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BiPolar Bear

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Bi Polar Bear, Surreal Pen and Ink, by Jenny Armitage

BiPolar Bear (India Ink on cold-press paper 12 x 14 inches).


Bi-polar disorder is a bear to suffer through.  Being a bipolar bear may not be much better.  But this one seems to be barring up well.

I have changed him up a little digitally:

Bi-polar Bear II, digital drawing by Jenny armitage

BiPolar Bear II (digital drawing available in 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 images)


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

Foxgloves (12 x 15 India Ink) available

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


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) available


Horn Necked Goose, Surreal Drawing by Jenny Armitage

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



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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) available


Limited Edition Digitally Altered Prints:

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) available



Digitally Altered Limited Edition Prints:

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) available

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.


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Urban Chimera

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Urban Chimera Drawing of a Weenerbog with additions by Jenny Armitage

Urban Chimera (India Ink 19 x 16) available

I think of this as a chimera, but given all of the city equipment, I guess he’s a little bit of a cyborg too.

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Canine Nemesis

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Canine Nemesis, Ink Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Canine Nemesis (Technical Pen 12 x 12) available

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


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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.

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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.


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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) available

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.

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.

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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) available

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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