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"Learn to create a nighttime landscape with A Rimpo"

  • 27 Oct 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Learn to create a night time landscape 
with April Rimpo  
One Day Workshop 

Saturday, October 27th 2018

Please note that this a new starting time

from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

BWS Member Registration: September 15th 2018

Member Fee: $60

Non-Member Registration: September 29th 2018 

Non-Member Fee: $65

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Registration ends October 19th unless it is filled before. Class size limited to 14.

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

We are pleased to have nationally recognized artist April Rimpo, a prize winning artist, teacher of workshops, demonstrator, juror, and Signature member of six National Watercolor Societies and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.  Her acrylic and watercolor paintings have appeared in three North Light Best of Acrylic books and in their Best of Watercolor book, Splash 19. 

In this one day workshop we’ll use just four pigments to create a dramatic night scene. April will do a quick presentation on changing a daytime photograph into a night scene to help you develop a vision for future work.

We’ll use highly saturated paint and create a couple color swatches to allow you to understand the mixtures of paint you might need during the painting. 


Bring reference material of simple landscape scenes with lots of sky. Could include a simple structure and trees. A few people can add scale and a focal point, but the sky is the main story.

Although you can use different watercolor paints these are the colors April recommends and will be using for the sky and landscape. If your references has some reds (like a red barn) in it, bring a dark cool red like Permanent Alizarin.

  • Daniel Smith (DS) Hansa Yellow Medium (Pigment: PY97)
  • DS Permanent Orange (PO62)
  • DS Indanthrone Blue (PB60)
  • DS Manganese Blue Hue (PB15)
  • DS Alizarin

Bring 15ml or larger tubes of paint, we'll start with paint from the tube (not from your palette) to prepare for the painting. We'll use a lot of paint so be sure your tubes aren't nearly empty.

If you want to use paintings you already own, single pigment colors are recommended. The orange and dark blue you select should be complements that create a very dark (nearly black) blend as well as pale grays and nice browns.  The Permanent Orange and Indanthrone Blue are April’s complements.  

The lighter blue (e.g., DS Manganese Blue) will be for lighter areas of the sky and for the nighttime greens that we will create.  

Non-staining and non-granulating colors for the sky work best.

An alternative Blue Orange Complements you could consider are:

  • DS French Ultramarine (PB29) with Davinci Benzimida Orange (PO62) – Warning Ultramarine does granulate but not a big deal for a class painting

Avoid using Phthalo Blue since it is not a natural color for a sky and is a staining color that will cause a lot of problems when we need to lift paint. 

Paper – One or two quarter sheets of 140 lb Cold Press watercolor paper and a smaller scrap piece for testing color blends.  (I use Arches or Saunders Waterford, but bring what you have)

Paper Towels –a white, smooth-surface paper towel, that will be used to lift color from the paper. Viva paper towels work well.

4oz (1/4C) to 8 oz (1/2C) containers for preparing substantial pools of the 4 paint colors plus 4 blends of these pigments.  Small plastic condiment containers should be large enough for the orange and yellow paints.  April will demonstrate the proper about of water to pigment ratio.  It will be roughly the consistency of milk.

Watercolor brushes:

  • ¾” to 1” flat brush
  • 4 to 6 round
  • 8 to 10 round
  • 2” to 3” hake or soft flat brush
  • Liner, rigger or Cheap Joe's Lizard's Lick brush for detail work

These are the basics, feel free to bring other brushes that you like.

Masking Fluid (e.g., Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket)


Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available                                   

Check out April's work online at



I very much appreciate your thorough preparation and ideas for supplies that were new to us, as well as the excellent guidance on creating a night scene. You're an excellent teacher! Hope to see you again in a workshop.” - Judy Harkins

Directions to:

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043

From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than October 19th 2018

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair

Sabine Yeager at

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