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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"They're Everywhere" 30" X 24" Fluid Acrylic by April M. Rimpo

They're Everywhere by April M Rimpo


They're Everywhere
Fluid Acrylic
30" X 24" image



Two of my favorite things combine in They're Everywhere: the colors of pigeons and painting with drips and splatters to create the illusion of a rocky cliff.

I know, so many people think pigeons are pests but I love their iridescent colors. I'm also amazed that no matter where I travel I see pigeons. I've done paintings of pigeons in Italy, Seattle, New Jersey, and now Colorado. 

They're Everywhere was particularly fun because of the way I created the background of this painting. I started by spraying water on the paper letting the water run in all directions, making rivers of water the went across and down the page, weaving a random pattern on the page. I then dropped on color, either with a brush or by using a pipette, and tipped the paper to make the colors blend randomly following the path of the water. I also added some splatters here and there that became the shadowed spots on the cliffs.  After drying I continued painting to refine the cliffs, but many of the random cracks in the rocks and shadows were already established from the first wet-into-wet wash.

I've included a video of me creating this painting; a time lapse over a week of painting. Enjoy!  I'd love to hear your feedback.




Post Updated Sept 8, 2020

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

"Switching Point" a 11" X 14" watercolor

 

An image seen from an AmTrak train while heading from Baltimore to NYC. It shows Train Control Lights and track track switches
"Switching Point" © April M Rimpo

Switching Point
Watercolor on textured watercolor paper

11" X 14" Painting

$600 
includes a $50 framing budget, currently unframed.

The views along train tracks show a variety of subjects including cityscapes, rivers, mountains, and expansive fields. This painting looks at the workings of the railroad: the train light signals that keep trains on schedule avoiding collisions and the switches that move trains between tracks. The workers you see along the rails keep everything maintained. These are essential workers that keep this part of our infrastructure in order.

Switching Point is a watercolor on watercolor paper that was textured with a gesso and acrylic medium mixture. Working on a textured surface adds a lot of interest to the background. I textured this by using stamps to apply the gesso and acrylic mixture. The pattern was over most of the surface, shining through to different degrees depending on whether I subdued the pattern as I was painting.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

"Village Connector" watercolor 12" X 24"

Interlaken train bridge
Village Connector, watercolor by April M. Rimpo

Village Connector
Watercolor
12" X 24"
in 12" X 24" black frame 


The inspiration to paint this scene more than two decades ago occurred during a visit to Interlaken, Switzerland.  This view was across the road from the hotel where we stayed. Staying in the second-story room was lucky, providing this view. 

Sometimes it takes years to figure out how to paint a beautiful scene, such as this. I hope Village Connector brings back some wonderful memories for you.


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Saturday, July 18, 2020

A Glint of the Sun, watercolor 14" X 11"

Artwork by Maryland Artist, April M Rimpo, landscape in watercolor on canvas
A Glint of the Sun ©  April M Rimpo

A Glint of the Sun
Watercolor on Canvas
14" X 11" in black frame


A Glint of the Sun shows a chicken coop on my neighbor's property. The chickens tend to stay in the back of the property so I seldom see them, except when they wander out onto our shared private road. I’ve been wanting to paint this barn since we moved here 23 years ago. I’ve taken dozens of photos but none showed the barn well. In March I went out for a morning walk, not my normal time, and there the barn stood in its glory with the sun shining on the roof. I finally got some long awaited photos of the barn. It was worth the wait. I hope you enjoy the painting as much as I rejoiced being able to finally share this view with others.

I chose a spring green, purple, and red/orange color scheme for this painting. I find this color scheme dramatic and cheerful at the same time. I find it very appealing and hope you too will find this to be a joyful and cheerful spot that you love to periodically visit.


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"Keeping Us Fed", Watercolor, 15" X 7" with black frame

Keeping Us Fed © April M Rimpo

Keeping Us Fed
Watercolor
15" X 7" with black frame


I’m grateful for the food industry: from the farmers, the food processors, those who deliver our food to market, and restaurants that prepare food for our consumption. It would be a very different life for most of us if these didn’t exist.  This is my nod to those who toil and persevere to keep us fed.

The stacks of flour needed to constantly supply the kitchen drew me to this scene. Their subtle color shift from one bag to the next was gorgeous to my eye so my camera came out to capture the lovely variation. The wonder pastel shades somehow enforced the beauty of what these people do for all of us.


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Friday, July 17, 2020

"A Heavy Load" 24" X 45" Fluid Acrylic © April M Rimpo

A Heavy Load  24" X 45" acrylic painting © April M Rimpo

A Heavy Load
Acrylic
24" X 45" painting
in a 27” X 48” silver frame


Visiting a farm to purchase some fresh food can also be inspiring as an artist.  I was there during apple picking time and the trees were loaded with fruit. This tree leaned heavily under the weight of the fruit but was strong and looked like it had withstood years of producing food.  The hard work done by farmers to continually work for the betterment of all.  Like this tree they have taken on a heavy load of their own. This painting acknowledges their pledge to us and to the earth. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Here you can see April painting two parts of this painting



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Friday, June 26, 2020

"Let's Dance" 24" X 20" watercolor

Figures, April M Rimpo, dancers, musicians, watercolor, fine art, explore color and let, everypaintingisastory
Let's Dance, watercolor © April M Rimpo


Let's Dance

watercolor on watercolor paper
mounted, varnished and framed

24" X 40" painting in 26" X 42" frame


LMy My My inspiration for Let’s Dance came from a trip to New Orleans during the French Quarter Jazz Fest. A great festival with 21 stages from small ones like this stage set up next to the French Market to very large stadiums. A portable dance floor was in front of the stage encouraging everyone to dance. The central couple appeared to be professional dancers and their movements and energy motivated me to paint the scene. I had fun brightening it up with color to reflect the energy I felt while watching the dancers and listening to the lively music.

Whether you are a dancer or like me enjoy watching other’s dance I hope you enjoy this painting and the story of the day.

This painting was selected for the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society's 2020 Online Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. Paintings are available through the artists and available upon completion of the purchase.  No waiting for the end of the exhibition.


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pelican Yoga" a 32" X 32" Watercolor

Pelican Yoga, 32" X 32" watercolor (c) April M Rimpo

Pelican Yoga
Watercolor
32" X 32" painting
Mounted and Varnished in a 34” X 34” silver frame

Pelicans show off their flexibility and balance when preening their feathers after a morning swim.  I took countless photos that day waiting to capture one where they were all standing upright, then it dawned on me that their crazy poses were the real story of this painting. The subtle variation in color in their feathers went unnoticed until I started to paint them. Take some time to really enjoy the soft pastel shades of their plumage.


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Saturday, May 30, 2020

"Graceful Embrace" watercolor by April M Rimpo



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Monday, May 11, 2020

Moment to Relax, 15.5" X 15.5" watercolor on Aquabord

Guatemalan Girl by April M. Rimpo
Moment to Relax
watercolor
15.5" X 15.5" on varnished Aquabord
$525

Available through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
info@horsespiritartsgallery.com
301-490-2001
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com


Normally I paint on watercolor paper, but not so for Guatemalan Girl.  Ampersand™ has a product called Aquabord that has a deep cradle made from 2" birch plywood strips that are attached flush with the back edge of the pane.  They make a nice presentation, so framing is not required.  The medium on the board is designed for use with aqueous media.  I found it had some of the same properties as watercolor paper, but I did have to be careful about how long I worked on an area to keep it from getting too soft.  When the painting was complete I varnished the surface so it can hang without glass.

I wanted to fragment the image so I chose 5" square aquabord and designed the piece so each segment would be an interesting painting in its own right.  The exact placement of her body in each frame was carefully crafted to create interesting abstract in each panel.

I considered an exhibit where each segment could be purchased separately.  If sold separately the girl would be shared among the various buyers.  It would be interesting to bring the buyers together to meet and foster new relationships through my art.

The more I thought about the logistics I feared it would be very difficult to hang the segments so they remain properly aligned when hung as a whole.  It seemed like aligning the segments might be a nightmare for me and the gallery, so in the end I attached the 9 panels to a sheet of Plexiglas and drill a slotted hole in the Plexiglas where it could be hung from a nail. 

I still like the idea of displaying art so separate pieces form one image while the individual works are sold separately.  Perhaps if I do this as a single line of paintings instead of a square of nine paintings the logistics of hanging would be reduced.  Let me know what you think about this idea.


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Friday, May 8, 2020

My Feature Online Show - Telling Stories - May/June 2020



Telling Stories - Feature Show by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery of art by April M Rimpo

May 17 - June 12, 2020

Click Here to see a Preview of my Online Show - under 3 minutes

Click Here for a Detailed Look at Each Painting (12.5 Minutes)


This feature show transitioned from HorseSpirit Art Gallery's physical gallery at Historic Savage Mills to an Online Show at the link provided above.  April reveals several new paintings in this show. You'll see some new themes in April's work but all with a story to share. She'd love to hear what story you see in her work as that enriches the work for all.

In April's art she uses Color and Light to Tell Stories of Life.  Some are stories that capture history, show reveal the effects of time, others are a quiet spot where you can get lost in a calm and dreamy world. She has also included some small work of clouds that return April to her childhood when she would lie in the grass with a friend and they'd tell each other what they saw in the clouds.  

These is a small series that portrays seasons of the year. Rather than just capture the iconic symbols of each season April included birds that she sees at the bird feeders her husband set up in the backyard of their home. In these paintings the birds are all placed on the same mailboxes but their setting changes in each, transporting you from garden, to lake, to farm country, and a snowing drift. 

Most of the work is watercolor that has been mounted, varnished, and either framed or gallery wrapped around stretcher bars.  A few of the pieces are fluid acrylics that are also painted on watercolor paper.  Six of the pieces were painting on Aquabord, a trademarked clay surface available from Ampersand Supplies. These too are varnished providing a very modern display with no glazing.  Two of the watercolors use traditional framing under Plexiglas and a white mat. 

If the 3 minute video peaks your interest, please consider joining Online sessions on the HorseSpirt Arts Gallery's Facebook Page
  • Opening: May 17 2 PM EDT - Tune in to see Robin Holliday interview April
  • Facebook Live Artist Talk: Friday, May 29 at 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
April will also present a Facebook Live demonstration -  painting Magnificent Skies 
  • May 23, 2 - 4 PM EDT
Also feel free to comment on this post with any questions you may have about the art shown in the video.

Questions can also be directed to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery at:
301.490.2001        info@horsespiritartsgallery.com 

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Busy Night Out", a 32 X 16" Watercolor

Busy Night Out  © April M Rimpo
Busy Night Out

Watercolor, Varnished
32" X 16"
Mounted, Varnished and Framed in a 35" X 19" Brushed Silver Frame

Available through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery's Online Show


In Busy Night Out a place is shown where people are arriving for a night out. My goal is for you to define the stories about where these families and solo explorers are going and what they might do.  I'd love to hear your stories.

Varnished watercolor paintings are protected from the elements, so no glazing is used with this painting.  I think you'll find varnished paintings are more approachable and enticing.

Here are additional nighttime paintings by April:
You can see the student paintings from one of my Nighttime painting workshops here.


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Friday, April 24, 2020

"By the Old Mill" 30" X 20" Watercolor

By the Old Mill by April M Rimpo
By the Old Mill
Watercolor

30" X 20" painting
in a 35 X 25" white mat and brushed silver metal frame, with Plexiglas™

Available through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery's Online Shop



By the Old Mill reveals a perfect place to fish in the quiet of an old abandoned building. I always enjoy seeing places that have started to decay and collapse. I think I find them fascinating because their history is revealed. This building challenged me in countless ways with so many different materials (brick, reflections on glass, rusted metal, tree brambles and vines, water reflection, and the undergrowth of the distant woods.) Although I loved figuring out how to portray these textures it is the story of the place and the lone fisherman that drew me to paint it.

You can read more about creating this painting in a post titled
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Graceful Draping 10" X 10" watercolor on Aquabord


Graceful Draping, Watercolor on Aquabord, by April M Rimpo
Graceful Draping
Watercolor on Aquabord
10" X 10"
in 11" X 11" black floater frame

Available through HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

To be featured in an Online Feature Show May 17 - June 7, 2020

There’s a house not far from where I live that comes alive in the summer as an old Wisteria that nearly encases the front porch blooms. It’s a magnificent sight that takes my breath away.  Several times I pulled to the side of the road so I could take photographs from a variety of angles.  I’ve struggled with how to do it justice, so in this 10” X 10” painting on Ampersand™  Aquabord™  I decide just to paint one small corner of the porch so I could share these beautiful blooms. Some day I’ll be brave and take a much larger view, but for now I’m delighted with Graceful Draping and hope you love it too.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Water Sprite 24" X 24" watercolor

Water Sprite a 24" X 24" watercolor by April M Rimpo
Water Sprite
Watercolor
24" X 24"

Water Sprite is a tribute to a friend who loves fish. I know this because she bought a painting I did of fish and explained how much she enjoys them. She clarified that she did not mean she liked eating them. When she told me this, my thoughts immediately turned to doing a painting of her swimming with fish with a smile from ear-to-ear.  

Shortly before this conversation I had started a series of paintings with a goal accentual the inner story of a person. The story may be something few people or know or well known. Sometimes these inner stories are my reaction to the person, in other words, how I feel about them. So does that make it my inner story about the person?  Maybe not, but my point is that these are not traditional portrait but something deeper.  I hope you enjoy this painting and the others in this series. 

Water Sprite was selected for the Northwest Watercolor Society's Waterworks Unchained exhibition. An online exhibit to be on display April 28 - September 12.

Other paintings in this series include:



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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Looking Back - Watercolor on 10" X 10" Aquabord


Looking Back a 10" X 10" Watercolor on Aquabord
by April M Rimpo
Looking Back
Watercolor on Aquabord
10" X 10"
Varnished and in a Black Wood Floater Frame


Looking Back is inspired by the Arizona Living Pioneer Museum in Pioneer, AZ. The museum has changed drastically since I took this photo. We were there in the 1980s when I remember only a single museum building with no one dressed in historic clothing.  I'm not sure if all of this equipment is still scattered behind what was the main museum building. Nothing like capturing the history of a history museum. You know I love capturing light in my photos. We must have been there mid-day and the intense Arizona sun poured down on this old equipment creating a great contrast between the tops of things, such as the seats and wheels, with dark shadow essentially everywhere else.  Of course, rust also turns quite dark over time, looking nearly black, but you can still see here and there the burnt orange color of rust.
I was particularly enthralled with the small distant building and had to include that since it was so vivid in my memory. We never knew the story behind that building.


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