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Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd

aldthewoods

I am a Native American artist and I created this Instagram to help show my work and projects I am working on. Facebook Page | ALDuBoiseTheWoods

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Started some small oil paintings 🖼! I’ll update as I go!  #oilpainting #potawatomi #sacandfox #navajo #tobacco #sage #cedar #sweetgrass #hornedtoad #nativeamerican #nativeamericanartist #archesoilpaper
Yay finished #2#11 drawing for Inktober! My theme is Studio Ghibli movies and favorite characters from the movie. I’ll update soon with more after another 10 of them. Enjoy!  #inktober2018 #inktober #myneighbortotoro #spiritedaway #castleinthesky #studioghibli #pazu #sheeta #totoro #catbus #princessmononoke #penandink
I finished another sketch book today. Here are some of my favorite sketches for the past few months. They were fun to draw and have some practice.  #navajo #sacandfox #potawatomi #sketchbook #sketches #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart #nativeamericanartist
Hello! Yá'át'ééh! Menwikishekiwi!  I trust you all are doing great today despite yesterday mornings ruckus for my fellow Oklahoman's and the tornado warnings and crazy storms we had to deal with in central OK! It was weird to have them come early in the morning, but they did. Had to re-read my phones alert on it being a tornado warning, thought I was dreaming. Also been a while since I just leaped out of bed like that. But I am safe, but some people were affected so keep them in your prayers.  I just finished a 22 x 30 inch oil painting! I call this one "A Nice Day On Navajo Land" and I started this as a live painting in Stillwater, OK. But I ended up taking my time on it like I always seem to do. I may have to do small pieces that can be finished more quickly. I am always being ambitious and then get stuck in completing certain projects, but I always finish it. I been busy with events, helping out the museum, family events, and such. But I am going to start a new piece, and work on some new things. Also try to finish a commission in the next week that I been working on for a client for a while.  I would like to remind people that I have work down in Anadarko, OK at the Southern Plains Indian Museum. They are only opened from Tuesday-Friday from 10am - 4:30pm. Also this piece I have above will be at another show here in Shawnee for the month of November! I'll keep you all informed.  Ketepi, Ahéhee', Migwech!  Amber  Facebook | Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd  #navajo #navajoland #navajoreservation #oilpainting #landscape #oilpaintinglandscape #churrosheep #sheep #desertlandscape #nativeamerican #potawatomi #sacandfox
So I have some favorite photos I took with my camera on my trip to Navajo Land and on our trip home! Enjoy. Some nice interesting clouds back home from my moms stomping grounds.  #navajo #navajoland #nativeamerican #churrosheep #sheep #navajoreservation #potawatomi #sacandfox
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! To all my relations and relatives be proud today that our Native ancestors survived many hardships, and we are here today because of them. Learn the language, even one word today such as “Thank You”. Ahéhee/Navajo Ketepi/Sac and Fox Migwéch/Potawatomi  Learn something from your Native people. And for those non-Native relations and relatives learn something about Native people as well! 👍🏽 #indigenouspeoplesday #happyindigenouspeoplesday #navajo #sacandfox #potawatomi #nativeamerican
We made it to our Navajo home! The weather is cool. And I wore my hair up today in my Navajo bun. And we got fresh mutton! Saw a rainbow and rain by the mountain. Happy to enjoy this day with my family. Always love seeing the scenery and there were some beautiful scenes this evening. Enjoy!
“Soot Sprites” from Studio Ghibli. Inktober 1!  It’s that time of year! Inktober! I am basing my Inktober not on the prompts given, but on another series I really like and that’s Studio Ghibli. Last year for October’s Inktober I did it based on creepy characters from Legend of Zelda my favorite video game series of all time. This year I decided on characters from Studio Ghibli. I love many of their movies but I’m picking from my favorites. I’m also not going to post them everyday as to not take to much focus from my main work. I like doing Inktober because it lets me draw fun things! So I may post after a few days of the ones I completed up to that day. So please enjoy my version of Inktober. I’ll be headed out to Arizona later this week so this will work out for me. I’ll post soon... Amber  #inktober #inktober2018  #penandink #penandinkdrawing #studioghibli #sootsprites #myneighbortotoro #spiritedaway
Thank you dad Larry DuBoise and step-mom Alesia DuBoise for taking me up to the Gilcrease Museum to see the T.C. Cannon Exhibit, and the rest of their amazing artwork exhibit! We all had an awesome time viewing the artwork and enjoying ourselves. Thank you for the food and it was great, and I enjoyed spending it with you both. Love you two! ❤️
Here are some favorite images at the Gilcrease Museum! There was so many more amazing art pieces over in the Native American traditional art and artwork, but we weren’t allowed to take photos of them. I would loved to have shown some of those pieces, but I did take notes and wrote the title and artist name down in the case I needed to look back at their pieces. But here below are some of the other paintings I took photos of in their other collections. So many wonderful pieces of art. Many of these are in their permanent collection so may be up longer than other ones if you wanted to see them. Please enjoy and take some time to go visit the Gilcrease Museum in the future.  #gilcreasemuseum #tulsa #tulsaoklahoma #oilpainting
Went up to Tulsa today with my father and step-mom to the Gilcrease to see the TC Cannon Exhibit. I have been wanting to see more of his work after seeing some of his work at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. He has some beautiful work and I really enjoyed being inspired! He was a wonderful artist, and he created a beautiful amount of work before his tragic accident. I trust he knows he has inspired other Native Artist from his work. I love how big his pieces are! They are huge! I would like to paint something big like his just to try it. It was amazing to see that they had a copy of his sketch journal, because you can see how the mind of an artist works (also I love looking through fellow artist sketch books, it’s like a sneak peek into their mind and soul). It was such a neat thing to see, and I’m happy my dad and step-mom could take me up there and we all could enjoy it. I will make a 2nd post of the other pieces that can be seen at the Gilcrease Museum. They will have Cannon’s work till October 7th being the last day. Google up his name and learn about him and his work. I’m happy I finally got to see the exhibit before its departure. Enjoy!  #tccannon #tccannonexhibit #gilcreasemuseum #tulsaoklahoma #oilpainting #oklahoma
I had a good day of running errands! Went and dropped off some prints to some wonderful people. Got my paperwork in for the CPN’s medical services, and while over there I saw some of my work that is hanging up in the Citizen Potawatomi Nations medical clinic. It was good to see my artwork! So if you go to the CPN clinic you can see them in the optometrist department hallway. Got some shopping done, and then went to the Market on the Meadows Fall 2018 event! I bought a hand made notebook from Sara Brooks for Original Brooks. She has awesome looking handmade books with different papers in the binding. Also bought a small little ceramic bowl and lid from Tony Litherland. They have a lot of different vendors and something for everyone for market on the meadows. There are very neat things there so if you live in and around Shawnee go check out Market on the Meadows! So please go support local businesses and artists. The prices are very affordable I got me some nice pieces! So go see them tomorrow from 9-4p and make sure to bring some cash (there is a 3 dollar entry fee, but this helps keeps the market going!) Good job Ken and Donna for getting this event going!  Donna Massey and Kenneth Massey  @marketonthemeadows @originalbrooks  #marketonthemeadowsfall2018 #marketonthemeadows #shawneeok #market #oklahomaartist #oklahomaart #ceramicartist #tonylitherland #sarabrooks
Just finished getting interviewed by Tyler Wood and his son for a documentary of Oklahoma Artists! This is my 2nd time in front of a camera and it was really fun. It’s going to really awesome to see the finale cut. They also took video of me working on my piece. Also my cat Panther may make it in the finals cut! Ha! They filmed over here in my studio at home.  Thank you RockFreeler Creative and to you Tyler Wood for this opportunity to support my artwork and my Native people I represent in my work. And I think the Star Wars questions are a positive thing! Over all a great experience and I enjoyed it. If there is anything you folks need do let me know! Go over there and like their page.  Thank you so much!  Amber  Facebook Page | Amber L. DuBoise Shepherd  #rockfreeler #nativesmericanart #navajo #sacandfox #prairiebandpotawatomi #potawatomi #oilpainting #interview #oklahomaartist
Yesterday evening I was asked to attend as a guest to the OKlahoma State University’s Hall of Fame Ceremony where many outstanding Alumni are gifted awards and recognized for their great achievements! I brought Josh with me as my guest and we had a wonderful evening celebrating Sonya Terpening one of the art department of OSU alumni’s! She has achieved many different awards over the years from her endeavors in Fine Art. Below are some photos of her receiving her award. She has some original pieces hanging in OSU’s library. Would like to thank Dr. Brienen the OSU’s department head of Art History, Graphic Design, and Fine Art for this invite! I was very inspired and made me want to work even harder in my future endeavors! As a recent Alumni myself it was very encouraging to see another artist succeed way into the future. Sonya and her husband Mark were a delight to be around as well and she gave me plenty of words of encouragement. Please enjoy our photos! Go check out Sonya’s work as well!  PS Josh ended up running into Mike Gundy (OSU’s Head football coach) when he ran to the bathroom! He recognized him by his mullet, and got to shake his hand. When he came by to the table his eyes were huge and he was fan-boying! What a neat surprise!  #oklahomastateuniversity #osu #osuhalloffame2018 #stillwateroklahoma #stillwater #sonyaterpening
Went and saw my Dad today at his work, and he gave me a Prairie Band Potawatomi paper with one of the Potawatomi creation stories in it for my info. Then he surprised me with this beaded bottle to put my Native Tobacco or Native Medicines in. Ketepi Notha!  Bonus I don’t think I have shown anyone on here but my Step-mom made me a beaded business card holder a while back.  They both make some neat pieces! Thank you for these awesome gifts. They both will be cherished!
Going to eat some breakfast 🍳 drink some Piñon Coffee (Adobe Morning) ☕️ in my New Mexico cup and getting inspiration to paint from listening to KTNN Navajo Nation Radio! Anytime I listen to KTNN it reminds me of when I was little. My brother and I sitting in our yellow house out on the Navajo reservation and our great-grandma coming over from her Navajo Hogan in the morning to help cook breakfast with my grandma and mom. KTNN radio playing in the background from the little radio on the window ceil. My dad and grandpa getting the stove going with piñon wood from the mountains, while other family comes in the door all excited to see us from our long travel from Oklahoma. The painting I’m working on is of Round Rock mesas, looking west of where my moms family lives. Always happy to see my Navajo home!  Also trying to keep Panther the cat on the desk and not walking on the paint!  Enjoy! I’ll update later of what it looks like after some work!
{Part 2/2} Evening!  I been working on studying some traditional clothing for Navajo, Sac and Fox and Potawatomi people. I would like my spiritual beings in my pieces to have a traditional quality versus the modern world of today I create them in. So I took some inspiration from this book called “Native American Photography at the Smithsonian The Shindler Catalouge”. They have many photos taken from when the different tribes were traveling from their homeland to Washington DC as delegates as representatives for their people. So there are many tribes represented in this book and good for me some Potawatomi people and Sac and Fox people! Good to learn more about this side of my tribal people and the struggles they went through. I found that they have a photo on Sac and Fox leader Keokuk. But it shows Keokuk Senior, his son Keokuk, Moses Keokuk both him young and older, Keokuk Jr the grandson of the first Keokuk. It’s very interesting that they caught images of three generations. But it’s also sad to see that our relatives fought hard to try to help their people, only to be shoved a sided and forced to move from their homeland. But it’s amazing that they actually photographed these Native ancestors which is great, because it preserved the way they were dressed. It was very resourceful and I learned more about the clothing. I only wish to know more about the designs and their meaning. Also there were a few in here that had painted their bodies like for war paint or for other reasons I don’t know of. It’s a good book to research for those that have an interested in traditional clothing and history! But please enjoy my study sketches below.  Amber  Instagram | aldthewoods  #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart #nativeamericanartist #sacandfox #potawatomi #sketches #studysketches #navajo #keokuk
{Part 1/2} Evening!  I been working on studying some traditional clothing for Navajo, Sac and Fox and Potawatomi people. I would like my spiritual beings in my pieces to have a traditional quality versus the modern world of today I create them in. So I took some inspiration from this book called “Native American Photography at the Smithsonian The Shindler Catalouge”. They have many photos taken from when the different tribes were traveling from their homeland to Washington DC as delegates as representatives for their people. So there are many tribes represented in this book and good for me some Potawatomi people and Sac and Fox people! Good to learn more about this side of my tribal people and the struggles they went through. I found that they have a photo on Sac and Fox leader Keokuk. But it shows Keokuk Senior, his son Keokuk, Moses Keokuk both him young and older, Keokuk Jr the grandson of the first Keokuk. It’s very interesting that they caught images of three generations. But it’s also sad to see that our relatives fought hard to try to help their people, only to be shoved a sided and forced to move from their homeland. But it’s amazing that they actually photographed these Native ancestors which is great, because it preserved the way they were dressed. It was very resourceful and I learned more about the clothing. I only wish to know more about the designs and their meaning. Also there were a few in here that had painted their bodies like for war paint or for other reasons I don’t know of. It’s a good book to research for those that have an interested in traditional clothing and history! But please enjoy my study sketches below.  Amber  Instagram | aldthewoods  #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart #nativeamericanartist #sacandfox #potawatomi #sketches #studysketches #navajo #keokuk

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