I often begin my abstract painting process with the possible title for the painting. The painting seen here was a demonstration for a class I taught at Village Gallery of Arts as a substitute for a friend. I was thinking of the idea of tilling the fields, plowing, harrowing etc. and combining that idea with the idea of turning the land over to the next owners.

“Turnover” is my attempt to combine those ideas. For the moment the land is fallow, waiting for the next crop, the next memories to be made there.

The lesson involved using layers of line over various light shapes in the background. I’ve worked on the painting a bit more since the class. I took it to my critique group the day I started it. They suggested altering the shape that looked almost human, softening the blue diagonal between the left & right sides and a few other small touches.

I’m always interested in your comments on my work!

Abstract Painting by Ruth Armitage

“Turnover” ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper, 30×22″ $1800

I will be showing New Work at the Fall Opening Reception at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery: Friday, October 24, 5-8 p.m.

1237 S.W. 12th Ave. at Jefferson, Portland, OR    503-224-0674

View over 1,500 works for sale or rent from gallery artists and enjoy refreshments.  Creative Costumes encouraged for this event!

Special Announcement: My new 18 month, Full Color  Calendar Available!

Paintings and Quotes for each Month

 Each month features a different image from the “Down on the Farm” series, plus an inspiring quote chosen specially for that month and that painting. Calendar begins with January. 2015 and ends in June, 2016. Great gift for yourself, or your friend or family member who likes to plan ahead!


My new Full Color Calendar,  Paintings and Quotes for each Month

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