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Foxgloves

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Foxgloves a Surreal Drawing of a Fox in Pen by Jenny Armitage

Foxgloves (12 x 15 India Ink) $900 framed; $800 unframed

Yes I have a visual mind and yes the results can be silly.

Framed in a black wood frame with double grey and black mat.

 

Limited Edition Prints:  8x 10 $40 unframed.

Limited Edition Digitally altered prints:  11 x 14 $75 unframed.

Fox Gloves on Lavender (digitally altered pen and ink 11 x 14) $75 unframed

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Honking Geese

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I hear the sound of geese returning and I imagine something like these.

Canadian Brass Geese, Funny Drawing by Jenny Armtiage

Canadian Brass Geese (11 x 14 India Ink) $600 framed; $500 unframed

Framed in a black would mat with double gray mat:

 

Limited Edition Prints:  11 x 14  $75; 8 x 10 $40.

Limited Edition Digitally Altered Prints:  11 x 14 $75; and 8 x 10 $40.

 

Canadian Brass Geese on White (digitally altered pen and ink) 8 x 10 $40; and 11 x 14 $75

 

 

 

Horn Necked Goose, Surreal Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Horn-Necked Goose (12 x 15 India Ink) $600 framed; $500 unframed

 

Limited Edition Prints:  8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75.

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I Keep Him In My Heart, So He Can’t Get Away

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I Keep Him in My Heart, Pen and Ink Drawing By Jenny Armitage

I Keep Him in My Heart (9 x 12 India ink) $450 framed; $400 unframed

Framed in black wood with brown and black double mat:

Limited Edition Prints: 9 x 12 $60.

Limited Edition Digitally Altered Prints: $60.

I Keep Him in My Heart on gray lavender (digitally altered pen and ink 9 x 12) $60

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Traveling Green

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Green Traveler, Surreal Drawing of Tortoise with Camper Shell, by Jenny Armitage

Green Traveler or Silver Back (India Ink 11 x 14) $1000 framed; $900 unframed

We say turtles and tortoises, carry their homes on their backs.  In this case, the home is a travel trailer.  Don’t ask me why he decided to take on a tree as a passenger, it was just meant to be.  I think they are very happy together and headed for adventures.

Framed in dark brown wood with double blue-grey and black mat.

Limited Edition Prints: 11 x 14 $75.

Digitally Altered Limited Edition Prints: 75.

Green Traveler on 60's Blue (digitally altered pen and ink) 11 x 14 $75

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Bird Brain

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Bird Brain, Visual Pun, by Jenny Armitage

Bird Brain (India Ink 14 x 16) $1000 framed; $900 unframed

I have a very visual mind.  When someone says “bird brain,” I’m apt to see something like this.  But I particularly liked this visual pun, because it hints at the intelligence of  birds, which is often as great or greater than mammals with similar lifestyles.  Ironically, owls are not particularly bright birds, but crows, hawks, and ravens are.

Framed in black wood with gray and black mat.

Limited Editions Prints:  8 x 8 $40; 12 x 12 $80.

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Canine Nemesis

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Canine Nemesis, Ink Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Canine Nemesis (Technical Pen 12 x 12) $800 framed; $700 unframed

Our dog thinks the vacuum cleaner is public enemy number one.  This is how I think she sees it.

Framed in a black wood frame with  double gray mat.

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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) $500 framed; $450 unframed

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.

Framed in black wood with gray and black double mat.

Limited Edition Prints:  $8 x 8 $40.

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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) $600 framed; $500 unframed

I’ve always wanted to float on the clouds.

Framed in brushed black metal with blue and black mat.

Digitally Altered Limited Edition Prints:  8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75.

Cloud Balloon Colorized (digitally altered pen and ink) 8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75

Cloud Balloon on White (digitally altered pen and ink) 8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75

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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) $600 framed; $500 unframed

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

Framed in dark brown wood with brown and dark brown mats.

Limited Edition Prints: 9 x 12 $60.

Digitally Altered Limited Edition Prints: 9 x 12 $6o.

Tree Pose on White (digitally altered pen and ink 11 x 14) $60

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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) sold limited edition prints available

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

Limited Edition Prints:  8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75.

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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) $600 framed; $500 unframed

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.

Framed in black metal and a gray and black mat.

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) unframed $800

Birth of Venus Two, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Birth of Venus Two, (18 x 24 watercolor) unframed $800

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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