.........The latest artwork from Leah's easel .................... www.leahmantini.com..........
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I have three paintings on display at the Classic Center in Athens, GA for the next few months. 'Taormina Vendor', a portrait of an Sicilian street vendor, is in Lyndon House's permanent collection which is on exhibit. Then two other more recent paintings are included in the show as well. I will post images, but go see them in person along with some other wonderful work!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
calligraphy and I painted the flowers in watercolor.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This house portrait of a well-loved Augusta abode was fun but a bit of a challenge with its great width. I incorporated more of the trees and lawn than I might have in another work in order to balance the strong horizontal.
Monday, August 18, 2014
It took until the end of our time together for Samuel and I to find the "magic" needed for this portrait. In the final few photos, it all came together and we had just what we needed for the lighting, relaxed feel and pose. One of my favorites!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Approaching storm, 15in. x 30in., oil
This landscape depicts a summer thunderstorm fast approaching along the Intracoastal waterway in South Carolina. It was such a dramatic sight in person, I aimed to relay that drama in the paint application, scale and color selection for the painting.
Monday, August 11, 2014
This portrait takes the prize for the most adventuresome photo shoot award. Around a lake, over a bridge, climbed down a bank, balanced upon a rickety dock, all for some portrait-perfect photo references of two of the most cooperative and well-mannered young men with whom I've ever worked! Eli, 20in. x 24in., oil on linen
Friday, August 8, 2014
As summer's end so quickly approaches and school bells start to ring again, this carefree scene of children at play on the beach is a memory their parents wanted to hold onto year round. Such a happy painting to do!
Thursday, August 7, 2014
This charming abode is in Charlotte, NC and brought it's proud owners great joy while they lived there. Now in Augusta, it was nice to be able to paint them a remembrance of where they spent their newlywed days. It is 11in. x14in, pen and watercolor.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Spencer, about whom I previously posted, is the precious little guy who knew how to make a photo shoot fun! I was pleased with the simplicity of this head and shoulders and felt it captured him well. Sometimes it takes paring down some of the information, colors, etc. to appreciate the complexity of the actual portrait itself.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Shown above is one of the paintings I exhibited at Anne Irwin Fine Art. 'Hellabores', 11"x14", oil on linen My model is friend and fellow artist, Kym. We were inspired by the gorgeous flowers in her yard and the idea of a still life/portrait fusion.
Friday, August 1, 2014
This little girl has spunk! Had lots of fun chasing her around on a summer afternoon, snapping pictures right and left in preparation for her portrait. Pigtails and a little white dress, does it get any cuter?
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I so enjoyed portraying my dear childhood friend in this bright red coat that just begs to be painted. "Jenny" is a 12"x12" oil. The painting was recently selected by juror, Rose Frantzen, to be in included in the Portrait Society of Atlanta's Summer Exhibition at Roswell Visual Arts Center. The show runs August 22nd - September 26th.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
And we're back!
Though you wouldn't know it from the activity on the blog, this past year has been my busiest in the studio yet. But first off, I have to show off my most special creation as of late, a masterpiece you might say!
Meet Lilla Sanders Mantini
She makes life all the sweeter and gives me incredible joy and inspiration every day.
I'll be regularly posting my other works of art over the next few weeks, so be on the lookout. Excited for more adventures in art with my new little lover of the arts by my side.
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