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The Mossy Edge

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The Mossy Edge, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Mossy Edge (watercolor 13 x 16) available

More scenes from along Skyline Trail in Salem. Oregon.

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Woodland Drama

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Woodland Drama (16 x 23) Sold

My Watercolor Society of Oregon entry for Fall 2022.

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Leafy Fall Shadows

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Leafy Fall Shadows, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Leafy Fall Shadows (watercolor 12 x 17) available

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Long Fir Shadows

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Long Fir Shadows, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Long Fir Shadows (watercolor 12 x 16) available

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Wood’s End

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Wood's End Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Wood's End (watercolor 9 x 13) available

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Forest Walk

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Forest Walk, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Forest Walk (watercolor 15 x 20) reserved

My husband and daughter in the woods.

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Shaggy Trio

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Shaggy Trio, Watercolor of Mossy Trees by Jenny Armitage

Shaggy Trio (watercolor 15 x 17) available

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Through the Gap in the Trees

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Through the Gap in the Trees, Original Painting by Jenny armitage

Through the Gap in the Trees (watercolor and gouache 12 x 17) available

A my husband cresting a hilltop at Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon.  It’s all about the light, of course.

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Rocky Shore

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Rocky Shore, Original Painting of the Willamette River by Jenny Armitage

Rocky Shore (watercolor and gouache 16 x 20) available

A rocky landing along the Willamette River, in Independence, Oregon.

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Mossy Tangle

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Mossy Tangle, Original Watercolor of Mossy Trees by Jenny Armitage

Mossy Tangle (watercolor 13 x 14) available

I find the moss covered trees in the Northwest mysterious and intriguing.

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Cool Shadows

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Cool Shadows, Painting of Joryville Hedgerows by Jenny Armitage

Cool Shadows (watercolor 13 x 18) available

Long fingers of shadow stretch out from the hedgerow trees in the fields topping Joryville Hill, Marion County, Oregon.

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Soft Spring Shadows

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Soft Spring Shadows, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Light Streams Downhill (watercolor 13x 23) available

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Morning Shadows on Skyline Trail

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Morning Shadows, Original Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Morning Shadows (12 x 19 watercolor) Sold

We are having a few beautifully clear winter mornings in the Willamette Valley this year.  This is Skyline Trail (under Sprague High School) one such February morning.

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Walking the Hedgerows

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Walking the Hedgerows, original painting by Jenny Armitage

Walking the Hedgerows (14 x 20 watercolor) sold

Another painting of the delicious shadows in the fields above Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon

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Forest Light

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Forest Light, Original Artwork by Jenny Armitage

Forest Light (watercolor 13 x 17) SOLD

Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon.

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Skyline Trail

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Skyline Trail, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Skyline Trail (watercolor 15 x 19) available

Another painting of Skyline Trail.

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Langollen Reflections

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Green Reflections, Original Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Llangollen Reflections (watercolor 17 x 23) sold

I took the reference photo I used for this painting on the Llangollen Canal, from our narrowboat rental.  But it could be still water and trees, just about anywhere.

 

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Just Below the Hilltop

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Just Below the Hilltop, Original Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Just Below the Hilltop (watercolor 14 x 18) sold

Another view of Sprague Trail.  The woods there are so light, since the ice storm of 2021 thinned the forest.

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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) Sold

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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Beginning to Melt

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Beginning to Melt, original watercolor of melting snow, by Jenny Armitage

Beginning to Melt (15 x 22) Sold

 

One more painting of Croisan Creek Trail.  This time after bit of snow.

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The Mossy Grove

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The Mossy Grove, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Mossy Grove (watercolor 14 x 19) SOLD

This is my favorite part of Skyline trail, where all of the trees are bearded with moss.

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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) SOLD

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) SOLD

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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Needled By Ravens

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Needled by Ravens In Drawing of A Raven Tree by Jenny Armitage

Needled by Ravens (India ink 13 x 15) available

A second ink drawing of a pine tree with raven needles.  This time a used gnarled and twisted old Ponderosa Pine from the  edge of the Grand Canyon as a model.

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

Needled by Ravens on White (digitally altered pen and ink) 8 x 10 $40; 11 x 14 $75

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Three Trees

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Three Trees in a Stony Landscape, Alcohol Ink Painting by Jenny Armitage

Three Trees in a Stony Landscape (alcohol ink 5 x 7) SOLD

Another fantasy alcohol ink landscape.

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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.

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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) not available

Another forest painting from Croisan Scenic Trail.

I reworked this painting in May of 2022.  The new version is warmer and had more contrast.  I like it much better.

Cresting the Hill Reworked (16 x 22) available

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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.

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Spring Tangle

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Spring Tangle, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Spring Tangle (watercolor 14 x 19) Sold

This painting has sold, but you can purchase a fine art reproduction here.

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Early Spring

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Early Spring, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Early Spring (watercolor on yupo 11 x 14) available

A little bit like alcohol ink, but more controllable. This painting is watercolor on Yupo, which is a little like painting on glass.

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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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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) Sold

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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Foggy Path

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Foggy Path, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Foggy Path (14 x 22 watercolor on paper) SOLD

Another one that sold before I could post it.  Prints are available at Pixels.

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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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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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Wyoming Glow

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Wyoming Glow, a painting of a Western Morning by Jenny Armitage

Wyoming Glow (watercolor 15 x 18 inches) Available

Back to Wyoming in the morning.  I used the same reference photo for this painting as I did for my last pastel.  I didn’t mess the seasons this time but it looks like spring rather than summer to me.  That’s because it’s been such a wet year.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wyoming so green.  The early morning sun on the grass was simply spectacular.

The problem for me was not to lose the forest in the trees.   It’s much too easy to get mesmerized by detail and try to paint every tree.  Yet the painting must still suggest individual trees  and I wanted the emphasis to remain on the sunlit grass.  My solution this time was to eliminate detail by using a big brush.  The entire painting is done with a number 14 round brush (about three eights of an inch at the shank but coming to a fairly tight point).*   Usually I work in numbers 12, 10, 8 and finish with 6  (the smaller the number the smaller the brush).

I did not use mask either.  Painting carefully around the lights rather than reserving them with mask forced me to keep them big.

I also used a fairly limited palette:  winsor purple, phthalo blue, cobalt blue, quinacridone gold, and burnt sienna.  This not only helped unify the painting, but helped me concentrate on big shapes.

But I have my husband to thank for the key to this painting.  He came upstairs and looked at it in progress.

“Too fuzzy.”

“But where would I put the detail?”

“I don’t know.”

Stephen is not good at seeing what to do to a painting, but he’s very good at seeing problems.    It pays to listen to him.  I thought about it.  One classic maneuver is to put a lot of detail into the foreground.  I used that approach with my pastel.  But my painting was already too abstract to allow much real detail in the foreground.  In the end I did two things.  I added texture to the foreground and sharpened up the trees just where they intruded on the distant grass at the center of interest.  Together the changes created instant depth.

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*Actually, I used one other brush, but only for my signature.  For that I used a number 2 rigger.  Riggers are very long thin brushes designed to make long thin continuous lines without having to repeatedly re-dip then in paint.  The name comes from their usefulness in painting sail rigging.


 

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