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).

by Amanda Shelton
Oil on canvas | 2013-2014
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!

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

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...

To follow more sketch pieces like this: @sheltonamandachristine on Instagram

Friday, September 19, 2014

Recently Completed Art- "Symbionts"

by Amanda Christine Shelton
16x20 inches oil on stretched canvas
Before we moved I started painting a lady of the forest who had a harmonious relationship with several variety of fungi... to the extent she had them growing on her... After getting moved into our new house I was able to drag out my oil paints and get some pieces finished including the mushroom lady.

"Symbionts" is currently available. inquire by email or contact form on my website.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fair Season.

It's Fair season!

Here are some photos from the very first day of the Great State Fair of Oklahoma!

Last year we went by this small tent that was set up by an Italian circus and we caught their first performance of the fair (since we went on the first day) and it was lots of fun :) They don't use large or exotic animals like some other circuses (just a couple of horses and a few cute doggies) and it's more of a clown/juggling/acrobat centered performance... it also did not cost anything additional on top of regular fair admission.


I keep my photographs on a separate section of my website at  


you can follow my Facebook page- AC Shelton Photography -for daily photo posts which inform and inspire my paintings. 

To learn more about the circus we saw: ZoppĂ© Italian Family Circus - - if you are visiting the Oklahoma State Fair, you can find them on the map and the schedule for daytime and early evening shows.