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Hanging Out at Opal Creek

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Hanging Out at Opal Creek, Oregon Painting by Jenny Armitage

Hanging Out at Opal Creek (watercolor 13 x 22) $600

This is our favorite lunch spot on Opal Creek. It’s just below the falls and about half way around the pretty looping trail to Jawbone Flats.


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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) $700

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.

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Brass Candy Trio

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Brass Candy Trio, Painting of Brass by Jenny Armitage

Brass Candy Trio (13 x 22 watercolor) $600

More big brass.  This time I really went for the distorted shadows created by the blanket these instruments rested on.


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Bottles and Stoppers

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Bottles and Stoppers, Painting of Bottles by Jenny Armitage

"Bottles and Stoppers" (8 x 10 watercolor on claybord) $100

Painting can be magic.  You get to see new and hidden things.  When painting these bottles, I exaggerated the contrast between the various soft gradations of color within the bottles.   None of them looked like anything in particular,  just abstract shapes to paint.   But having painted the shapes I discovered that one of the things I was exaggerating was the magenta bottle’s reflection in the purple bottle.

It’s fun.  But it’s not unusual.  When painting reflections in metal or glass, I often discover that I have painted more than I can see, and yet the painting is right.  I’ve clarified by exaggeration.


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