Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Art and Mushrooms.

The Secret Language of Flowers and studies in floriography will sometimes include mushrooms, symbolizing suspicion or even solitude...  but I have never met a mushroom I did not like. Most of the edible ones I enjoy, including the wild varieties and the poisonous fungi and lichen still have a charm and aesthetic quality that has always been attractive-probably the bright color and presence in pop culture over several decades. One online commenter in another group of fungi lovers posited a collective consciousness of mushroom memory images giving rise to a new trend in contemporary images using fungi shapes. 

Since I have been back to my morel hunting I have been painting mushrooms again, and have some available for sale in original art and prints. 

Springtime Morels by Amanda Christine Shelton
8x10 inches, oil
available in my shop here

Morels and Ladybugs by Amanda Christine Shelton
 acrylic on canvas, Sold.
A spring fairy-type painting was also complete recently in oil... something a little brighter for me with   a different type of composition.
Bloom by Amanda Christine Shelton
8x10 oil on canvas
 available in my shop here

I've also started a larger "mushroom girl" oil painting, in a forest scene with some birch trees and stuff on a larger canvas... and here are some process shots... I have been adding to her slowly and posting pics over on my Instagram account but I do not think she will be finished until after the studio move...

Oh ya.... speaking of studio move... we are looking at purchasing our very first house! Hooray and happy dances and no more renting!! I have been spending a lot of time in this studio in this building that is wedged between developing districts of art and entrepreneurship and some days I have felt like a nervous cat... so nervous that I have jumped on pretty much any opportunity that came along that seemed like it suited me, without even considering if it would make me happy in the long run or even if it was a step forward in my career as an artist... and when I jumped on these all-too-quick decisions suddenly others involved started making decisions for me, removing my agency as a businesswoman and a professional and a human just trying to get by and do my thing in the world with other humans.
One could attribute this to being around so much aspirational energy but who knows, I really do think I could just be a sucker for charismatic startup pitches and anyone who name-drops anyone I barely know. It'll pass.  In the meantime there is a lovely Arts Festival to attend this week and that is where I think we will be!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Upcoming Events: April

Hi bloggyverse!

Here is the scoop on what is going on with me and art and stuff for April.

On April 11 during Norman, Oklahoma's 2nd Friday Circuit of Art I will have art at the Ringa Singa event Art Auction benefitting Rose Rock School. Rose Rock is a play-based, Waldorf-style school focusing on kindergarten/early years and fostering cognitive development and they use a sliding scale so families of all income levels can afford to send their kids there. I am really happy to support what they are doing -the teachers that held my interest in math, science, history, and technology in later years were the ones who kept it fun and thought out-of-the-box.

Ringa Singa 2014

On April 12th I will be participating in Arts Trek in Shawnee at the Mabee Gerrer Art Museum, as part of Broadway Arts Gallery's booth. We will have art for sale and also be demonstrating our work. You can find us in the indoor section of booths at the Trek.

 Stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Oil Painting: "Silver"

In my studio I have been working on faces more. I love faces but with oils I tend to start them out differently than other artists and I am trying to work more traditionally darker to lighter in layers.
8x10 inches
by Amanda Christine Shelton
 oil on canvas
The title is based on women and people I have known in my life who had given names or changed their name to share it with an element or a precious metal. The most common of these was Silver and it was identified as a given name each time I met a "Silver." Names are indeed interesting; I wanted to name my imagined portrait here but still inform my goal in the study.

Painting with acrylics you work with the values differently, so it's almost like brushing your teeth with your off hand to switch from oils to acrylics often... but I have learned I favor acrylics for faster paintings and textured layers.

This piece has a textured layer of acrylic underneath the oil layers of the face to add mood to the values I tried to push in it. below is a detailed shot from middle of painting progress where you can see the textured layers well.

"Silver" - progress shot, detail
Just a reminder this is the last week of my March Art Sale- prices will return to marked (or increase when reframed) after April 1st.  You can see the original paintings available at a special savings HERE. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Painting: Metamorphosis (nsfw)

by Amanda Christine Shelton
20x20 inches oil on canvas
2014 \ inquiries to email

"Metamorphosis" is another figurative piece completed recently, with a woman in a bubble and cicada-esque wings forming from her back. I have been following NASA on Instagram and many of their photos have inspired me to incorporate more stars and cosmos -type imagery into my darker backgrounds... we really need to get out and watch a meteor shower soon.

She is not the first being in a water drop or bubble I have painted but she is the most human... and I have enjoyed working the the fantasy elements. Most of the photos I have taken have all turned out a little light and I am still working to get a perfect color match to the original- this is truly one to see in person.

**Also a reminder I am having a special sale through the end of March on select paintings, you can view them here. 

For more figurative works and art, please visit my website.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Painting: High Maintenance (nsfw)

High Maintenance
by Amanda Christine Shelton
24x36 inches oil on canvas
2014, interested parties inquire by email

Imagine a world (really this already exists) where one could have anything they desired, fit to their specifications, custom-made for them...  anything. Fresh off the assembly line. 
What happens when your desires and aesthetics change? What do you do with the things that have become obsolete in your life? Will these things ever be "loved" again?

High Maintenance is a glimpse at being thrown away, tossed aside. 

personal story: I had the same un-smart cell phone for 7 years before upgrading. The one that looked like a Blackberry but wasn't, so everyone just assumed I had a Blackberry until they looked a little closer. I kept getting those letters about how it was just going to quit working one day but it never did... it was fine until the day I changed phones. It did fall into all its pieces if dropped, however. We also still have 2 VCRs... yeah I know.

If you are interested in some of the progress pics of High Maintenance, they are in a blog post here.

**Also a reminder I am having a special sale through the end of March on select paintings, you can view them here. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Art Sale

For the month of March I am having a sale.

I don't really do sales very often. There are reasons for this- mostly because I have tried in the past and it has been difficult for me to bother with them (I dislike sending specific-advertisements to friends and family but it's part of what I have to do to keep everyone updated!) and, consumers who are interested in buying something will generally wait for something to possibly "go on sale" when I may never put some of my paintings on sale, so I don't want to start the pattern...
Also... It is not always fair to my collectors who have paid full prices on art, so when I do a sale I try to approach anyone who has expressed interest in the pieces earlier, or has collected my work in the past, before making a big ordeal of everything.  Then again, a bunch of people saying "i wish i could afford this" on my social media may not be actually wanting to ever own my art, they may just be saying "i wish i wasn't broke today"... or something. I can't paint anything that is legal tender...drat.

But needless to say... I have a few paintings that have fallen under the radar of exhibits, and a few pieces left from certain specific series that are looking for homes and I have reduced the prices for the month of March, to make way for some newer and BIGGER pieces (and a nice stash of mini ones too!)
 I also offer interest-free layaway (sale prices will still apply with down payment by 3/31) and I will answer any questions on that by email. 

The full album can be viewed at my Facebook page here- March Art Sale  (note: album may be deleted after April 1)

and a few pieces are shown below. I can deliver or arrange pickup locally or or ship to you. so far sale prices range $15 - $210 so there is definitely something for ANY budget :)

snow leopard \ 11x11 inches acrylic ink and tea on paper \ $35 + shipping     
Lioness \  16x 20 inches acrylic and pearlescent powders on stretched canvas \ $210
After the Party \ 11x14 acrylic on canvas \ $85
There are more pieces to be viewed over in the full album!
The full album of sale artworks: March Art Sale


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Painting in Progress: (untitled science fiction nude)

*the photos/art in this post may be considered NSFW for some - i need to start disclaiming that on my nude art... meh... 

Below are progress shots of a large figurative painting in my studio that has been taking up a great deal of my time the last few days.  One of my social media/online art group connections photographs lovely ladies and has granted permission for a figurative reference for this piece and I am grateful for this perfect pose for what I am trying to execute. The face and other elements are rendered more stylistically.
If I can finish her in time I may submit to a juried show or other exhibition opportunity in my area.

sketchy underdrawing....

the eyes are bigggg, and the hair is getting articulated, or maybe like wiring or fiber optic cabling...
my hubby was nice enough to snap a pic of me working!! two easels going at once...that other one is taking forever lol.

I can't wait to share the completed piece with you...  :)