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Looking Up Saint Peters

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Looking Up Saint Peters an Original Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Looking Up Saint Peters (watercolor 15 x 17) available

An upwards look at St. Peters, in Rome.

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Pantheon Spotlight

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Pantheon Spotlight, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Pantheon Spotlight (watercolor 12 x 17) Available

The dome in the Roman Pantheon is open to the sky.  It provides all of the natural light in the church.  The result is slowly moving spotlight, picking out first one wall than another in the Pantheon.

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Looking Up

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Looking Up, an Original Painting of a Gothic Cathedral, by Jenny Armitage

Looking Up (watercolor 12 x 17) Available

Looking up from the nave of Salamanca Cathedral, Spain.

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In Salamanca

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In Salmanca, Original Painting of Spain by Jenny Armitage

In Salamanca (watercolor 12 x 17) Available

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The Heart of Salamanca

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The Heart of Salamanca, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Heart of Salamanca (watercolor 19 x 23) Available

This is early morning on the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain.  In a couple hours the Plaza will be full of umbrella tables.  But right now the coffee drinkers are inside enjoying the warmth.

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Mudejar Pillars

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Mudejar Pillar No. One, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Mudejar Pillar No. One (watercolor 10 x 14) Available

Mudejar Pillar No. Two, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Mudejar Pillar No. Two (watercolor 10 x 14) Available

These two capitals come from the  Nazrid Palaces in  The Alhambra of Granada, Spain.

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Visiting the Trujillo Cathedral

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Trujillo Cathedral, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Trujillo Cathedral (watercolor 10 x 22) Available

This is the cathedral in Trujillo, Spain, also known as “Our Lady of Peace.”  I’ve painted her from the side, as a neighbor might walk to her.  But she presides over Trujillo’s Plaza Mayor.

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Ahambra Muse

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Alhambra Muse, Original Painting of Spain by Jenny Armitage

Alhambra Muse (watercolor 17 x 23) Available

This is one of the first courts in the Palacios Nazaries of Granada’s Alhambra.

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Backstreet Granada

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Backstreet Granada, Original Painting of Spain by Jenny Armitage

Backstreet Granada (watercolor 14 x 23) Available

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The Yellow Church in Zahara

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The Yellow Church, Watercolor Painting of the Torre del Reloj by Jenny Armitage

The Yellow Church (watercolor 16 x 23) Available

This is the Plaza Mayor in the village of Zahara, Cadiz Province, Spain.  The village is one of the more picturesque pueblos blancos in Andulacia.  The church I’ve painted is known as the Torre del Reloj (Yellow Tower), and it dominates the square.

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Miranda del Castanar

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Via Miranda, Original Painting of Spanish Village by Jenny Armitage

Via Miranda (watercolor 9 x 19) Available

From Miranda del Castanar, all the views are vistas but all the vistas are framed by narrow streets.  This little half timbered village, with a population of less than five hundred is a joy to wander.

 

The View From Miranda, an Original Painting of Miranda del Canastar by Jenny Armitage

The View From Miranda (watercolor 11 x 19) SOLD

 

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Strolling the 1929 Expo

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Strolling the 1929 Expo, Original Painting of Sevilla, by Jenny Armitage

Strolling the 1929 Expo (watercolor 23 x 17) Available

This is Seville’s Plaza de Espana where Spain held the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.  Seville went all out for this World Fair venue. The plaza is a beautiful mix of  Art Deco and Spanish Renaissance Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival and Neo-Mudéjar styles.

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Leaving Segovia

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Leaving Segovia, Rainy Night Painting of the Aqueduct By Jenny Armitage

Leaving Segovia (watercolor 23 x 16) Available

Driving out of Segovia’s old town ends with a spectacular view of the aqueduct. Driving out on a rainy night, is like driving into an impressionist painting of the aquaduct..

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Mudejar Arch

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Mudejar Arch, Painting of  Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija by Armitage

Mudejar Arch (watercolor 13 x 18) SOLD

During our trip to Spain, I fell in love with the mudejar horseshoe arches. This particular arch is in the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija in Seville. The Palace is an architectural hodgepodge, with mudejar and Renaissance elements and ancient Roman mosaic floors.

This painting has sold, but you may still purchase a fine art print.

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April on the Plaza Mayor

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April on the Plaza Mayor, Original Painting of Spain, by Jenny Armitage

April of the Plaza Mayor (watercolor 15 x 23) Available

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Alcazar Window

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Alcazar Window, Original Painting of Seville, by Jenny Armtiage

Alcazar Window (watercolor 11 x 19) Sold

This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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Morning in Toledo

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Toledo Morning, an Original Painting of Spain by Jenny Armitage

Toledo Morning (watercolor 14 x 22) Available

The streets of Toledo are shaded by canvas sails and lit by hanging lanterns.

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Over the Rooftops

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Over the Rooftops, Original Painting of Caceres Spain by Jenny Armitage

Over the Rooftops (watercolor 10 x 17) Available

Caceres, Spain as seen from the cathedral roof.

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Breaktime Caceres

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Break Time Caceres an Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Break-time Caceres (watercolor 11 x 13) Sold

This is old town Caceres.

This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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A Doggie Moment in Caceres

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A Doggie Moment, Original Watercolor of Caceres, Spain by Jenny Armitage

A Doggie Moment (watercolor 12 x 19) Sold

One more painting from my Spring trip to Spain. This is Caceres, Extremadura inside the medieval city walls.

This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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Church of San Martin

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The Church in San Martin, Watercolor of Spanish Mountain Village by J. Armitage

The Church in San Martin (16 x 23 watercolor) Available

San Martin de Trevjo is a sleepy mountain village in Extramadura, Spain.  I spent a happy couple hours wandering among the half-timbered homes there.

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Visiting Sky City

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Visiting Sky City, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Visiting Sky City (watercolor 12 x 19) Available

Acoma City, a pueblo in New Mexico.

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This Hips Don’t Lie

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The Hips Don't Lie, Orignial Painting of Flaminco Dancer by Jenny Armitage

The Hips Don't Lie (watercolor) Available

Flaminco dancer in Seville.

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Barcelona Gothic

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Barcelona Gothic, Painting of the Pont del Bisbe by Jenny Armitage

Barcelona Gothic (watercolor) Available

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Setenil Fortress

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Setinel Fortress, Original Painting of Pueblos Blancos by Jenny Armitage

Setenil Fortress (watercolor 15 x 24) Available

Setenil de los Bodegas of Cadiz Province, Spain is one of the more interesting pueblos blancos of Andulacia.  Unlike most pueblos blancos it occupies either ridge of a valley rather than a hilltop.  Many of the houses are semi-troglodyte, occupying shallow caves in the valley walls.  One street includes a natural tunnel.

The view in this painting is from our apartment porch in Setenil looking across at the old castile.

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The Sant Pau Gates

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Sant Paus Gates, Painting of Sant Pau Hospital by Jenny Armitage

Sant Pau's Gates (watercolor 17 x 22) Available

I was fascinated by the shadows cast by wrought iron gates in front of the Sant Pau Hospital Moderisme in Barcelona, Spain.

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On the Way to the Sagrada Familia

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On the Way to the Sagrada Familia, Painting of Barcelona By Jenny Armitage

On the Way to the Sagrada Familia (watercolor 15 x22) SOLD

This painting has sold, but you may still buy a fine art reproduction here.

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Morning in Le Marias

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Morning in Le Marais, Original Paining of Paris by Jenny Armitage

Morning in Le Marais (17 x 23 Watercolor) SOLD

My husband, daughter, and I spent a pleasant morning walking through the Le Marais district in Paris, on our way to the Pompiduo Modern Art Museum.  The Le Marais was once inhabited by the French aristocracy and later become center of the Jewish community in Paris.  Post WWII, it is once again inhabited by traditional Jews.  I found the Jewish men’s back hats and suits striking against the back drop of more casually dressed tourists.

This painting has sold, but you may still purchase a art print.

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Dining Canalside

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Dining Canalside, Painting of Amsterdam by Jenny Armitage

Dining Canalside, (17 x 22 watercolor and pastel) Available

This is eating out Amsterdam style.  The painting is mostly watercolor with a few pastel accents.

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The Contraption at Number Two

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The Contraption at Number Two, Watercolor By Jenny Armitage

The Contraption at Number Two (12 x 19" watercolor) Available

Walking around The Jordan neighborhood in Amsterdam, we collected interesting variations on the bicycle.  The bicycle-wheelbarrow combination was common.  We saw it used to transport children, tools, and goods.

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A Girl’s Best Friend

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A Girls Best Friend, Bicycle Painting by Jenny Armitage

A Girl's Best Friend (13 x 17" watercolor) Available

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Old Kirk

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Haarlem Kirk, original painting of The Netherlands by Jenny Armitage

Haarlem Kirk (16 x 23 watercolor) Available

We spent our last day in the Neatherlands in Haarlem.  Haarlem is just just under a half hour by train from Amsterdam, but feels like it’s miles away because where Amsterdam is large and lively, Haarlem is small and quiet.

The young women in the foreground were adding more chalk to a square already covered in graffiti. None of it was pictorial and all of it obviously washes off with each night’s rain.

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Morning on the Saint Charles Bridge

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Morning on the Saint Charles Bridge, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Morning on the Saint Charles Bridge (17 x 23 watercolor) SOLD

Prague’s most famous landmark, the evocative Saint Charles Bridge hums with tourists in the afternoon.  In the morning it is quietly beautiful.

This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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After Midnight, A Fairytale View of the Munich Rathous

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After Midnight, Watercolor of Munich Townhall by Jenny Armitage

After Midnight (17 x 23 watercolor) Available

After Midnight began with a lecture and demonstration I did for the The Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Fall 2016 Convention.  For the demo, I painted the Munich Rathaus Tower six time in various stages of completeness.  Below is the one painting of the six I  completed:

Munich Townhall Tower, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Munich Rathaus (8 x 13 watercolor) Available

I liked the this little painting so much, I felt compelled to do it again in a larger format.  But I didn’t want to just repeat the painting on a larger scale.  The tower, like many in Germany, reminds me of fairy tale illustrations.  So I ran with that notion tweaking the scene just a little to add a rather unreal illustrative moon and an impossible sky.

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The Stairs To Cesky Krumlov

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Stairs to Cesky Krumlov, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Stairs to Cesky Krumlov (12 x 22 watercolor) SOLD,

Cesky Krumlov  is a magical town of twisting streets, nestled in a river bend.  The castle, churches, and residential neighborhoods  occupy the hill about town.   This is the view is the from the residential neighborhood above the river.  The “street” down into town is actually a stairway.

This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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Bridge to Cesky Krumlov

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Bridge to Cesky Krumlov, Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Bridge to Cesky Krumlov (13 x 17 watercolor) Available

Cesky Krumlov sits in a bend of Vltava River in the Czech Republic. It is a walkers town.  And if you walk, you eventually cross the Vltava.  All the bridges are charming and walkable.

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Horsing Around With Accordions

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Horsing Around With Accordian, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Horsing Around With Accordions (watercolor 17x20) SOLD

Buskers with wearing horse-heads and playing the accordion are standard Vienna fare. We heard these three coming to and going from The Leopold. They were loud, enthusiastic and good, playing both traditional folk and a few pop pieces. But mostly they are just visually fun.

—This painting has sold, but you can still purchase a fine art print.

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View From the Cloister

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View From the Cloister, A Watercolor of Westminster Abbey By Jenny Armitage

View From The Cloister (watercolor 15 x 23) SOLD

This is Westminster Abbey as seen through the wrought iron work of the cloister.  It is the view visitors now see just before they exit the abbey complex.   But for hundreds of years it was the view seen by the monks on their way to services.

This painting has sold but you may still purchase a fine art print.

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From the Travel Sketchbook: Central Europe 2016

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These are a few sketches from my travel diary:

Charles Church, Vienna, Skctch by Jenny Armitage

Karls Kirk, Vienna, Austria (Felt-tip Pen)

The little figures in the boxes show the pedestrian signals in and around Karlsplatz which have been redone in celebration of gay marriage.

Masserchmidt Head, Belvedere Palace, Sketch by Jenny Armitage

F.X. Messerschmidt Head, Belvedere Palace (Felt-tip Pen)

The Upper Belveder Palace has a wonderful collection of Klimt.  But the room that draws the most smiles in the one that contains Felix Xavier Messerschmidt’s expressive sculptured faces.

Accordian Players with Horse Heads in Vienna, a Sketch by Jenny Armitage

Accordion Players With Horse Heads, Vienna (Felt-tip Pen)

Playing folk music on accordions in Vienna, is a street performers’ staple.

Details from the Jewish Museum, Prague (Felt-tip Pen)

Prague’s Jewish Museum consists of three synagogues, and and cemetary with explanatory display cases.   My sketch shows an outside window and a detail from a case.

Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany, Sketch by Jenny Armitage

Viktualienmarkt, Munich (Felt-tip Pen)

The beer garden in old town Munich includes many green grocers, cheese mongers and other non beer vendors (the beer and sausage in quite fine too).

Art Nouveau Municipal Building, Prague, Sketch by Jenny Armitage

Municipal Building, Prague, Cezch Republic (Felt-tip Pen)

The Municipal Building is an Art Nouveau wonder inside and out.

Salzburg from Fortress, Austria (Felt-tip Pen)

Salzburg from the landing in front of the Fortress.

The Saint Charles Bridge, Prage, Sketch by Jenny Armitage

St. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (Felt-tip Pen)

The bridge is beautiful whether you are on it or looking at it from another bridge.  It is also crowded during the day.  This sketch is from the early morning when I had it almost to myself.

Sketch of St. Vitus Cathedral and Cerney Scupture by Jenny Armitage

St. Vitus Cathedral and Cerney Sculpture (Felt-tip Pen)

Pragues homeboy David Cerney, has absurdist sculpture all over town.  Most of it is bronze.  The little bit from the Swedish Embassy is anomatronic, forever running.

Drawing of Tabor, Czech Republic, by Jenny Armitage

Tabor, Czech Republic (Felt-tip Pen)

Tabor, Czech Republic, from the old gate tower.

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Cafe Snapshot

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European Cafe, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Snapshot Cafe (watercolor 14 x 23) Sold

 

Despite the lack of canals and only a single bicycle, this is Amsterdam on a summer evening. But it could be anyone of a number of European street scenes.

The title is a bit of a pun.  I painted the picture from a series of snapshots, and girls in the foreground are sharing a snapshot.  I hope the atmospheric nature of the painting has little to do with snapshots.

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