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Cresting the Hill

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Cresting the Hill, an Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Cresting the Hill (watercolor 16 x 23) Available

Another forest painting from Croisan Scenic Trail.

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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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Lacy Edge

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Lacey Edge, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Lacey Edge (watercolor 12 x 17) Available

Watercolor painting of the lacy patterns made by light on the forest edge.
Purchase the original or a fine art reproduction here.

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Waking Forest

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Waking Forest, Original Painting of a Nymph by Jenny Armitage

Waking Forest (watercolor 13 x 18) Available

A Columbia Gorge nymph emerges out of the landscape.

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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) Available

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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Twilight Off Michigan Ave.

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Twilight Off Michigan Ave, Watercolor Painting of Chicago, by Jenny Armitage

Twilight Off Michigan Ave, (Watercolor 16 x 22) Available

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Art Institute Reflected

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Art Institute Reflected, Original Painting of Chicago, by Oregon Artist Jenny Armitage

Art Institute Reflected (13 x 19 watercolor) Available

The Art Institute of Chicago, both live and in reflection.

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On the Loop

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On the Loop, Watercolor Painting of Chicago by Oregon Artist, Jenny Armitage

On The Loop (13 x 19 watercolor) SOLD

This is downtown Chicago on The Loop.

This painting sold before I could post it, but prints are still available.

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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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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) Available

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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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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A Painting to Inspire Jazz Improvisation

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Pacific Rhythms, Seascape, by Jenny Armitage

Pacific Rhythms (18 x 36 watercolor) Commissioned

I painted this seascape for the most marvelous client.  Her request charmed me.   She wanted a seascape with no figures or land masses, beach, or boats; just waves, sky, and clouds.   The waves and clouds must be rhythmic to inspire jazz improvisation.  The painting must be large enough to fill the space above her piano.

The project presented some challenges, most of them having to do with size.  Standard watercolor sheets are only 24 x 30 inches.  She wanted a painting that was 36 inches wide, so the paper had to be special ordered.  I don’t have an easel large enough to accommodate a painting this size, so I used my studio table.  When I taped the paper to my studio table, there was no room left for water and brushes.  To see how the painting looked from five feet back, I had to stand on a chair.

The other challenge had to do with how to create a path through the painting for the eye.  I decided on a sideways “u” beginning on the bottom left following the breakers in and return across the horizon and out through a break in the clouds.

I presented it to the client this morning and I’m happy to say she loved it.  It’s at the framers now.

The original belongs to a lovely pianist, but prints are available here.

 

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