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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) $400

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) $400

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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) $700


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) $700

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


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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) $700

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) $200

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.

 

The Rathaus Tower Paintings

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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) $600

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.


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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) $350

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.

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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) $600

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.


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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) $600

 

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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Dreaming of Prague

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St. Charles Bridge at Night, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Dreaming of Prague (watercolor 16 x 21) $600

Impressionists view of the Saint Charles Bridge at night.


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Pillars of the Humanities

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Columns of the Parthenon in Paris France

Pillars of the Humanities (watercolor 17 x 21) $600

This is my first painting since returning from our month long odyssey to Europe. I began with the Pantheon in Paris. I made the cream colored columns vibrant to match the intellectual vibrancy of the persons buried in the crypt: Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Louis Braille, Pierre Curie, Marie Curie, Alexandre Dumas.


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Cowboy in Chinatown

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Cowboy in Chinatown, Painting of Victoria, B.C., by Jenny Armitage

Cowboy in Chinatown (watercolor and gouache 16 x 22) $600

There is still a Chinatown in Victoria, B.C., but it’s only a few blocks long now.  The Fantan Cafe dominates the street.   It’s still a fun and colorful place to visit.  The entrance arch remains, and they still hang Chinese lanterns.


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Diocletian Courtyard

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Diocletian Courtyard, Watercolor By Jenny Armitage

Diocletian Courtyard (watercolor 13 x 18) $500

This is an upward view of the courtyard behind the Diocletian Baths currently the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, in Rome.


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Rafael’s Pillar

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Rafael's Pillar, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Rafael's Pillar (watercolor 13 x 13) $300

A stylized repainting of a detail from one of Rafael’s frescoes at the Vatican.   It was fun to re-imagine, but hardly an improvement on the original.


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Three Towers

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Three Laccan Towers, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

"Three Luccan Towers" (17 x 19 watercolor) $500

Another Italian painting, this time of Lucca.  The view is from a window in yet a fourth tower.  I will have to paint the tower we climbed.  The oak trees growing from it’s roof give it a surreal feel.


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Evening at the Louvre

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Evening at the Louvre, Paris Painting by Jenny Armitage

Evening at the Louvre (watercolor 14 x 22) $500

The glass pyramid as seen through one of the Louvre’s arches.


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Village Stairs

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Village Stairs, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Village Stairs (19 x 12 watercolor) $500

This is a back “street” in Riomaggiore where the streets are not only likely to be too small for cars, but may include staircases.  I loved the light at the end of the tunnel effect and the contract between the brightly painted wall and the natural stone stairs.  The woman was both beautiful and big.


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Lucca Cafe

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Lucca Cafe, Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Lucca Cafe, (watercolor 13 x 17) $400

Cafe in Lucca, Italy, just before lunch.


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Divide and Conquer or the Power of the Scissors

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Italian Heat is not my first attempt at that painting.  It is the second.  I made several mistakes with the first painting, most of them having to to with composition.  I left too many people from my reference photos in the image, and that took away from the real subject, the biking couple at the end of the street.  Having reached the conclusion that the painting was a failure, I played around with photos the spoiled painting before sketching out the second version which ended up in the blog entry below.

That left me with a poor complicated painting with great color but no real focus.  So I set the failed painting aside for a while.  Then a few weeks later, I got out the mat corners (“L” shaped pieces of mat board used for visual cropping) and singled out the two bicyclists.  The result is Florence Bikers.

Florence Bikers, a Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Florence Bikers (9 x 16 watercolor) SOLD

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Having rescued one painting I looked at the remainder and found Three Italians.

Three Italians, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Three Italians, (9 x 21 watercolor) $125


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Italian Heat

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Italian Heat, Original Painting of a Couple Bicycling in Florence by Jenny Armitage

Italian Heat (watercolor 15 x 22) Reserved for Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 2015 Annual Show

We visited Florence in the heat of summer.  The shady narrow streets opening up into white hot plazas continues to fascinate me.   Couples biking over the rough stone streets had their own heat.

This painting may be purchased through the 2015 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual Show. Or purchase a fine art print.

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Brasenose Lane

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Brasenose Lane, Original Painting of Oxford, by Jenny Armitage

Brasenose Lane (watercolor 15 x 21) $650

Another painting of Oxford.  It is after all one of the most beautiful cities to walk there is. 


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Oregon State Fair

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I had a stellar week in the Artisan Village at the Oregon State Fair. I sold seven originals.  Three of Riomaggiore on the Italian Med:

An Italian Jewel, Painting of Cinque Terre by Jenny Armitage

An Italian Jewel (16 x 23 watercolor) SOLD

A Slice of Riomaggiore, watercolor by Jenny Armitage

A Slice of Riomaggiore (10 x 12 watercolor) SOLD

Riomaggiore Hillside, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Riomaggiore Hillside (16 x 22 watercolor) SOLD

Two of Florence:

The Ultimate Alley View, Painting of the Duomo, Florence, Italy
The Ultimate Alley View (12 x 19 watercolor) SOLD