestled among 7 rolling hills with several small creeks and rivers converging on the town. Unfortunately, when water falls this fast it runs down the paved roads and flows into Main Street where many small businesses and homes exist.  Many of the homes are on floors above first story businesses, so those people's homes remained dry, although they were displaced from their homes because of street damage and the lack of electricity. 

In addition, many of the cars parked along Main Street were washed away by the high waters, crashing into each other and the buildings. The most astounding picture I saw that demonstrated the power of water, showed two cars standing on end leaning against a power pole and a building. The door out of the building required people to walk under the canopy made by the cars.

Everyone in this area is rooting for the best for the families and business owners of Old Ellicott City who are suffering through this ordeal. 

There are many efforts underway, trying to help all impacted by the flood. I'm hoping my fundraiser will help out HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in a significant way.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Demo at BlackRock Center for the Arts during Community Outreach Day

April Rimpo demonstrating how to transition
an abstract background to a finished painting
June 16, 2018
11 am - 2 pm
April will demonstrate how to transform an abstract underpainting to a finished painting. Samples of the abstract and the finished paintings are shown below.



  
     
   


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Quite a Run in AcrylicWorks - Best of Acrylic


It never gets old being selected for the Northlight Publications' Best of Acrylic Painting series AcrylicWorks.  Each year when the new Edition arrives I am thrilled to share it with friends and to add it to my bookshelf at home. 

AcrylicWorks3: Creative Textures featured work that used either tactile textural approaches or the illusion of texture in the work.  I had  two paintings included: Moving Up and Struggles in the Southwest.  I've included the images of the two pages for these paintings. 


Since the text for Movement was on the left page, I've included the full page spread.

In each book the artist provides a short writeup about the paintings on inspiration and technique.









At right is the second painting in AcrylicWorks3: Celebrating Textures. I found my southwest paintings were the best subject to show how I create the illusion of texture. Crevices of rocks that provide handholds for the rock climber and the texture of the rocks in the mounds of each grave were perfect subjects. 











AcrylicWorks4: Captivating Color included one of my paintings, Freight Yard, which continues to be a favorite of mine. This was likely the first time I decided to do the sky in a color other than blue. I spent a lot of time considering the color scheme of the painting to really emphasize the cranes and freight cars. A blue sky would have diminished the impact of this painting. I retained the texture of clouds but the pale yellow and brown with tiny hints of blue really makes this painting sing.
Freight Yard, 24" X 45" fluid acrylic by April M Rimpo
AcrylicWorks5: Bold Values is the 2018 Edition of Best of Acrylic Paintings and I am delighted to have two works in this book: Lanterns and MovementLanterns is in the Cityscape/Urban Scene section, while Movement is in Figures/Portraits section. 
Lanterns 24" X 18" Fluid Acrylic by April M Rimpo



Lanterns is available at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Ellicott City, Maryland. The colors pop even more in person than they do in the image here. I repeated the colors of the lanterns on the shadowed sides of the building, using purple and other dark colors to build up the middle value and darkers areas. I love how the lanterns reflect in the glass, so I included those reflections in my rendering.

This painting was included in Courtney Jordon's article 25 Acrylic Paintings from 25 Top Artists.










Movement 25" X 18" Acrylic by April M Rimpo




Movement is one of my tributes to the Triathlon that runs through our town each year. I love to photograph the cyclists and then portray them and their energy as they travel through our rural setting. When working on an abstract background, using bold values are essential to emphasize the rider. I so admire these athletes that I love to painting them.











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