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Sunday, March 24, 2019

"In Her Own World" 18" X 12" watercolor


In Her Own World, a watercolor by April M Rimpo
In Her Own World
Watercolor
18" X 12"

My husband and I attempt to visit New York City about once a year. We often take a walk through Central Park at some point during the trip. Sometimes our walk is just to enjoy a beautiful day in NYC and other times it's the shortest route to our destination. 

Last year it was chilly in New York when we were there in the Spring, so we walked quickly through the park to get to the closest Metro stop that would be a good route back to our hotel. As we approached one of the tunnels on our path I noticed this young woman sitting just inside the tunnel playing her cello. Her music was lovely. I took photographs of her as we approached and after we passed her. 

I couldn't help but wonder about her music background. For me she represented so many great musicians working hard to succeed. But maybe instead it was just a sunny Spring day and she was sharing her musical art with the world.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

"Who's the Guy with the Hat" 11" X 14" fluid acrylic by April M Rimpo

"Who's the Guy with the Hat?" by April M. Rimpo


Happiness abounds in this painting of chicks and a duckling who gaze in curiosity at the new arrival. Standing next to the abandoned shell the new chick hasn't shaken off the shell top, but is drawing a crowd that gathers to greet their new dapper friend. The duckling is so excited she can't help but dance.

Available for purchase on April's website. See this and other paintings of birds and animals here.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Fluid" 12" X 20" watercolor


Fluid, a watercolor by April M Rimpo
Fluid
Watercolor
12" X 20"

As part of my upcoming exhibit in May with Elaine Weiner-Reed we are inviting musicians, poets, and storytellers to join us in a collaboration of creatives. In preparation we've been reaching out to various writing groups to solicit people to join us. Their written word will be displayed with the painting that inspired it.

Last night I attending Wilde Readings at the Columbia Art Center to meet writers, hear their readings, and hope that just a few may join us with a piece of their own and read it at our event on May 21 (6-8pm) at Bernice Kish Gallery in Slayton House in Columbia, Maryland.  

At the event I learned that poetry about or inspired by a work of art is called Ekphrastic Poetry. This was actually mentioned by one of their guest writers, Lisa Vihos, before she knew I was there to speak about just that. Ms Vihos mentioned that everyone has a poet inside them. Earlier that day I had commented that I wouldn't be including any poetry in our event since I didn't think it was in me.  As a result of Lisa's comment I tried my hand and the following are my thoughts on my painting. Likely not the best poem, but what was in me. Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa Vihos, for telling me to try.

Fluid
The grace of these dancers is enthralling
Their fluid movements remind me of birds soaring on high
Some pass their skills to young birds ready to stretch their wings
just beginning to learn how to fly
Like mother birds who nurture their young 
to help them reach their dreams

If you are interested in participating in our Collaboration Event contact us at ewr.amr.collaborations@gmail.com and we'll provide images of some of our artwork. 

If you would like to attend one of our free Collaboration Events (May 21st and May 22) please let us to expect you.

I found an article about writing ekphrastic poetry online. It recommends that a group of poets write together. If you are in a poetry group that would like to do just that, feel free and we'll figure out how to present a variety of writings on the same painting. Here's a link to the article, 5 Tips for Writing Ekphrastic Poetry.
  
To learn more about Wilde Readings check out their Facebook Page @wildereadingscolumbia 

To see work by Lisa Vihos visit her Frying the Onion page on her website

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

"Student Brushes" 15" X 21" watercolor

Student Brushes by April M. Rimpo

Student Brushes
Watercolor
15" X 21" image
21" X 27" brushed silver frame
$1100



Recently my family visited to help celebrate my son's graduation from college. While they were here they browsed through some of my paintings and my ever astute brother, commented that it seemed like I had two styles to my work; some are loose and others are very detailed.  Student Brushes falls into the latter category.  I was aware I did this in my work.  I find that after finishing a detailed painting like this one I feel like I need to do something more fluid.  The shift makes me relax and focus more on responding to what is happening with the paint and less about the details.  What you might find interesting, however, is that those "loose" paintings require so much concentration to pay attention to the paint and respond that they can be exhausting.

So what do I do next?  I start a detailed painting which I have well planned and the cycle begins over again.  At the beginning of a painting like Student Brushes I find I get very relaxed, just chipping away to create the image.  I often have to work out how to accomplish the look of something in the painting. For example, the brushes with lots of old dry paint were a bit of a challenge when I started, as was keeping the metal ferrules looking shiny, yet dotted with paint.  Once I have figured out how to render the subject I repeat it until the painting is done. I am nearly always really happy with the final result on these detailed paintings since I have done a lot of planning and design before I touch brush to paper.

I am happy to report that not only I liked this one, but so did the juror of the San Diego Watercolor Society 33rd International Exhibition and more recently Sterling Edwards, the juror for the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 35th Anniversary International Juried Show. 

More thrilling is that the painting found someone who loved it and wanted it for their home. As always, thanks to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery for their wonderful caring staff who help find homes for my work and that of 40+ other artists.

It is fascinating to me that I like both approaches to watercolor and that I actually need both to keep me happy.  Do you find you have any interesting quirks in your approach to painting?  I'd love to hear about them.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

"Connecting" 36" X 20" watercolor

Connecting by April M. Rimpo

Connecting
Watercolor
36" (h) X 20" (w)

Continuing with my series Masterful Musicians, Connecting represents my awe of this master Blues, R&B, and Jazz performer, Vanessa Collier. Multi-talented, Vanessa writes much of her music, has a voice to die for, performs incredible solos on the sax while roaming among the audience, and shares soulful pieces on the guitar. She gathers a number of young talented musicians around her delivering a show that connects so well with the audience you will never forget her. Some songs grab onto you and you find yourself humming them for days after watching this masterful woman share her love of music and energy in every performance.  Play your heart out, Vanessa Collier.

Check out this painting during my two-person exhibit with Elaine Weiner-Reed, Portraits of Life: The Art of Storytelling. Elaine is equally mesmerized with Vanessa Collier's music and will also have some paintings that celebrate Vanessa's music. 

Portraits of Life: The Art of Storytelling
Two Artists ~ Two Styles~ One Vision

May 8 through June 9, 2019

Rimpo and Weiner-Reed are passionate about their paintings telling stories about life. Although they work in other subject matter, portraits are their favorite subject for telling stories. Their art explores the depths of the world around them: portraying cultures and people, honoring history and traditions, depicting the emotional content of an encounter, and revealing the undercurrents of human interaction. 

Location: Bernice Kish Gallery in Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 
  • Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18 (3-5pm)
  • Collaboration with musicians and writers: Tuesday, May 21 (6-8pm)
    • BOB JACOBSON (Saxophone, Clarinet)
    • ANN BRACKEN (Poet, Author, Creator of Possibilities)
    • Full lineup in process
  • Colaboration with Rogue Collective: Wednesday, May 22 (6-8pm)
    Based in the Washington DC area, Rogue Collective explores "the gap" between classical and popular music through collaboration, original composition, improvisation and performance. 
    • ALEXA CANTALUPO (violinist) 
    • KAITLIN MORENO (violinist) 
    • NATALIE SPEHAR (cellist) 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"Aglow" 14" X 10" fluid acrylic and watercolor



Aglow by April M. Rimpo
Aglow
fluid acrylic and watercolor
14" X 10" varnished and framed

$375 within the United States*

Contact April regarding purchase outside USA or if interested in the painting without the frame

When sitting in a park (Madison Square Park in NYC) a woman appeared in the distance carrying a parasol to block the bright sun.  As she passed in and out of shaded spots the umbrella would light up like a spotlight.  She was wearing light colors and her hair was blond so she appeared to almost glow against the backdrop of the park. With my camera at the ready I started taking photographs as she walked in hopes of catching a moment when she was lit up by the sun.  I wanted to feature the stark contrast between the glowing woman and the dark textured foliage and fence rails that she passed.   My painting, Aglow, was the result.  
I decided I wanted to make the background very colorful to add a lot of interest since I planned to make the colors of the woman very light and simple. The contrast of light against dark augmented with simple versus complex color blends felt right. 

I chose to use fluid acrylics for the background which I first applied in a few areas and let partially dry before washing off most of the color. This approach leaves a ragged edge "batik-like" appearance that added texture to the background. While the background was very wet, I flowed in a wide variety of colors: blues to make the orange parasol pop, reds, greens, golden, and purple hues that blended and swirled to make wonderful variety in the dark background. The balance of the painting was done with watercolor. I saved some spots of white which I later tinted with pale colors to add a bit of sparkle throughout the painting. 

Follow this link to see other paintings where I combine fluid acrylic and watercolor


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Friday, February 15, 2019

"Serenity Found" 20" X 60" watercolor


Serenity Found
Watercolor

20" X 60" painting
23" X 63" frame

Available at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
Contact Info:m301.490.2001 info@horsespiritartsgallery.com

In Serenity Found my goal was to create a painting that could provide a great place to relax at the end of the day.  Taking inspiration from a photograph I took mid-morning and shifting it to sunset allowed me to contrast the distant mountains with the near desert plain using complementary colors and cool versus warm colors.  I decided to make it an early sunset so the horses wouldn't be entirely backlit, allowing me to show some of their details. 

I hope you enjoy viewing this painting and that it has a healing effect on you, removing any stresses from your day.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

"Cycling" and "Race": Different approaches to showing their movement

Cycling 14" X 11" Fluid Acrylic
by April M Rimpo




         Cycling
Fluid Acrylic
14" X 11" gallery wrapped and varnish
$375

Available for purchase on my website.









Race 18" X 12" Fluid Acrylic
by April M Rimpo



Race
Fluid Acrylic
18" X 12" gallery wrapped and varnish
$540

Read more about this painting on my website

Race was selected for the Georgia Watercolor Society's 2019 National Exhibition on exhibit 
March 9 through April 26, 2019.

The exhibition is held in:
Bowen Center for the Arts
334 Highway 9N
Dawsonville, GA 30534


Wondering how these paintings evolved? Sometimes you can't really tell when you look at a finished painting where is started from.  I think Cycling falls in that category, while Race is much more obvious. Let take a look.

First I created the backgrounds for the two paintings by spraying water and applying fluid acrylic paint until I had the "netting" background I like to use when painting high energy paintings. My cyclist paintings are nearly always in this category because they are so active when they flying by.
Cycling Underpainting & Drawing
Race Underpainting





















You can barely see the warm underpainting that was the beginning of Cycling in the final piece. It evolved through a variety of stages eventually ending up with a fairly dark background of purple, burnt orange, and dark greens to represent the natural treed background. A lighter swath of mostly pale greens and yellows for the grasses by the road that are lit by the sun. Only the drips that cross the road remain from the underpainting.
Race at start of demo

On the contrary, I decided to start by painting the woman in Race allowing some of the underpainting to come through providing the illusion of shadows on her body. I so liked this appearance I shared the painting at the stage shown at left with some artist friends to get their feedback. They all felt the simplicity was perfect and that I should not develop the background further. My intuition had told me the same thing, so it was nice to get validation of my thinking before I went further. 

I continued to work on Race as part of a demo in a gallery where I had a solo show on exhibit.  The images below show me completing some details in the bike and reinforcing parts of her form to get to the final version shown above.



My thanks to Mala Sarkar Sehgal for taking these photos while I worked. 

Refining the bicycle
Nearing the end of the demo




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Friday, February 1, 2019

Jammin' 12" X 12" watercolor

Jammin' by Aprl M Rimpo
Jammin'

Watercolor
12" X 12"


Jazz music has been one of my favorite genres of music for quite some time, but perhaps my love of this music grew just a bit more after a visit to New Orleans during Jazz Fest. The energy at this 5 day event was contagious and we roamed around between the 21 different stages and performance venues to take in as much as we could.

Last summer the "Voodoo Threauxdown" tour come to Baltimore and my husband and I bought tickets immediately. We knew some but not all the groups who performed that night. The energy again was high. The various performers gave their all and we took it all in, loving every moment. 

This concert has resulted in quite a few paintings by me, with even more planned. I'm saving most of these paintings for a first reveal at my exhibit "Portraits of Life: The Art of Storytelling" that will feature artwork by me and Elaine Weiner-Reed. This will be one of my paintings. 

Jammin' features the saxophonist and trumpet player from Galactic.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

"Fishing Day"

Fishing Day by April M Rimpo

I grew up with a father who loved to fish. He didn't get to do it terribly often, but when he did he was the happiest I ever saw him. He either went out on a boat he owned with one of my uncles or went to a quiet spot, without the chaos shown here on this fishing pier. My mother's father was also a huge fisherman. He loved to fish on the Jersey shore, just standing on the shore in his waders. I heard so many times about his love of fishing and saw so many pictures of him that I feel like I saw him out there, but in reality I don't think I ever actually saw my grandfather at the shore. It's interesting how family stories become real images to us.

Although my family didn't fish off of fishing piers, I find the interaction and camaraderie on this pier mesmerizing, where fishing is almost a team sport.

Fishing Day was selected from over 477 paintings submitted for this exhibition. I am honored the juror, Andy Evansen, selected mine.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Creative ART Coaching - How did we get here?


Elaine Weiner-Reed and I met nearly 20 years ago in an art workshop sponsored by the Laurel Art Guild and taught by Joe Mayer. He was a very well known and accomplished artist in Maryland. I don't recall the exact title of his workshop, but in essence his workshop was about finding your artistic voice. He had images of a wide variety of famous artists posted on the wall. He had us decide which of these images spoke to us the most and told us to think about why. He, of course, gave a great deal of other input that day. We were to do a painting from our own reference material in a style consistent with the image we selected.

Elaine and I were sitting near each other and interacted a little during the day. By the end of class I remember Elaine looking at my painting and commenting that I should definitely pursue that direction in my art because she loved the result. 

It turns out that Elaine and I supported the same customer in our day jobs, but we didn't discuss that at that first meeting, nor did we have any interaction with each other in a business relationship.  Our only continuing connection was through the Baltimore Watercolor Society, since we were both members.  Even that connection was fairly superficial, but I knew I really enjoyed her company from the beginning. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that we reconnected and became friends. 

At that time I had retired to pursue my art full time and she was planning to do the same. We spoke one day at an exhibit reception and discovered our common backgrounds and paths forward. We started to meet with each other periodically and a great camaraderie began.

Our paths into art and our direction in our work are extremely different but we are equally driven by our new art career paths and give ourselves wholeheartedly into this adventure. 

Our endeavors overlap in our desire to share our art and expertise through our blogs. We've both participated in numerous National, International, and solo exhibitions. I spent the first four years in my full time art career refining my skills by painting five days per week, spending countless hours reading art marketing and business blogs, attending art business webinars, and participating in a two year Art Business Academy lead by Jason Horejs of RedDotBlog. Apparently the results of this hard work were noticed.

Over time organizations have reached out to me to give presentations on a variety of art business topics. I recognized that the time spent preparing to do a better job on the business-side of an art career positioned me to help other artists.  I designed a few two-hour presentations and full day course, which has morphed itself into a course with three, half-day sessions. 

Elaine has been called a critical thinker, problem-solver, and "idea person." One of her strengths lies in helping others discern and fine-tune their unique voice, personal style, and creative vision. Elaine is a contributing author for the creative living-focused blog Live An Artful Life, her art-related blog posts include a three-part piece From Artist to Art to Art Shows, Building Bridges with Art, and Risking Everything For A Great Painting. She has participated in over thirty five International and National exhibitions.

Elaine and I have grown to understand that bringing our vision and expertise together results in a partnership that is greater than the individual pieces. Our different perspectives on art and the horizons that can be achieved allow us to offer a unique experience. We are now offering Creative ART Coaching.


Creative ART Coaching with Elaine Weiner-Reed and April Rimpo is designed to be an  interactive session focused on helping serious artists looking to bring their art and their art business to a new level.
If you feel stuck in achieving your professional goals, whether it is increasing your exposure through shows and exhibitions, planning a solo exhibition, building a portfolio, finding a gallery, or understanding what people mean when they say they are looking for "a consistent body of work," our goal is to provide you with insights on how to get beyond your current hurdles.

Our first Creative ART Coaching session is scheduled for May 15, from 1 - 3:30PM Eastern Time. This session will be held at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044, in the Bill White Conference Room. Click here learn more about our coaching session.

More information about these coaching sessions will be announced through my email newsletter. Sign-up here. April segments her newsletter so you can select topics you'd like to hear about when you sign up. For the Creative ART Coaching session, select Interested in Creative Coaching.


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