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Forest Window

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Forest Window, Original Watercolor, by Jenny Armitage

Forest Window (watercolor 13 x 19) Sold

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Old Woman

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Old Woman, Watercolor Painting of a Tree by Jenny Armitage

Old Woman (watercolor 16 x 21) SOLD

An upwards look at the woods backing our yard. Either you will see the old woman or you won’t. If you do see her, you won’t be able to stop seeing her.

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

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Spring Tangle

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Spring Tangle, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Spring Tangle (watercolor 14 x 19) Sold

This painting has sold, but you can purchase a fine art reproduction here.

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Looking Towards Home

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Looking Up Towards Home, Original Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Looking Up Towards Home II (watercolor 13 x 19) Sold

Walking home from a morning walk in the woods we looked up the hill towards our house into magical morning light.  I’ve done my best to capture that light in this pair of paintings.

Looking Up Towards Home, Original Painting of Light Through Trees by Jenny Armitage

Looking Up Towards Home I (watercolor 13 x 19) Sold

These paintings have sold, but you can still purchase prints here.

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Segovia Monument

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Segovia Monument, Original Painting of Spain by Jenny Armitage

Segovia Monument (watercolor 14 x 18) SOLD

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Seville: City of Color

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To The Cathedral, Watercolor Painting of Seville, Spain by Jenny Armitage

To the Cathedral (watercolor 15 x 19) SOLD

Santa Cruz in the Barrio on a street leading to the Seville Cathedral.

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

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Perhaps Persephone?

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Persephone in Autumn, An Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Perhaps Persephone (watercolor 16 x 22) SOLD

Initially, this painting was inspired by a bird’s nest left over from last Spring.  Looking at the nest, the woman with bird’s nest hair and the whitewater dress rising from the ground just came to me.  She became Persephone as painted her.  Now she is drowsily sinking back into the earth before her return to Hades and the Underworld. She’ll be back in the Spring.

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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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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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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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Aqua Falls

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Aqua Falls, Original Painting of Opal Creek by Jenny Armitage

Aqua Falls (watercolor 16 x 23) SOLD

No these falls aren’t actually named the Aqua Falls. I don’t know their name. I think of them as the aqua falls, because the water is the most beautiful aqua color there. There being the first falls on the Opal Creek Trail, east of Salem, Oregon. If you hike the trail you’ll find them just as you reach the abandoned mill machinery. You have to scramble a little off trail down some rocks to reach this view of them. The good news is you’ll probably have them to yourself.

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

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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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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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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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Winter Warrior

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Winter Warrior, Original Tree Painting, by Jenny Armitage

Winter Warrior (watercolor and gouache 16 x 23) SOLD

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Foggy Path

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Foggy Path, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Foggy Path (14 x 22 watercolor on paper) SOLD

Another one that sold before I could post it.  Prints are available at Pixels.

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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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Fog Over Croisan Valley

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Fog Over Croisan Valley, Original Painting of Salem, Oregon by Jenny Armitage

Fog Over Croisan Valley (17 x 23 watercolor) Sold

This painting is a little closer to home than most of my recent work.  I see this view every morning on the way home from my walk down Croisan Scenic Trail.  The trial occupies a long thin, Salem park with our neighborhood a hundred feet above it and Croisan Creek a few hundred feet below it.  The path is beautiful in all seasons and rarely feels nearly as close to town as it is.   It’s particularly evocative in the fog.

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

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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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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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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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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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Dreaming of Prague

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

Dreaming of Prague (watercolor 16 x 21) SOLD

Impressionists view of the Saint Charles Bridge at night.

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

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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) SOLD

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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Beachhead

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Beachhead, Watercolor Painting of the Oregon Coast by Jenny Armitage

Beachhead (12 x 19 watercolor) Sold

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Village Stairs

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Village Stairs, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Village Stairs (19 x 12 watercolor) SOLD

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.

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

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Lucca Cafe

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Lucca Cafe, Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Lucca Cafe, (watercolor 13 x 17) Sold

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

Looking at the remainder on the contained yet another painting:

Three Italians, Painting by Jenny Armitage

Three Italians, (9 x 21 watercolor) sold

Both paintings have sold, but prints are still available. fine art print.

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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) SOLD

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 sold but you may still 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) SOLD

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

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

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Last OSF Painting: Rear Derailleur

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Rear Derailleur, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Rear Derailleur (watercolor 11 x 15) SOLD

Painted at the Oregon State Fair.

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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
July in Florence, Painting of Old Florence by Jenny Armitage
July in Florence (13 x 23 watercolor) SOLD

One of Oxford:

Oxford Lane, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage
Oxford Lane (watercolor 13 x 19) SOLD

And one of The Valley of the Gods in Utah:

Moki Dugway View of the Valley of the Gods, a Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Looking Down From Moki Dugway (14 x 24 watercolor) SOLD

My “problem” now is putting together enough paintings for my feature at Art in the Valley this coming October.

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Oxford Bike

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Oxford Bike, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Oxford Bike (watercolor 17 x 19) SOLD

I poured this painting at the Oregon State Fair on yesterday and spent this afternoon finishing up the brushwork.   I rather like it.  The greens feel very England to me.

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

 

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Top of Milan

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Top of Milan Painting by Jenny Armitage of an Italian Cathedral

Top of Milan (watercolor 14 x 22) SOLD

When we Armitages travel, we climb things–towers, monuments, mountains, cathedrals, arches– we generally go up for the purpose of looking down.  We are never disappointed.  We weren’t disappointed in Milan.  But the Milan Cathedral rooftop is different.  The rooftop itself is an amazing place to be.  It would be an amazing place were it on the ground floor.  Here is my first painting of the marble forest that lives atop the Milan Duomo.

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Painters Academics Exhibition – For The Love of Art

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See my work in Painters Academics’ For the Love of Art,
sponsored by Solo Exhibition

Spinning Tales, by Jenny Armitage

Spinning Tales (13 x 19 watercolor) SOLD

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Sun-Drenched Parasols

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Sun Drenched Parosals (watercolor 12 x 18) SOLD

There’s a reason why artists like to paint umbrellas.  They are shapely and brightly colored.  They add grace to the human form.  We associate them with romance and romantic cities.  And here I live in the Willamette Valley were it rains all winter, and yet I’ve never really painted umbrellas and now when I do it’s umbrellas used for shade.

Why?  Because Oregonians hardly ever use umbrellas.  We either ignore the rain with a macho sort of only wimps think this is rain air, or we wear sports gear with hoods.    On the coast we have some excuse as the rain there so often comes with enough wind to invert any umbrella, but here in the Valley we hardly ever have real wind yet we don’t use umbrellas.   Our family does keep a couple collapsibles in the car, but we tend to forget we have them.

These are Oregon umbrellas lent by the exhibit sponsor to the line of people waiting in the sun to see the Titanic exhibit some years ago.  I embarrassed my young daughters by taking pictures of the line of people with all  those beautiful umbrellas. One of my girls looked at the painting and said instantly that was when we saw the Titanic.  She doesn’t remember being embarrassed, just the pretty umbrellas.  My other girl is younger.  She does not remember at all.  Neither girl remembers many Oregon umbrellas.  They associate umbrellas with London.

A couple days ago, I saw a friend’s painting umbrellas in Rome, and thought to myself, I wish I had some umbrellas to paint.  And then I remembered how I had embarrassed my children by taking photos of people standing in line because the umbrellas were so pretty.

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My painting doesn’t have the lovely rainy reflections Marsha’s does, but I do have shadows.


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The Mission Church at Sky City

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Sky City Mission, Painting of Acoma Pueblo Mission by Jenny Armitage

Sky City Mission (watercolor 16 x 20) SOLD

Built in the 1200s and located atop a 365 foot high mesa, Acoma Pueblo is one of the most spectacular of the nineteen modern pueblos of New Mexico.  It looks like what it is, the home of the descendants of the Anasazi peoples of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.    The San Estevan Del Rey Mission Church I’ve painted is a late comer to the pueblo, built between 1629 and 1641.  The church was built by order of the Spanish government.   Although it was built with slave labor, the Acoma people are proud of it, and did not destroy it during 1680 revolt against the Spanish.  It is still a place of Christian worship today.

The building is made of sandstone and adobe, rather than adobe bricks.  The result is sturdier than adobe, but when in need of plaster very rough looking.  The stones were very much visible when we visited this last summer, though I’ve seen pictures of the Mission looking as smooth as any brick adobe building.  I like the rough stones and I’ve done my best to give a sense of them here.

My painting is entirely poured (see a description of the pouring method here) from just four pigments:  raw sienna, burnt sienna, quinacrididone rose, and dioxion purple. The hard edges caused by mask used for pouring and the limited palette, give the painting a raw graphic feel that reminds of seeing that massive building in the July heat.

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

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Riomaggiore Harbor

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An Italian Jewel, Painting of Cinque Terre by Jenny Armitage

An Italian Jewel (16 x 23 watercolor) SOLD

Riomaggiore is built on the cliffs above it’s harbor, rising chaotically up in a happy clutter of homes.  The effect is charming whether seen from the harbor looking up or from the narrow streets looking down.  The final shape of the village looks like a jewel set into the hills.

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

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