An Extra-Ordinary Street
The Lake Avenue street median in Pasadena has been catching my attention ever since they landscaped it with some really unusual curly agave and a large variety of other agave and succulents. I secretly scheme in my mind ways to go steal pups from the plants in the middle of the night. It’s become a joke between my husband and I because every time we drive down that street I point them out as if he had never seen them before. He turned it around on me and started pointing them out to me, “Hey, did you see THOSE?” he’d say. It gave me a good chuckle. The truth is I could sit on that street and stare at the plants for days and be perfectly happy. I find something new to admire each time I pass by, they are just mesmerizing!
I had my camera with me one day and took some photos. For some reason I didn’t paint them right away as you might expect. Maybe I had too much built up in my mind about what great agave paintings they would make or maybe I just hadn’t formulated how the heck I was going to pull it off. Who knows my motivations…certainly not me! I didn’t photograph my favorite curly agave because the late afternoon light was blocked by the office buildings. Oh darn, I’ll just have to go back and look at them some more. But these beauties caught my eye so I snapped a few shots. I started the drawings for these weeks ago and today I went for it with the paint! I am doing a diptych (or a series of two) so I painted them simultaneously.
Here are some in progress photos…
I’d love to know what you think.
Inspiration comes from unexpected places. I received an email from an old friend who recently found out I was painting full-time and was focusing on desert plants. The email contained photos of some plants he came across while he was out and about. He thought of me when he saw them and took the time to take photos and send them to me, how thoughtful is that?! Awesome guy! Thanks Steve you’re the best!
Last month I was looking thorough my many photos to find some inspiration and I came across his. I had also been thinking of experimenting with working on paper. Paper and plants…what could be more green? The result is something I’m quite fond of…I hope you like it too.
It’s hard to believe that it is already that time of year again! ‘Tis the season of gift giving and this year you can give those special people in your life something that they will treasure….art!
Why art? A beautiful painting hanging on the wall will be a constant reminder of how much you care, long after other gifts have been used up or forgotten. This art is beautiful, unique and can not be found at Target!
My paintings are now available as high quality fine art prints through Fine Art America. Sold in a variety of sizes as stretched canvas prints or custom framed with thousands of mat and frame combinations. Click on the link and order yours today!
As a thank you for your support I’m offering a 25% discount on my prints. Use discount code: FKTDRX at checkout. Offer is valid through December 31st.
Original paintings are available at www.athenamantle.com or at Modest Fly Art Gallery 7576 Foothill Blvd. Tujunga, CA www.modestflyartgallery.com. Desert Jewels will be on display through December 20th.
Great Stocking Stuffer!
I am offering a desk calendar with the Desert Jewels painting series for $10. If you are interested in purchasing one of these send me a message through my website. Or you might also like succulent canvas prints available through Fine Art America!
Thanks to all those who came out to the opening reception of Desert Jewels. I invited my good friend Karen Meinhart to join me at the show and display her gorgeous succulent container gardens.
Click on the link below to get a glimpse of the show.
Athena Mantle in the news…
Join me at my next exhibition at Modest Fly Art Gallery on Novermber 19th.
Last weekend I exhibited my paintings with SOPA Studios which was held in conjunction with the South Pasadena Art Walk. I had 9 paintings in the show including 3 new streetscapes of South Pasadena. I sold my painting called Young Agave to a collector who’s wife just had to have the painting.
It was a busy night with a steady flow of people coming from the art walk. Thanks to all my friends who came out to support me and a special thanks to Lisa Marsh for putting together such a great group at SOPA Studios.
I’ve expanded my Agave Series to include some succulents…specifically some echeveria species. All paintings are available for sale on my website: www.athenamantle.com
In my latest painting titled “Coming Through” I was challenged by the subtlety of the tonal changes. I have enjoyed doing this series as it allowed me to play with the extreme slightness of tonal change and color. I’ve found that using dry brush techniques has achieved interesting effects in my agave series.
Check out more of my desert paintings on FineArtAmerica.com.
More new work in my agave series that can be found on FineArtAmerica.
Check out more of my plant paintings on FineArtAmerica.com.