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Camping Adventures

San Simeon

San Simeon

Last summer we went on a camping trip to San Simeon. I was surprised at how cold it was, it was July and back at home in Los Angeles, it was HOT! I pretty much lived in my Uggs and all those shorts I packed stayed in the bag. The bright side is that it was a beautiful place. Our camp site was surrounded by mountains and nature. We had two snakes visit us and thought we might be getting some coyote’s visiting since we had 3 small tasty dogs with us but thankfully they stayed away.

Our trip was only 3 days but we managed to squeeze in sight seeing at Hurst Castle, we only made it to the visitor center since we had dogs waiting for us in the car but it was still impressive, we toured 3 wineries, had lunch in Cambria and my husband got so close to a seal that he could have been eaten! I was also determined to doing a little painting. We had rented the cutest vintage camper (www.happiercamper.com) that was just screaming to be painted. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to paint the camper but I took lots of photos and I will be painting it someday soon. Instead I took my friend Tom for a little plein air painting lesson and we had fun at sunset painting the mountains of San Simeon until it was just too windy and cold to stand it anymore. Did I mention, this is why I’m really not a fan of plein air painting? ūüėČ ¬†I didn’t get any photos of us doing our paintings but I have posted my painting on FineArtAmerica and prints can be purchased there. ¬†Check out my mountain paintings.

Mike and the seal.

Mike and the seal.

Cutest camper ever!

Cutest camper ever!

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Mike the snake rangler!

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Breathtaking views!

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Happy Campers

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Trying to spot a wild boar in the mountains

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Just one of the beautiful wineries

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Our campsite and the incredible view

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Lighting It Up with Art Prints

I recently completed a project to furnish a local office with artwork. The company makes LED Lighting and recently changed management and along with the old CEO went the art that he owned.

One great thing about this office is the colorful walls which create a beautiful backdrop for my art. I was very happy to be selected to provide art for their buildings. ¬†All in all they acquired over 40 pieces for their two buildings including some custom pieces including this one titled, “Light Up The Night”. This colorful view of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline at dusk was created for their main lobby. It was printed on metal and is 5 feet wide! The painting looks stunning printed on metal and creates a more modern look while not requiring framing.

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Light Up The Night – Acrylic on Paper

You can find more of my city paintings that are available on canvas, metal, acrylic or on archival paper at FineArtAmerica.com

Just to give you a taste of how it turned out here is a collage with photos from the office along with the happy customer!

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If you’d like art for your home or office, feel free to contact me! www.athenamantle.com

– Athena

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Vintage Cars

I’m not sure why but I seem to have an obsession with vintage cars. ¬†I guess they are more interesting than your average modern car. ¬†They have interesting shapes and colors. ¬†I would love to have one but fear I wouldn’t like the lack of modern niceties that come with cars these days like um….power¬†steering, seat belts, power windows, oh and my favorite feature, power locks. My favorite thing about my Prius isn’t the gas mileage, but that is nice I admit, its the keyless entry. ¬†I hate searching in my purse for keys! ¬†I love that my car knows I’m there and unlocks the door for me! ¬†But you don’t want to know how lazy I am so let me tell you about my vintage truck paintings.

Somehow I am always finding cool vintage cars in my travels. ¬†I think its one of those things that when you like something you see it all around. ¬†I’ve managed to get some great shots of these cars and make paintings of them. ¬†I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. ¬†There is one location in Lyons, Colorado that I took several shots of and ended up making 3 paintings from. ¬†I’m not sure if I can squeeze out one more but it was just such a great subject! ¬†That blue truck made it into all three! Here they are in the order they were painted:

Here are some more of my vintage finds…

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Nature and the South Pasadena Art Crawl

Its taken some time to get the photos out of Mike Owen’s camera from October’s art shows but I’ve done it and I thought I’d share them with you here.

Nature: Linus Gallery followed by SOPA Studios in the South Pasadena Art Crawl

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Two Shows…One Night!

Small Wonders at Towns Burr Gallery

I will be starting out the evening in Burbank at Towns Burr Gallery for the Small Wonders group show which features ninety-one small works of art from fifty-three artists. The artist’s reception is next Saturday the 10th of September from 5 – 8pm. And because I have a second show opening the same night, I will be at Towns Burr Gallery from approximately 5 – 6:45pm. If you miss the opening night, the work will be on display through September 30th. www.townsburrgallery.com The Curve at Commerce

Artist’s Reception:
Saturday,September 10
5-8pm
TownsBurr Gallery 3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Free parking in rear of building off Cordova St.
Show runs through September 30th Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11-5 Sat 10-5

Westscape at Untitled Art Projects

I will be ending the evening at Untitled Art Projects, a new gallery near downtown Los Angeles.  This a smaller group show featuring work from nine artists with the focus on artwork that is rooted in California influence and of course, we are all L.A. artists. This title encompasses what is really a broad range of work. Westscape is also a play on the word escape as many of the images evoke travel or wide open spaces. I will be at this gallery from 7:15ish to 9pm. www.untitledartprojects.com

Oro Vista Artist’s Reception:
Saturday, September 10
6-9pm 
Untitled Art Projects
3309 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Show runs through October 4th I hope you can join me at one or both of the shows and make it a night of art!!

 

 

Art for Charity

Good Shepherd Design ProjectAs you may remember I donated a painting to the Good Shepherd Women’s Center Design Project. ¬†Designer Mollie Ranize of Dmar Interiors selected my painting “New Blue Agave” for her room and she did a fabulous job creating a beautiful room that we’d all be proud to call our own.¬†She created the room using all donated items, impressive if you ask me! Her goal was to create an escape in a Modern Beach Retreat. She made a really cool video of the room transformation and put it up on YouTube, I’ve included a link below for you to check out. ¬†Video Tour

Join me for Tea

Margaret Danielak, the Curator of “A Touch of Gold”, has put together some great events at the exhibit.
I’ll be joining her for tea on September 17th. The club puts on a delicious afternoon tea so I’d love to have all you ladies join me!

‚ÄúA TOUCH OF GOLD‚ÄĚ EVENTS LISTING

Art-related events at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena¬†at the historic Blinn House Estate¬†160 N. Oakland Avenue (Free parking behind club off Madison Ave)¬†Pasadena, CA¬† 91101 (Phone:¬† 626-796-0560)
Saturday, September 17 ‚Äď ART TEA NETWORKING EVENT FOR WOMEN¬†1 pm to 5 pm¬† ($25.00)
Saturday, Oct. 15 ‚ÄstART COLLECTING 101 WORKSHOP
Conducted by Curator Margaret Danielak and Artist Julie Snyder 10 am to 1 pm for Workshop, 1 pm to 2 pm for Lunch ($60/person plus $30 for lunch)
THE CLUB IS OPEN FOR ART VIEWING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 am to 4 pm
(Please sign into our guest book!)
CURATOR HOURS:  Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm Art Chat with Margaret Danielak

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Just Plein Painting It!

It has been my goal to get out there and paint the world in real life – not using photos. So, this past week I did just that. I thought I’d take a moment to share with you what I did.

I started last week inside a friends house with some lovely Iceberg roses that caught my eye. ¬†I decided I’d try making a pastel sketch and then do a painting for each subject.

These were both painted “al a prima” or in one sitting. ¬†I am not sure if it’s just the rectangular orientation of the pastel or what but I prefer the pastel on this subject. How about ¬†you?

The next day I was able to capture a succulent with pastels in my friend’s backyard. This was fun because all the other succulents I’ve painted have been from photos.

“Iceberg Roses” and ¬†“Propagation” are available in my Esty shop.

Stay tuned for more plein air painting and I’d love to get your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment!

Happy painting!

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5 Essential Copyright Resources For Artists

5 Essential Copyright resources for artists http://ow.ly/3Unan

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