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...  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Images and Goodies from Recent Art Shows!

Hey friends and lookers and lurkers!

I hope everyone who is local enjoyed our recent snow day and everyone in my immediate city made it to vote today.

I have spent a lot of time painting on a new larger oil painting and finishing up some smaller pieces, and over the weekend I launched a limited time *sale* on unframed art works over on my
 Facebook Page. I don't do special or discount sales very often (I like to keep my prices as low as materials/overhead will allow and i don't really like making people just wait until another sale to get something at the best i can offer) but we will be moving within the year and some of my collectors do like to frame pieces on their own, so I am giving a special savings for these unframed pieces.

And,  since this is a special thing, I have already thrown in some non-canvas things like wood panel paintings... I can split up payments before shipping your artwork if this is something that you need to help purchase a piece (just email or contact me on the page)

You can check it out for updates and to purchase as soon as they are posted, and I will also be posting a comprehensive list here in a few days.

Here are some pics from the recent art shows and weekend.

the pianist was playing music from Spirited Away when we walked in...

My piece Spore Ceremony (mixed media, 2014) on the wall. 
My piece Spore Ceremony takes a lot ofinspiration from the "toxic jungle" of 'Nausicaa Valley of the Wind' and the shrines in Spirited Awayand prevalent in Japanese culture/mythology.  In Nausicaa, the "toxic jungle" was full of fungi that released spores into the atmosphere but... also made clean water... so toxic was a misnomer. The narrative of fungi as pollution control is also something that is not entirely fictional, and that aspect appealed to me. For a blog post on this piece, check out this link.

Hey here's some people looking at my piece! Many of the pieces in this show were
2-dimensional... mine has some sculpted fungi and built up imasto elements all preserved under
clear acrylic. It is a hanging hybrid of sculpture and painting.... sort of ;)

At Get Your Geek On: Celebrating Art in Anime, Comic Books, and Video Games, we caught the last part of the opening reception and the music was amazing. I love hearing the scores from the Studio Ghibli movies on keyboards/pianos... and they had an interactive part of the exhibit and some great examples of fantasy illustration as they apply to gaming and comic art industries being projected on the wall... There are many illustrators in fantasy, comics and games from our state- even horror novelists- but they do not always socialize in the same fine art circles and "scenes" so they don't have the name recognition but you will definitely notice them if you see their work or spot them at a fair or convention!

Friday night we had the great fate of checking out the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie for the opening night of The Miracle Worker.  I have my art in the lobby over there and am so grateful we had a chance to see the play as well, my mother and husband were in attendance and mom and I love live theatre in all its forms... and... my husband had NEVER seen a professional or community theatre performance before... only school related stuff!

If you don't go to Guthrie often, it was the Territorial/orginal State Capitol... and in you can learn about all this here... They also have a great little district of historical architecture filled with shopping and attractions that are an expression of the people who live here - be sure and check out the art businesses! In the photo below you can see some downstairs entrances... those go to a steakhouse (turn around if you were standing in the photo and you would see an upstairs venue entrance on the other side of the street... so many places to go!)

We ate at this great BBQ place called the Boneyard... it was very busy but we mentioned we had theatre tickets across they street and they said "just don't order a well done steak!" and we had tipped our waitress and were getting our programs in plenty of time!

Historic Downtown Guthrie. sorry for the grain- this is from my phone!
Now I had seen The Miracle Worker as a film before, and done scenes of it in school drama classes, but as soon as I saw the two-tiered vertical set when I showed up to install work I knew this would be a good production. They cast had a lot of challenging transitions to make and they were spot-on... and the leads! It is amazing the talent that lurks in the humblest corners of the country, and how wonderful that we have these theaters, galleries, programs, and the support of the Arts Council and sponsors giving our talent a voice for expression.

The Get Your Geek On show will run in the Melton Gallery on the UCO campus in Edmond until March 27, and you can see my paintings displayed at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie until March 15. For more check out my website or for special sale paintings (for a limited time) be sure and visit me on Facebook.