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Friday, May 24, 2019

An Unexpected Workshop for a Local Watercolor Group

  
Azalea Garden 11"X 14" watercolor by April M Rimpo
A local watercolor club reached out to me about 1.5 weeks ago to see if I would be available to teach a workshop to them an upcoming Saturday. I had done one other one-day workshop for them before and I knew the talent in the group was good. Their normal instructor had a conflict, so I was happy to help out.

I know their normal instructor as I took a workshop from him many years ago and wanted to teach something they might not learn from him. Based on some questions that had come up during a class for a different group, I decided a spring scene with flowers and people that also included reflections in the water. I had a new method for teaching how to paint trees and figured trees were another good thing to include in the painting. 

Lakeside Azaleas by April M Rimpo
There is a local Azalea Garden, just a few miles from my home that typically shows off all the beautiful variety of colors of Azaleas this time of year. It's a favorite place to visit in May and leading up to Mother's Day.  I had not made it there this year, but that garden was my inspiration. I arrived with no reference material so they would also have to make up their own colors for the flowers and focus on learning techniques rather than copying a photograph.  I did locate a few images of the garden on my phone (thank you Google) to show them the overall concept, then turned it off and we started.

I love to demonstrate a step, then have the students paint, then demo the next step, etc.  This way it provides time for the painting to dry between steps, which is quite important on watercolors.  I actually worked the two demo paintings, shown above, concurrently, so I could show one step on one and the next step on the other, giving each demo a little bit more time to dry before I went back into the painting. 

Since the group had also asked me to discuss the technique I use for varnishing watercolor paintings, we didn't have time to photograph the group with their paintings. I also knew from my last time with them that they really preferred not to have them photographed.  I was happy with what they produced and a few came up at the end of class to tell me they were happy with their results. One had seemed quite concerned during the class whether she was "doing it right" so I was glad to hear she was happy.  

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Monday, May 6, 2019

"Leading the Way" 34" X 24" watercolor



Leading the Way

Watercolor
Finished with Archival UV Protection Varnish
Framed with no Glass

34" X 24"

On exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House May 9 - June 8, 2019

Leading the Way features Cyril Neville of the famed Neville Brothers. I was lucky enough to see him as a Special Guest at Voodoo Threauxdown during a set with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  This close up of Cyril shows how this experienced virtuoso naturally took over the stage and effortlessly lead the other musicians through the songs. As he sang he pointed at other musicians to indicate it was their turn for a solo. What a joy to watch this master at work!

The energy he brought to the stage had the crowd up on their feet singing and dancing with the performance. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

"Heating Up" 24"X24" Fluid Acrylic

Heating Up by April M Rimpo
Heating Up
Fluid Acrylic, Gallery Wrapped and Varnished
24" X 24"

On exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House May 9 - June 8, 2019
Available on my website for purchase

Can you hear the saxophones? Base Sax, Alto Sax, and Guitar from Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue brought the audience to their feet numerous time during their performance in 2018 during Voodoo Threauxdown at Baltimore's Pier Six Pavillion. The colors in Heating Up are vibrating with energy, just like the musicians. They may be frozen in time in my painting, but they were moving all over the stage and rocking side-to-side. I love how paintings can bring back memories; I feel like I can hear them now. I hope this reminds you of some time when you saw a great show that just keeps coming back to visit through your memories.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

"Letting Loose" 20" X 32" Watercolor


Letting Loose a watercolor by April M Rimpo
Letting Loose
Watercolor
20" X 32" painting


On exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House May 9 - June 8, 2019

The enthusiasm of musicians during a concert, giving their all to the audience, is the subject of Letting Loose. Not only their enthusiasm but also their joy in delivering their best is revealed in their expressions. The lighting of the stage made them appear like they were emerging from darkness, partially obscuring the equipment behind them on stage.

I preserved a few reflections off microphones, drum sets, and other equipment by using a thin mixture of gesso and liquid acrylic medium. These partially masked areas allowed me to complete the background using quick gestural brushwork and highly saturated watercolor paint. Working fast was essential to achieving vibrant colors, imitating the multicolored lights moving about the stage. My energy in applying  paint reminded me of the musicians’ movements during their performances.   


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"The Perfect Ride" 20" X 12"

The Perfect Ride by April M Rimpo
The Perfect Ride
Fluid Acrylic
20" X 12"


Selected for the Pike Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, April's paintingThe Perfect Ride, will be on display from June 4 - July 30, 2019 in Colorado Springs. It is one of 100 paintings selected from a field of 360 entries. Many thanks to all who organize this exhibit and to the juror Martha Mans.


You may guess the narrow street made of cobblestones is not in the United States and you would be right. The Perfect Ride captures the textures of life in this small village and the necessity for small motorcycles for traversing the narrow roads. I don't recall seeing a single bicycle during our travels through this town, since I'm sure the ride would be far from smooth. Most people walk everywhere, as you can see by the amount of foot traffic, but the streamlined motorcycles were good for longer travels. If going between towns and you need to carry goods to market, you might find the Chicken Bus more useful.

I love painting motorcycles maybe more than bicycles, that may be hard to believe, but the equipment is more intricate and provides an additional challenge. Combine the motorcycles with cobblestone and the colors of the buildings and you know I had to paint this. Gaining the right skills to know how to accomplish this painting is why it took nearly 10 years from when I first was inspired until the painting was born.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Inspiration to Exhibit

Some of my paintings that will be in my and Elaine Weiner-Reed's exhibit, "Portraits of Life - The Art of Storytelling," were inspired by a concert that my husband - Chas- and I attended last year.  This post starts with some photographs I took during the concert that lead to many of my musician paintings.  After the video I show several of the resulting paintings. 


The concert was Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band, Cyril Neville, Walter Washington and Kermit Ruffins.  


Letting Loose by April M Rimpo 22" X 34"
(Inspiration: The Preservation Jazz Band)

Heating Up by April M Rimpo  24" X 24"
(Inspiration: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue)
Jammin by April M Rimpo  12" X 12"
(Inspiration: Galactic)

Leading the Way by April M Rimpo
36" X 24"
(Inspiration: Cyril Neville)

Showin' Off by April M Rimpo 20" X 36"
(Inspiration: The Preservation Jazz Band)

























There are paintings of people in different endeavors and other musicians in the exhibit, but I'll save those for another post.

This is not your standard exhibit. In addition to a reception with a Gallery Talk by both of us, we're also holding two collaboration events with poets and musicians.  They have written work inspired by our paintings that will be read or performed during our Collaboration Events on May 21 and 22, from 6-8pm.  The poets will read on May 21st and Bob Jacobson will perform some improvisations on saxophone or clarinet in response to our paintings.  May 22nd will feature Rogue Collective a group of  violinists and a cellist who bridge the gap between classical and popular music.  They will perform structured improvisations to our paintings. See the full list of performers here.  I hope you can come enjoy our art and these events.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

"Rockin' R&B" 24" X 12" watercolor


Rockin' R&B by April M Rimpo
Rockin' R&B
Watercolor, mounted and varnished
24" X 12"

A friend of mine mentioned to me that her son was a musician in the Minneapolis area. She occasionally shares Facebook posts when he has live streaming shows or videos.  I loved his music and his whole persona.  He has been great to get to know via his videos. His name is Alex Rossi and you might want to check him out.  

Once I'm inspired by musicians' work it is hard to get them out of my head and I end up doing a painting of them as my tribute to their craft. Rockin' R&B is my tribute to Alex.  I had a print of the painting created for him as a means of thanks. When I gave the print to his Mom to deliver for me she told me how much she loved the painting and how much it touched her.  I was so thrilled since she is a fantastic artist and I feared it would not hold up in her eyes.  I can't described how much joy this painting has brought to me just in seeing her reaction. Thank you my friend.

Some people have expressed their interest in my painting process. I will say it varies depending on the subject matter, but for the musician series I tend to start by working on the background and then moving to the musicians.  I know a lot of artists who always start with the face when painting people because they feel that is where they will struggle the most.  I generally don't do that because I feel like capturing the emotion of the performance is most important and later I move to the details.  Here is a series of images of Rockin' R&B in progress with the finished painting at top, where I finally developed his face.

 
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

"Making Tortillas" fluid acrylic & watercolor 30" X 19"

Making Tortilla by April M Rimpo
Making Tortillas 
acrylic & watercolor
30" X 19" image
36 " X 25" brushed silver frame

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Provenance:

  • One of 115 paintings selectd for the Missouri Watercolor Society's 2019 International Exhibition. - See Mike Bailey's Juror's Statement at the end of the post.
  • One of 59 paintings selected for the Illinois Watercolor Society's 33rd National Exhibition 2017.
  • Selected for the Laurel Art Guild Open 2016
  • First Place Award in the Artist's Gallery of Columbia "Color Columbia" exhibition 2015
I have wanted to paint Making Tortillas ever since I returned from Guatemala in 2008. I have considered different color schemes; different focal points; different cropping of my source photographs, but none of the designs satisfied me. Recently I decided to try a different approach to the scene, cropped in closer and using a much more limited color palette.  It was the happiness of this woman and the gesture of her hands as she went about making her tortillas that I decided was the focus.  The beautiful reflected colors in the table top, which had been a distraction in earlier designs, were really not important.  It was the sense of joy she communicated with her expression that really mattered, so what more did I need?  Sometimes finding that quality that drew you to take the photograph is harder to find than you would expect.  Details that you may not have noticed when you took the photograph start to get in the way of that original inspiration.
For the artists in my audience, I started this painting by masking off much of the woman, the white areas, all the orange and red areas, and the light blue fabrics in the baskets. Then I poured on very wet washes of DaVinci fluid acrylic paint, tilted the paper to let the colors run and mix, added some granular light colored watercolor pigments to add interesting swirls and granular patterns, then let the paint dry.  I almost never use a heat gun or drier since I feel the colors are not as vibrant when I use these.

Most of the painting was done using fluid acrylic and small amounts of granular watercolors.  Exceptions were the red flower on her shirt and the orange/red corn in the basket.  I wanted these to be very vibrant.  I find when I use straight acrylic pigments for reds they seem a bit dull, while watercolor reds seem to almost glow. So after establishing some blues where the dark shadows would be, I applied an orange watercolor pigment to create the underlying color. When the watercolor was nearly dry I added some Alizarin crimson acrylic to create darker red passages.  A number of thin washes of Alizarin and some Quinacridone burnt orange were layered over the orange watercolor to create a variety of red shades. Blues and purples were used in the shadow areas and an Alizarin layer was added on top to add definition to the corn. Throughout the piece I repeated the same colors in different combinations and strengths so the painting holds together.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Making Tortillas and your experience with finding and expressing the essence of a photograph that seemed so right at the time, but continue to elude you when you want to express it in your art.

Mike Bailey's Juror's statement: 
Missouri Watercolor Society 2019 International Exhibition I offer greetings and congratulations to all the artists who entered this prestigious exhibition. It is indeed an honor to have been chosen to select and judge this show! I must say, however, that it was a daunting task to select the best pieces from such a large body of outstanding paintings. It truly was, at times, a ‘hair pulling’ decision making process! Most everyone asks about selection criteria and the reasoning behind the choices. I am a design “nerd !” Design is always the driving first thing which presses me to include or exclude any painting into, or out of, an exhibition. Content, or message, or story in a painting will set me thinking in ways that a simply “beautiful” painting would not. The message is very important. There is an overriding condition, which appears in a few paintings, which holds enormous power . . .and that is creativity. This aspect shows how the artist thinks and exposes the artist’s audacity, authenticity and freedom. It, therefore, carries a lot of weight. . . .at times as much, or more, than content. Lastly, expert technique counts for little. That is to say that a well designed painting that exhibits strong content and / or exemplary creativity will win out over poor technique. As an aside, I must admit to sometimes allowing personal taste to enter into the above reasons for judgment. While I try to prevent taste from entering the decision making, my humanness may, at times, unexplainably enter into the final reasoning. To those artists who did not make the cut, you have my sincere empathy while I encourage you to continue reaching for higher levels of artistic achievement. I know rejection can be painful. It can also be the stimulus needed to advance aesthetically. So, press onward and continue entering; it is very much worth your efforts! 
Sincerely, M.E. “Mike” Bailey, AWS / NWS

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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
Varnished with UL Protective Varnish
Framed with no Glass

18" X 12"

On exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House May 9 - June 8, 2019



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 at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.  See this and other paintings of birds and animals on April's website.

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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" Varnished with UL Protection Varnish and Framed

On exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House May 9 - June 8, 2019


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 can be seen at our event page
  • Collaboration 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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