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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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Monday, May 7, 2018

"Traffic Jam at the Concert" 24"x18" Acrylic

Traffic Jam at the Concert by April M Rimpo

Traffic Jam at the Concert
Acrylic
24" X 18"


Traffic jams occur everywhere, on streets, in narrow canals, in bicycle paths, and in stadiums. This painting shares a moment as the crowds arrive for a concert, full of excitement and anticipation just to be held up in a jam waiting for tickets to be taken.  As they break out of the jam they disperse as quickly as possible like being shot out of a tube. They return to their state of excitement and anticipation.

This painting was selected by Kathleen Conover to be included in the Baltimore Watercolor Society's 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition.


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Feature Exhibit at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery


After a little over a year with HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, I am delighted to be featured in the gallery, from May 6 through May 27, 2018, along with Alice St. Germain-Gray. 

Alice St. Germain-Gray’s creative expressions merge both art & science to produce delicate and evocative pieces born of fire and glass. Her art has been featured in numerous publications, and she is a sought after contributor in workshops and conferences with national and international artists.

I share stories of places I've visited through my paintings. Some pieces are an amalgamation of various places, bringing the essence of each together to create an emotional expression, rather than a representation of just one.  It is important to me to use color to express my feelings about a place, so
my color palette varies with my emotions. Here are a few of the 24 paintings you will see at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery during May. HorseSpirit is located at 8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland.

Glacial River by April M Rimpo

Paddling by Aprl M Rimpo

The Dugouts by April M Rimpo

Dinner Line by April M Rimpo

Snack Time by April M Rimpo
Caboose by April M Rimpo
I'd love to see you at the gallery. If you can't attend on May 6th, let me know when you plan to visit and I'll try to meet you there.

Purchase through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
Open 6 days a week (Closed Tuesdays)


April’s paintings can be found in several editions of Arylicworks: The Best of Acrylic Painting and in the 2018 edition of Splash19: Illusion of Light, Best of Watercolor.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

"Dockside" 5" X 31" fluid acrylic

Dockside by April M Rimpo

Dockside
Fluid Acrylic
8.5" X 34.5" with wood frame

Purchase through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
410.461.3505 info@horsespiritartsgallery.com 
Open 6 days a week (Closed Tuesdays)

There are certain types of scenes that become part of who we are. Places that are calm and serene and memories of special times. This is one of those for me. The location doesn't seem to matter. For me this scene brings back memories from my childhood when we visited an aunt and uncle who had a place in Rhode Island near a dock. It also brings back memories of trips to the coast of Maine, Annapolis, Maryland, Santa Cruz, and Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. 

It's not that all of these places look exactly the same, but they all have docks and piers and a calming, relaxing effect on me. The sailboats bring back memories of sailing with a cousin in very small sailboat barely big enough for two. 

Do you have great memories of places on the water? I'd love to hear them. 





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Friday, April 6, 2018

SpringFest Ellicott City Art


This year Ellicott City's SpringFest adds art demonstrations, face painting, and an Art Display with selections of artwork by artists and galleries sprinkled throughout Old Ellicott City.  As a member of the Ellicott City Arts Coalition and an artist represented by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, I will have art both in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery and in an Art Display Tent.


Caboose, Snack Time, and Sunset by April M Rimpo


At left are some of April's artwork that will be available for purchase.

Caboose
Acrylic on Canvas
4" X 6" gallery wrap

Snack Time
Fluid Acrylic
8"X8" in
10"X10" silver wood frame




Sunset
Fluid Acrylic on Aquabord

in 6.5" X 6.5" golden wood frame

It's bound to be a fun day with 7 artists engaging you with art demonstrations, face painting for the children (and young at heart), plus artwork by more than a dozen artists and 6 galleries on display. 




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"Construction Rhythms" 12" X 20" Fluid Acrylic

Construction Rhythms I by April M Rimpo
Construction Rhythms I
Fluid Acrylic
12" X 20" painting
18" X 27" bronze-tone metal frame

$960

On exhibit in MFA's Curve Gallery - an online gallery
  April 15 - May 31

A link will be provided once the exhibit is available.

Construction Rhythms I received the 3rd Place Award

Available for Purchase Now

Working for a Living Exhibition at Maryland Federation of Art's Curve Gallery

Juror:

John James Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, arts writer, and curator who lives and works in Michigan. A former professor of art and design, he has taught at American University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, George Mason University, George Washington University, and Prince George’s Community College. His arts coverage has appeared in Art in America, Sculpture, Washington City Paper and The Washington Times, and he was recently selected for an arts writers workshop through the Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital. A recipient of several grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, his work has been covered in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, the A/V Club, and Hyperallergic.

Juror’s Statement

In the first half of the 20th Century, labor was a common subject for works of art. Labor on the farm and in factories was a repeated element of Communist and Fascist propaganda (it still is, in fact). In the U.S. the theme consumed Regionalist painting—most notably of Thomas Hart Benton—and of photography commissioned by the Works Progress Administration. 19th Century paintings, like Caillebotte’s “The Floor Scrapers,” Courbet’s “The Stone Breakers,” or Eakins’ “The Gross Clinic;” along with numerous paintings featuring bartenders, dancers, oar-pulling boatsmen as their subjects: all depict some matter of work. Further back in the Western tradition, art is cluttered with work or the products of it: whether depictions of middle-class Dutch tradesmen surrounded by their wares, the portraits of courtiers, or the armies of kings engaged in battle. Even Michelangelo painted God making heaven and earth.
Vocation. Avocation. Live to work. Work to live. Factory. Farm. Right to work. Minimum wage. Fair wage. Wall Street. Main Street. Migrant labor. Day labor. Sweatshop. Blue collar. White collar. Our vernacular is filled with terms that involve some way to describe work: some go so far as to load these words with the baggage of politics, shepherding us into strictures of status and class. Even here, within this contest—thanks to the history of images that has shaped our common understanding of visual art, and  the language that shapes our common culture—the submitted images overwhelmingly focused on the various arts of entertainment, a transaction or exchange of money for goods, and professions of hard manual labor.
Of the 232 submitted images, and of the 45 selected work, many were photographs. It was evident several of the works submitted were done by an artist enchanted by a novelty of subject, or place, in much the same way thumbing through a National Geographic stirs our interest in the unfamiliar. Despite many intriguing images and subjects, what made my attention return were the formal structures of composition and design, color and value. Narrative also played a part in both initial selections, and awards: how many stories could be pulled from the image beyond the illustration of a person working.
My thanks to the MFA Circle Gallery for inviting me to jury this exhibition, and to the artists for submitting and sharing their work.

AWARDS

1st Place, Peter Treiber, Sandblasting, Hoboken Yard
1st Place, Joanne Strehle Bast, The WINDOW WASHER
2nd Place, Stephen Thomas Hanks, Industrial Park
2nd Place, Judith Ann Guenther, Job Well Done
3rd Place, April M. Rimpo, Construction Rhythms I
3rd Place, Ted MuellerIn Process
Honorable Mention, Lisa Briganti Rath, Gyros on the Street
Honorable Mention, Emily Carter Mitchell, Clam Digging
Honorable Mention, George Sass,Happy Meals
*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Artist's Artwork Statement
Construction Rhythms was a fun painting to design. Whenever you have figures in scene they become an automatic focal point. Deciding where to place them was the challenge. I also loved the ladders and orange lifts, but didn't want them to take precedence over the men. After playing around with different croppings I decided to use this Cross layout, placing the standing man next to the crossing point. He is also between the two orange lifts, which are color spots that will automatically attract your eye. I'm hoping the man on the lower-right platform is a happy surprise.

I love the patterns of the construction platforms, the ladders, and the architectural lines; so I decided to incorporate additional subtle patterns in quieter passages of the building to repeat those shapes.

For the color scheme I decided on a triad of blue, orange, and yellow. Browns are considered part of the yellow family and can be mixed using combinations of blue and orange. The grays were combinations of all three elements of the triad.  

Also see Digging a Hole - another painting of men at work

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

"Digging a Hole" 12" X 12" Fluid Acrylic

Digging a Hole by April M Rimpo

Digging a Hole
Fluid Acrylic 
12" X 12" mounted on a board and varnished, ready to frame

$400, including shipping within the United States

Available for Purchase Here

I've been thinking about painting construction workers for a while. Generally I am amused by the fact that, if there are three workers at a site, it typically looks like one is working and the others are watching. The day I photographed these men, who were digging a hole related to the installation of new traffic signals, I saw both of them were working quite hard. The particular shot that resulted in this painting happened to be taken shortly after the standing man finished digging the hole and the other was now starting to work inside it.  No disrespect to either man. 

Anyone who works in the elements: in construction, landscaping, installations like the one shown here, deserve a thanks for braving whatever the weather may serve up on a given day.  They don't get to pick and choose which days they'll be working outdoors. Since I dislike both very hot and very cold weather I appreciate what these people do for us.

Also see Construction Rhythms I - another painting of men at work

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Inspirations through Travel : Near and Far

I'm often asked where I get my inspirations for my paintings and whether I ever struggle with what to paint.  Ideas for paintings have never been a problem for me because I am so fascinated by the world around me. Landscapes, Cityscapes, and figures captured during everyday observation help tell the story of a place.  I have learned that I love sharing these stories.  Even if you see a very different story in my painting, that is great too. My story may have been my inspiration, but your story is what really matters. 

Recently I became aware of Jen Reviews' blog that includes the 100 Best Things to Do in Maryland.  Reading the list I thought the places I've visited might be an interesting example of the variety of places that compel me to paint. Don't miss the link to Jen Reviews' link near the end of this post.


Egrets' Haven by April M Rimpo
7" X 5" Acrylic on Aquabord
Some have been as far away as New Zealand, Guatemala, France, Norway, and others right here in Maryland, where I live.  My little painting on Aquabord, titled Egrets' Haven was inspired by a visit to, Assateague State Parkwhich is quite close to Ocean City, Maryland.

You've likely hear of Assateague because of the wild horses that live there. I was lucky to get photographs of the horses while there and am sure that one of these days they will appear in a painting.



Tall Ship Gloria by April M Rimpo



Even this painting of the Colombian tall ship, Gloria, was inspired here in Maryland at the Baltimore Inner Harbor, during Sailibration, an event held annually to commemorate the War of 1812. More than 40 tall ships visit the Inner Harbor to participate in the celebration. In the lower left of this painting, near the bow of the ship, you get a sense of the crowds that come to visit these beautiful ships each year.

Tall Ship
Watercolor
23" X 10"
in a 29" X 16" frame with a white mat







B & O Caboose by April M Rimpo
Historic Ellicott City, sometimes called simply Old Ellicott City, is a quaint town that preserves its history down to the color of paint used on the buildings in town. This painting is a view down Main Street showing the clock by the Train Station Museum, where a B & O caboose is on display. The real caboose no longer rides the rails, but it seemed only fitting to transport it back in history.



B & O Caboose
Original Sold, but
Prints Available at
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, 8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland

Spring by the River by April M Rimpo


A little over 20 miles from Ellicott City is the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden in Brookeville, MD 20833. Nestled on a hill adjacent to a reservoir is this garden that comes to life each Spring, just in time for Mother's Day. I visit it every few years to capture the gorgeous blooms in a wide variety of color. 




Spring by the River
Fluid Acrylic
24" X 36"
Original Sold



A Clutter of Kayaks by April M Rimpo

Traveling toward Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, you come across many waterways and small parks where you can sit and relax or meet up with friends to kayak on the river.

A Clutter of Kayaks
Fluid Acrylic
20" X 36"


Summer Breezes by April M Rimpo

Summer Breezes
is inspired by the Annapolis City Dock, which is located near the Annapolis capitol building and not far from the Naval Academy.  As the name implies, this is a nice place to sit on a bench to relax and take in the sights.



Summer Breezes
Fluid Acrylic
11" X 14"

I hope you enjoyed this small tour, through my eyes and art, of just a few of the places you can visit in Maryland.  

If you are interested in learning about more places to visit, take a look at this Jen Reviews article, 100 Best Things to Do in Maryland.  I've only been to a few of these locations, but agree they deserve to be included.  This list now has me intrigued to explore other regions of Maryland to check out more places to see and enjoy; and just maybe paint. 



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