Here is a tired me after painting lots of singing flowers!
An artist email pen-pal of sorts with whom I used to exchange images and discussion mentioned oils to me a few weeks ago after looking at one of my limited palette pieces. She is also self-taught, but does more outsider-art style work with greater crowdfunding/museum successes and a better editorial eye, and is also from another area of the country- I think I have spoken before about valuing my networks that may offer up views that are different than my typical neck of the woods. I had learned a little with oils from another wonderful artist (with whom I reconnected recently via OVAC- Christopher Owens- check out his work here) but never really followed through with them. But I do have lots of oil paint, turps, and mediums just sitting around the studio that have been given to me as gifts. (plein-air group anyone?) So Friday I started up with oils again. I have been working on a Persephone piece in acrylic washes over graphite that was just not wow-ing me so I added layers of oil on top. That made a big change! The colors brighter, the lines smoother! I looked at the paintings of the acrylic layers (which I was sure were not "finished" but I did not know where to go yet) and the after with the oil...and yes...richer they were.
|Persephone Hungers 16x20 ©2012 amanda christine shelton|
The black lines remind me of graphic novels, one of my big inspirations in all things creative. Some of my favorite artists make art for comic books!
|estella and archimedes (work in progress in oil) 2012 amanda christine shelton|
Both of these oil/mixed works will be available as prints in my Redbubble store in the next few weeks. In the meantime, take a peek over there and see what I have! Matted prints are around $30 on most pieces, and these are all of my lovely ladies! If you have been following the murals, I will be doing a blog post on them soon but you can see process shots as I finish different sections and upload them from my camera on my Facebook page. What a great week this will be!