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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
Varnished and Framed
in a Silver Wooden Frame 

$1700


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Exhibited in a Baltimore Watercolor Society Member Show at Quiet Waters Park, receiving a Signature Member Honorable Mention Award.

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.

Learn more about the other paintings shown in the inset:

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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 and 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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