Thursday, January 1, 2015

New painting/first painting of 2015- "Hyacinthus"

The first painting for 2015 I have painted for Brass Bell's 4th Anniversary Show coming up January 3rd and 4th, this weekend here in Oklahoma City.

Hyacinthus
by Amanda Shelton
acrylic and gold leaf on approx 12" tall bell-shaped panel


Hyacinth in Greek mythology was a lover of Apollo and opponent of Zephyr, the West Wind... he was also beautiful and that was a cause for contention between them, and according to literary myth, Zephyr killed Hyacinth. But, Apollo made the hyacinth flowers from his spilled blood in the legend.

Hyancinthiodes are the bluebell genus, and for my interpretation of the bell theme I have incorporated floral and mythological elements into the piece.

For more information on the show - link to Facebook event for the show 

For more artwork- amandachristineshelton.com 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 A-Go-Go.

It's been a pretty great year. I feel like dancing. oh yeah.



I am really grateful for everything... family and friends who have supported me, the opportunities and those behind them who have given me a chance, and the new people I have met along the way and the lessons I have learned (or relearned in hopes they will finally stick!) A lot of things happened on the home front that, well, let's just say this time around 2012 or 2011 I was moaning and groaning "I will never be able to do that"... "that will never happen"...and I am not exactly talking about art-related successes or achievements... just the little things that seemed so out of reach... stuff that may not matter to anyone else but when you are feeling really emotionally vulnerable, it feels like a gi-normous white whale laughing at your ego. Anyway... back to a more forward focus!

Next year I have art shows! yay!!  I put them over in the side panel and I am going to mention them in this post too... yeah.

Coming up THIS WEEK... as in THIS Saturday and Sunday... Brass Bell Studios on Villa and 33rd is having it's 4th Anniversary group show! They have done bicycle themed art in the past and this year the theme is BELLS! There are actual painted bells and panel cutout bell shapes that have been given to artists to customize and more - come out and check out the many many bells for ringing in the New Year!



In February Pancakes and Booze will be back at the Farmer's Market and I have a spot reserved to show with them again. Lots of artist do live painting at this show and you can (of course) get all-you-can-eat pancakes.

In May I have a solo show with Brass Bell as their First Sunday featured artist- I am making all new work for this show!!

In June I will have work on display at Picasso's Cafe in the Paseo Arts District.

In August I am booked to have works in Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk at D.M. Wealth Management in Downtown Norman, OK.


Stay tuned to the blog for more posts throughout the year, and you can follow my social media pages (listed on the sidebar) for more images of works in progress and updates! Thanks again everyone -looking forward to a great year!









Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nutcracker Paintings

We collect nutcrackers.
This started accidentally, as when I met my husband they were something he and his brother received as Christmas gifts every year. My husband does not have his entire collection in the house and from where I sit, I count 15 on display.

So I made some nutcracker paintings. These are based on nutcrackers we have in our collection. one of them is in the photo below where the paintings are sitting in front of a few of them.



Nutcracker #1/nutcracker king
by Amanda Shelton
8x10 acrylic on canvas | 2014

Nutcracker #1/nutcracker soldier
by Amanda Shelton
8x10 acrylic on canvas | 2014


some of our real nutcrackers inspired these paintings. 

The colors in these are as such they would work in year round settings, like nurseries or kids' rooms, or wherever you want to bring in this tradition. To inquire on these paintings please use the contact form on my website or send an email. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Art Shows and Events

It's 2 weeks into November.... and I have yet to post my November events- so HERE THEY ARE!!

I have work at the Mabee-Gerror Museum of Art (in Shawnee, OK) in their 2014 Regional Exhibit- "From Authors to Artists" which runs until the end of the month. This event supports literacy in the region and they are waiving admission for anyone bringing in a book donation. My mixed media art piece includes pages from Robert Heinlein's work.




Also tonight (11/13/2014)- you can play X Marks the Art again in OKC to win a huge stash of art made by local Oklahoma artisans--- if you are seeing this post and it is still Thursday the 13th...
GO NOW! and check them out on Facebook and Twitter to get in on the fun and free art! This is a double-prize of art and extra big this time because there are extra treats rolled over from the Halloween art treasure hunt-- bonus!!


So ...Where did the time go?

Mostly I have been hiding in my studio working on sketches and preliminary stages art for 2015 shows.  (spoiler alert- there are shifts, changes, and I am trying to push myself a lot-- is there such a thing as happy frustration?) Also I am trying to finish out as much as I can in my online shops for holiday buyers needing last-minute gifts. I am so very grateful for my international sales over the summer to Canada and the UK!! you folks have made my year and helped me learn so much about international selling and shipping- thank you for your business and patronage!!

Here's another thing about November...

It's Epilepsy Awareness Month. 
One of the many things people find out about me sooner or later is I am epileptic.
The full-blown "floppin' around on the ground" (as Royal Tenenbaum would say) sort of seizures.
*These are called tonic-clonic seizures now-a-days.  Sometimes I also get auras and absence seizures but not as often (and people just think I am not paying attention or staring off into space... it is sort of awkward in some situations).

"Aura"
by Amanda Shelton
Oil on canvas | 2013-2014
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Why is this a thing that matters to me?

-Because I have lost jobs over it without ever having a seizure at work.
(mine are well controlled with medication, but sometimes I still have them)
-Because I have had to take medication that used to cost me $500 a month before the ACA passed, not even going to get into the fact I live in a state that wants to repeal it and has rejected funding to help further healthcare efforts (crap I did go there...I even use regular insurance, just thankfully it does not cost $2K a month because of my "pre-existing condition")
-Because a large population around me still believes that, if I have a seizure, I might be possessed by a demon (wtf?), just having a "fit" because I have a drug problem (false), diabetes (false), or thinks they need to shove a germ-covered object in my mouth to keep me from swallowing my tongue (impossible for this to actually happen).
-Because there is a stigma around people with seizures- see above where people are believed to be possessed by demons. There are connections between epilepsy and emotional disorders usually connected to simply coping. (Making art is wonderful therapy for this.)

So I am pretty sure awareness is needed.

When I made *myself* more aware of my condition, I learned about heroes who saved people during their seizures. I learned about Wesley Autrey, a man who jumped on subway tracks in New York when someone started having a seizure and fell off the platform. The train was coming and he was able to lay flat between the rails and the train as it passed over them.This is a TRUE STORY. 

 I guess my point is...I am not stating that awareness is just for everyone else.
In a way, when I type or say out loud something I learn, it helps me to learn too... how can I be better at what I am doing? How can I improve and be the best version of myself? I don't want my seizures to be a crutch... I want to be able to have a calmness for when they are not around. and that makes me feel like there will be less of them anyway... (sorry for rambling... but yeah... it's a blog and we are honest over here!)

I have made art about epilepsy and my issues with it a few times. I will post a few pieces in the next few days. The elements in them vary as they are created at various points within my timeline.
Awareness months typically are assigned colors also; I learned epilepsy has purple, so I painted a forest with a pathway of steps in purples last month, it is available in my Etsy shop.

Forest Pathway
by Amanda Shelton
8x10 acrylic on canvas | 2014
available HERE

For more information on how to treat someone having a seizure, 

For more information on my works for sale or contacting me about work, check out

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Mini paintings

Here are some new mini paintings in ink and gouache for October (or "Inktober")...they are all on paper I have 300 gsm Fabriano paper I have stained with tea (check out the tutorial HERE) and are under 6 inches wide. Ink is used for gray and washes and outline embellishments over gouache color splashes.


"Buckskin Unicorn"

"the blues"
Forest Mushrooms


Minis are available by email inquiry and they will be in my Etsy shop soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Art Events and News In October

Hi bloggy readers. Writing to you as I try not to drown in a pumpkin spice cookie sugar shock and bright orange mums. Isn't fall great?

...Here are the October art events for Amanda Christine Art.

Rose Red of the Dead and a small Black Widow Painting up for grabs in X Marks the Art tonight!
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Tonight I will have a few ooky-spooky art pieces up for grabs in X Marks the Art - the monthly art treasure hunt happening around Oklahoma City! Follow the clues as they are posted and when you find the red "X" you win a stash of art and gifts from local artistisans!

To get involved and play along follow them on 
Facebook and Twitter. 


If you have been following my sketches from the Tulsa Ballet, I have made some art based on these and one of the paintings is now on display through the month of October at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, along with 30+ artists who were involved in the sketch collaboration. There are even abstract and 3D explorations of the dancers in motion in this exhibit.

Rehearsal in Red
by Amanda Christine Shelton
acrylic on masonite panel(framed), 11x14 inches


The pieces created for the Ballet will be on display at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center at 110 E 2nd St in Downtown Tulsa through November 2nd. All artwork is for sale and a portion of proceeds will go to arts & education programming at Tulsa Ballet. For sales information contact Jessica at Jessica.Novak@Tulsaballet.org.


That's all for October... I have more events coming soon in November in Medicine Park and Shawnee and they are in the sidebar... be sure to follow the blog or find me on social media for details and updates! Also I should add I am taking holiday commissions (orders for large pieces and oil paintings need to be made early that's why they get announced early!) and will be posting more about this soon.

Thanks everyone and have a good week!


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

From the Sketchbook- Rehearsal Sit-in at the Tulsa Ballet



This week the Tulsa Ballet allowed local Oklahoma artists to sit in on and be inspired by rehearsals and sketch the dancers.  Dancers are wonderful models for sketching, as they have athletic bodies and fluidity of movement. Some of the moves and positions are so inspiring and wonderful for image composition as well.  Selections of the art created from artist sketches will be displayed in Tulsa during the month of October.


The sketches progress from quick gestures to more detailed...





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