Ardent Shadows

Gothic Fantasy paintings by Jemima Mantle



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



New Design on

4B_ardent-shadows.jpgHere’s another design taken from one of my Mindfulness Mondays. What I really like here is that you can pick the t-shirt in any colour and the stars will match.

Mindfulness Monday #26 – YouTube Video

This week is a rather special one as this is the first time-lapse mindfulness drawing I’ve done and I’m so pleased with it! It could have been twice as long as when the video plays slower you can really see the heart of the process; all the little pauses where I’m deciding where to place the next line and there’s something so satisfying about watching the long flowing lines take shape. In these moments you really connect with the pressure of your hand on the pen as it slides over the paper.

Together with the totally gorgeous music of Rue Sibelius by Tom Vedvik and Martin Tillman, I hope that this video brings some peace and happiness into your day. Please comment, share and give it a ‘thumbs-up’ for me!

There’s so much I could say about this video I think I could have almost done a commentary track but I’ll start with what I think everyone should know.

This drawing is entirely free hand and unplanned – as are all of my mindfulness drawings. Other than knowing I was starting with a skull, I honestly had no idea where this week’s drawing would take me. I’ve watched a few ‘doodling’ videos on YouTube where you can see that the artist has drawn out a design first in pencil. To me this is totally against the purpose of the activity. You should be able to get lost in it and I believe it should develop in an almost ethereal way. Until I finished the skull I hadn’t decided on acorns and oak leaves and until I had done that I had no idea I was going to include a hare skull. I think you can see the unplanned nature of this drawing best in the acorns. At first I drew them quite loosely and gradually added to them, thickening some lines and adding pattern and texture later on. When I decide to add some additional acorns later on you can see that I draw them from start to finish in one go. This is possible because the decision making process had been done earlier in the drawing.

Anyone who’s bought my colouring book will have seen the large skull I did for the cover. I loved doing it so much I just had to have another crack at another large skull. I love this!!!! I’m so pleased I started this project.


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Shelter – giclee print with black mount Birdcage corset Limited Edition

by ArdentShadows (70.00 GBP)

Custom Spells – giclee print with black mount Limited Edition Ardent Shadows

by ArdentShadows (50.00 GBP)

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