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The Standing and the Fallen

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After the Ice Storm, Salem Oregon, Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Standing and the Fallen (16 x 23 watercolor) available.

This Spring Salem, Oregon had back to back ice storms leading to many downed trees and branches.  While I mourn many of the trees lost, nature’s thinning does have it’s compensations.  One of those is that woods around our house, are an entirely new place, while still remaining beautiful.  This lit up hillside was dark, tangled,  and mossy just months ago.  Now it is bright and open.

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Into the Woods

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Into the Woods, Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Into the Woods (watercolor 13 x 20) available

Another painting of the woods below Sprague Highschool, and another one of our favorite walks.

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Wood’s Edge

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Wood's Edge, Original Watercolor Painting by Artist Jenny Armitage

Wood's Edge (watercolor 16 x 21) available

We often hike in the woods below Sprague High School.  This is the upper entrance to the trail.  Lit from behind, the shadows are an invitation to walk in the woods.

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Back-lit Bramble

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Back Lit Bramble, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Back-Lit Bramble (watercolor 16 x 23) Available

We aren’t going much of anywhere this summer due to Covid-19.  Lucky for us, nearby Croisen Scenic Trail provides endless scenic fodder.  This particular scene, is in the less trafficked part of the trail below Sprague High School.

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Dappled Spring Trail One and Two

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Dappled Spring Trail, Original Painting By Jenny Armitage

Dappled Spring Trail (watercolor 16 x 23) Sold

 

Dappled Spring Trail II, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Dappled Spring Trail II (watercolor 13 x 21) Available

Two sunny spring views, of the trial below our house in Salem, Oregon.   Croisan Creek Trail, is an endless source of inspiration. During the current shelter in place orders, it is even more valuable as an escape.

 

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Fall Light

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Fall Light on Croisen Trail, Original Watercolor By Jenny Armitage

Fall Light on Croisen Trail (watercolor 12 x 19) Available

Another view of the hill below our house. Prints are available here.

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Shadow Over the Hilltop

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Shadows Over the Hilltop, An Origianl Landscape Painting by Jenny Armitage

Shadows Over the Hilltop (watercolor 10 x 15) available

Shadows on the hillside above Croisan Creek, Salem, Oregon.

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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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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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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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The Heart of Salamanca

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The Heart of Salamanca, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Heart of Salamanca (watercolor 19 x 23) Available

This is early morning on the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain.  In a couple hours the Plaza will be full of umbrella tables.  But right now the coffee drinkers are inside enjoying the warmth.

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April on the Plaza Mayor

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April on the Plaza Mayor, Original Painting of Spain, by Jenny Armitage

April of the Plaza Mayor (watercolor 15 x 23) Available

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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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The Sant Pau Gates

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Sant Paus Gates, Painting of Sant Pau Hospital by Jenny Armitage

Sant Pau's Gates (watercolor 17 x 22) Available

I was fascinated by the shadows cast by wrought iron gates in front of the Sant Pau Hospital Moderisme in Barcelona, Spain.

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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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Between Amusements

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At the Fair, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Between Amusements (17 x 21 watercolor) Available

For the last four years I’ve been taking pictures of the Oregon State Fair confident that with all those people and colors there must be a good painting in there somewhere.   Four years of pictures with images taken from four different photos and I finally have one.

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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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Clarinet Candy

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Clarinet Candy, An Instrument Painting by Jenny Armitage

Candy Clarinet (14 x 20 watercolor) $450

A portrait of a friend’s clarinet.   She can make it sound like candy too.

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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) Available

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

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Through the Bamboo Grove

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