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.
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More new work in my agave series that can be found on FineArtAmerica.
Check out more of my plant paintings on FineArtAmerica.com.
As I obsess over agave plants, I take a turn in a new direction playing with more vibrant colors and details. See my newest finished piece…
On the advice of my good friend and painter Kelly Reemtsen, I have been painting like crazy! I just completed 7 paintings of my new series of desert plants. Here is a look at what I’ve got in the works… much more to come.
Today I completed a painting from a photo taken in my garden. I started the painting a few months ago before I moved. I just got my painting studio set up at the new house and finally got back to it this morning. It’s hard not to be inspired when you are working from the tree tops with a view… so serene.
Painting succulents presents an interesting challenge in color and tone. So many rich colors and reflected light that make them so beautiful but not so easy to communicate on canvas. This is the first of many to come with similar subject matter. I’ve had a fascination with succulents over the last few years…I see them, I want them, I stop to admire them, I plant them, I grow them, I trade their little pups with friends, I study their shapes and colors ….I love them so much I want to eat them! Not really, I just can’t get enough of them! I absolutely love them in a garden and when I was trying to come up with what to paint, it just felt right to use them as my subject. While I’m planning on painting them in oil, I also want to experiment with some pastel as well. I hope you enjoy it!