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Ardent Shadows

Gothic Fantasy paintings by Jemima Mantle

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Ardent Shadows on Instagram

The tip of the #tail was just enough space to add another little #butterfly ♥ #wolf #wolvesinwolves2017 #paintingsculptures #trees #wildlife #nature #publicart #wrd #wp

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

My wolfie’s chin. I hope you’re getting excited for the project launch. They’re going out into the world 8th July (ish) #visitwolverhampton #publicart #wolvesinwolves2017 #wolf #sculpturepainting #wp #wrd

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

Lil hodgeheg at the base of my wolf – finished today! #hedgehog #britishwildlife #publicart #sneakpeek #wolvesinwolves2017 #roots #wp #wrd #linearart #hardworkingartist #iamsotired

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

#snail added to my wolfie today. I thought I’d add a few things around the bottom for interest at a kids eye level 🐌 #linework #publicart #wolvesinwolves #communityart #wolverhampton #colouringbook #wp #wrd

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

Linework just about finished! #wolvesinwolves #publicart #community #wolverhampton #butterfly #britishwildlife #darkart #creepycute #wp #wrd #darkart #sculpturepainting #3Dpainting #wolf

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

Couldn’t resist adding a little caterpillar to my wolfie! Love this lil guy! #wolvesinwolves #creativewton #publicart #caterpillar #britishwildlife #paintinginprogress #wp #wrd

Ardent Shadows on Instagram

My little slice of the #artsfest action thanks to #patternorium and #charlotteclarkdesignermaker ⭐ Honoured to be part of the #macabremakers pop up shop in the #mandercentre this week!!! If your near Wolverhampton make sure you go check it out!! 🌛🌝🌜 #independantartist #darkartistries #darkart #macabreart #smallbusiness #gothicbeauty #wp #wrd

My Wolf for ‘Wolves in Wolves’

As regular visitors of my blog will know, I now have more time to dedicate to my art and I thought a great way to kick off this new start would be to get involved with a community art project. I came across the ‘Wolves in Wolves’ project in Wolverhampton and submitted a design which was successfully selected. I have now been working on my wolf for a couple of weeks and have been adding progress photos documenting this journey. Up until now however I have not shared the design I’m working toward, so without further ado here’s my design for the project:

Wolves in Wolves

Those of you who are familiar with my work will not be surprised that my design is based around trees and wildlife but what you won’t be aware of is that it is also heavily inspired by some of my favourites things about Wolverhampton, including feeding the squirrels in West Park. I find these animals so endearing and just full of character. I knew instantly that my design had to feature some of these furry critters, after all, this project is also public art so I  wanted it to appeal to a young audience. During my childhood in Wolverhampton I not only loved West Park but also adventuring down the Valley Railway, a beautiful nature reserve which even meets with some of the canals. It has always been a tranquil place where you can immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery.

The other influence on my design is my Mindfulness Mondays project. Those of you who were following the project last year will recognise the black and white linear drawing style and understand why I’ve chosen to free paint my Wolf instead of stenciling or drafting out my design. You can catch up on the project here, www.ardentshadows.co.uk/mindfulness , but here’s one of my favourite highlights: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmN5Rp8XIe0)

We have fantastic green spaces in Wolverhampton and I’m really hoping my design will inspire people walking the Wolves trail to venture out into these places and discover the natural beauty that our wildlife offers. With the nod to my Mindfulness Mondays project I’m also hoping to inspire budding artists to get out their pens and pencils and enjoy the sense of relaxation and joy that art can offer.

The Wolf trail will be kicking off at the start of July so make sure you put a trip to Wolverhampton City Center in your diary this Summer!

For more information about the project and watch the continuing progress of my Wolf, sign up to my blog and follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Jackalope now on Redbubble

So I’ve just finished painting my jackalope and have added it to my Redbubble store. This is the second design in my Enchanted Earth collection. Plus today Redbubble are offering a 20% discount! Use code: HERES20

jackalope_ardent-shadows

https://www.redbubble.com/people/ardentshadows/works/26584366-jackalope-skeleton-by-ardent-shadows?asc=u&ref=recent-owner

 

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