Ardent Shadows

Gothic Fantasy paintings by Jemima Mantle



The Final Reveal


This painting has been a long journey. I started with just a vague idea that centered around a gas-mask with mouse ears and started painting with just a drawing of the figure. The colour scheme also grew from experimentation. Looking back I think it would have been much quicker if I had started with a finished design however I know that the finished product would have been very different. As it is, I think I’ve created a strong painting which is packed full of lovely little details.

Over the last months of hard work I’ve discussed a lot of issues around this painting and I’ve learned a lot through the process. If you love this piece and want to know more about it’s creation and concept I invite you to look back over the last previous Sundays. I think there might be a few little tweaks left to make, but overall I think I can finally call this piece finished. I’d love to hear what you think about it.I feel that there is an untold story here which makes the piece as intriguing as it is unique.

Progress Continues with my new Painting

After long hours taking care of subtle changes and tweaks, this week’s progress shows the addition of the cats facial features and continued progress on the mask. Whist I am still not getting into the final details, I am now beginning to give the characters more form and starting to make a difference to the story I’m telling.

I really like sharing the photos of this raw early stage. I think it’s very telling of the journey I have taken as an artist and hopefully¬† others will take it as encouragement that this is how the most realistic of paintings start. It is only as a mature artist that I can see this as a starting point and will be able to take this forward adding further detail and all those little features our beloved pets have. This is just one of several stages the cat will go through in its journey toward completion.


Custom Print – Ardent Shadows giclee print to fit 11 x 14 frame

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Promise by Ardent Shadows, giclee print to fir 11 x 14 inch frame. Print to order.

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Passion – iPhone 4 hard case by Ardent Shadows

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Once the Sun’s Gone Down – iPhone 4 hard case by Ardent Shadows

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Persuasion – giclee print with charcoal mount to fit 11 x 14 frame by Ardent Shadows

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Ardent Shadows giclee print with black mount to fit 11 x 14 frame

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Invoking Winter – giclee print with white mount to fit 11 x 14 frame

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