Seasons and Change – New Work for Portland Open Studios

Seasons and Change – New Work for Portland Open Studios

They say Change is inevitable but Growth is Intentional. I have a few new pieces for Portland Open Studios, getting them framed up this week! Please plan to visit me October 14-15 or 21-22, 2017 from 10-5. My studio is #7 on the tour in Community 1. There are several other great artists showing in our area! You can download the free app with addresses, or the paid phone app that shows 3 images per artist. Here is the link! Or you can purchase the tour book, which also includes a directory of teaching artists. Only $15. I have several available here at the studio. Here is a link for a map to my studio from points North. And this link provides a map to the studio from points South.

This week will be my first try at framing an oversized work myself (Fishing in the Dark – below.) Wish me luck! My least favorite part is placing plexiglass over the mat and painting without getting any dust or specks on it! Difficult! If anyone has any tips or tricks for this, I’m more than willing to listen.

"Fishing in the Dark" Watermedia on TerraSkin, 30"x30" ©Ruth Armitage

“Fishing in the Dark” Watermedia on TerraSkin, 30″x30″ ©Ruth Armitage

Changing Artwork

I adore this change in the seasons and cooler, crisp fall temperatures here. My mom reminded me that each fall and spring, during the Big CLEAN, her mother would rearrange all the artwork in the house. It is amazing how changing the position of a painting lets you see it with new eyes. I’ve been doing a bit of that myself… getting ready for the Portland Open Studios tour. I think this year I will re-hang work in other rooms of my house too. I’ve had to do that unintentionally, since I robbed our powder room for the Local 14 show last weekend. I didn’t get all my paintings packed up and have to go back for them! OOPS! So I put Orchard’s Edge in the powder room instead of “Autumn Tilling.” I like how it looks!

Complex Vs. Simple

Orchard’s Edge is an homage to this fall weather, the neutrals, and subtle colors of grasses against the backdrop of a dark orchard. I have been thinking about my parents’ farm and what it will look like when the hazelnut trees are grown up. I don’t like to think about how that change will look. But I have to accept it. As a painter, it is difficult to abstract something like an orchard. I chose to represent it as the dark band at the top of the painting. The next band represents grasses, and the bottom area represents water. Attempting a banded composition like this requires an artist to find exciting ways to break up all the stripes and make each one interesting, to hold the viewers eye.

"Orchard's Edge" Mixed Media on Paper, 15"x22" ©Ruth Armitage

“Orchard’s Edge” Mixed Media on Paper, 15″x22″ ©Ruth Armitage

I have been finding that many viewers prefer a calmer composition like this to the more complicated, active compositions of a painting like “Seismic Shift.” Just like some people prefer seafood and others prefer steak… What is your preference? Do you prefer simple or complex paintings? Leave me a comment.

“Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.”

-Oscar Wilde

PDXOS – Portland Open Studios – Related Events

PDXOS – Portland Open Studios – Related Events

Portland Open Studios – Experience Creativity

22x15" Acrylic on Paper, Ruth Armitage, ©2016

“River of Dreams” 22×15″ Acrylic on Paper, Ruth Armitage, ©2016

Join me for two weekends of Open Studio, in my beautiful Oregon City studio:

October 8th & 9th and October 15th & 16th, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm each day.

The tour is organized by neighborhood, and our own Community 8 boasts some creative and beautiful artwork. I love the fact that you can find paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics on this tour. Something for everyone.

Artists will be demonstrating their techniques and available to answer questions about their artwork. It is a great opportunity to meet the creators in your community, listen to them speak and see their latest body of work. I always love the opportunity to peek behind the scenes where the creation takes place. (more…)

Portland Open Studios 2015

Portland Open Studios 2015

"Necessary Current" ©Ruth Armitage 2015

“Necessary Current” Oil and Wax on panel ©Ruth Armitage 2015

Here are links to Google Maps for directions to my studio from the North or East, or from the South.

You’ll notice that I’ve been hard at work creating new artwork to share, spiffing up the studio and getting organized.  My wonderful neighbor, Carrie Moore, will also be participating. Click this link to view all of the other participants in Portland Open Studios on their website, or visit any New Seasons Market to pick up the printed guide.

Gateway Studios will also have extra copies of the Tour Guide. If you have a smartphone, you can download the app for previews, links and an interactive map. Additionally, any high school or college students can to to Gateway Studios to pick up a Tour Guide for FREE.

Please visit me this weekend or next between 10 & 5!

In other exciting News….

Last month I shipped my painting “Hot Wind” to the National Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition. This month I learned that it has been chosen by juror Peter Frank for the Loa Ruth Sprung Award (with $2000) for non-objective painting.

"Hot Wind" ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on paper, 30"x22" February, 2014

“Hot Wind” ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on paper, 30″x22″ February, 2014

It is a huge honor to be included in the show, but earning one of the top awards is the icing on the cake! I can’t wait till October 24th and the artists’ reception. I’ll be traveling to San Pedro to attend the awards ceremony and to view this amazing display.

 Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Fall Show

I was also honored to receive an Award of Distinction at this beautiful exhibit of Watercolors from across the state. It was a treat to meet our esteemed juror, Ratindra Das. I hope our paths cross again!

"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper 30"x22"

“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper 30″x22″ SOLD


Portland Open Studios, New Blog Format

Portland Open Studios, New Blog Format

I had a wonderful trip to Sara Swink’s studio this past weekend for Portland Open Studios. I had fallen in love with her work when we taught together at Menucha for Creative Arts Community. Since then I’ve been wondering how I could get one of her beautiful pieces into my home. Sometimes it takes patience to acquire a piece of art, and this was no exception. I often think that the purchases that take people time to put together are even more flattering than the purchases that occur quickly or spontaneously.

Anyway, my sister went with me and I think that had something to do with my ‘spree’. The piece(s) I bought are titled ‘Three Sisters”. That is very fitting for me, as I have three sisters who are so precious to me. Sara’s story about how these women keep showing up in her work was also a pivotal factor for me buying this set. They look so fabulous in my family room!

Here are a few ‘portraits’ of each sister: Click on the images for an enlargement

I had a pretty frustrating technology day today 🙁 I tried for several hours to print a photo in large format for my husband. Unfortunately, the old printer and new computer do not seem to like each other at all. Everyday printing is fine, but trying to print on large format paper is impossible at this point. I finally gave up at about 12:30 and got dressed. LOL. Then I tackled my website update. The theme that I use for my website had a major revision back in August that I hadn’t implemented yet. I needed to upload the new theme and try to recreate the customizations I had made. The current site is what I’ve come up with so far. I know it isn’t the same, but right now it is what I can do. I’m not sure whether to revert to having the full blog posts on the blog page or keep the excerpts. What do you think? I always love hearing your comments.

Anyway, at about 3:30 I finally quit the computer and went outside for some glorious fall lawn mowing and animal feeding. I even had 4 deer watching as I mowed the lawn 🙂

Portland 5 at Oregon State Memorial Union

Portland 5 at Oregon State Memorial Union

Portland 5 Art Exhibit opens at Oregon State University

"Necessary Current" Oil and Wax on Panel 36x36"

“Necessary Current” Oil and Wax on Panel 36×36














I’m honored to be included in this contemporary exhibit at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery. I am an alumna of Oregon State, and I have fond memories of viewing interesting art exhibitions in the Memorial Union. It was one of my favorite places to study as an undergraduate. I love the huge palladian windows that look out over the street below. I have vivid memories of watching the elm leaves fall and litter the sidewalk. I sure miss those college days!

The building is open Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 11:00 PM. Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 AM. Saturday 7:30 am – 12:00 AM. and Sunday 10:30 am – 11:00 PM.

During term breaks it is open Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 PM.

The show includes abstract work from five Portland artist, all of whom showed in Portland Open Studios:

The show runs through May 5th, 2016. Click above for more information!








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