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Counting Sheep

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Counting Sheep, Original Drawing in Pen and Ink by Jenny Armitage

Counting Sheep (pen and ink 11 x 11) available

My daughter says my sheep is smug–smug because he can count.  Let him be smug, as long as he, not me, does the midnight counting.

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In My Cumulus Balloon

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Cold Air Balloon, Surreal Balloon in Pen and Ink by Jenny Armitage

In my Cumulus Balloon (13 x 15 pen and ink) available

I’ve always wanted to float on the clouds.

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Tree Pose

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Tree Pose, Yoga Pen and Ink by Jenny Armitage

Tree Pose: Root Your Foot Down (pen and ink 11 x 18) available

In many standing yoga poses the instructions are to root down through your standing leg.  That seems particularly fitting for tree pose.

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The Titanic Whale

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The Whale Titanic Surrealistic Drawing by Jenny Armitage

The Whale Titanic (archival pen 10 x 14) available

The Titanic was whale of a ship.  This Titanic is a whale and unlike the original, it’s meant to dive.

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The Raven Tree

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The Raven Tree, Drawing by Jenny Armitage

The Raven Tree (2 x 21 archival pen) Available

When I look at pines I often see things in the branches the way other people see things in the clouds.  From there to a tree of ravens wasn’t much of a stretch.

Fine art prints are available. I’ve also digital manipulated the tree so as to place it on a couple different backgrounds for printing. Those images can be seen and purchased here.“>here .

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Birth of Venus One and Two

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Birth of Venus Two, Original Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Birth of Venus One (18 x 24 watercolor) Available

Birth of Venus Two, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Birth of Venus Two, (18 x 24 watercolor) Available

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is stunning, but it never captured the delivery part of birth for me.  Botticelli’s Venus is serene.  She is arriving at the shore, the messy birth process long behind her.  My Venuses  are actually in the process of emerging from the sea foam.

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Paint Tube Hills—Playing with Perspective Again

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Paint Tube Hills, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Paint Tube Hill (16 x 22 watercolor) Available

Realistic paintings are representations of three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface. This painting plays with that concept by depicting three dimensional objects like paint tubes and brushes resting on a two dimensional painting. But of course the tubes and brushes are also two dimensional representations of three dimensional space.

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Tipping My Hat to M. C. Escher

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Pygmalion Joins the Band, Echeresque Painting by Jenny Armitge

Pygmalion Joins the Band, (16 x 22 watercolor)

When painting Flugel and Friends, I was struck by the way in which the unfinished the flugelhorn appeared ultra three dimensional.  It just wanted to hover above the paper.  It took some effort playing with the shadow to get it lay down and behave itself. But I was struck by how beautiful the floating horn was.

Flugle and Friends In Progress

The experience got me to thinking about the trick of making the flat paper look three dimensional and reminded me of M.C. Escher’s various perspective games playing with this concept.  So I decided to play around with the idea a little within a painting in a painting.

The process has been fun, but very meta.  I painted Pygmalion Joins the Band, with the very brush depicted in the painting with palette shown, using the paints in the tubes I painted.   If you paint on block pads, you may recognize the border of the pad cover peaking out from under the painting in a painting.   The most challenging  part of the painting turned out to be depicting paint on the plastic palette and making it look like paint on plastic rather than paint of paper.  I had the most fun painting the tubes and now plotting excuses to paint them again.

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