So for a long time, I’ve been meaning to share inspirational artists and their work on my blog. A sort of “pay it forward” if you will, but not really, since their work pushes me to keep painting everyday. Outside of making art, I enjoy looking at it and spend a lot of time doing so.
To start the first round off, I begin with Sandy Welch. I don’t know much about her. All I know is that her work is a happy spot on my timeline and I’m always grateful to see it.
Today, I was reflecting over my connection to Maya Angelou. Saddened by her passing, I searched for inspirational quotes of hers and landed on this one, which I placed over my painting “Electra Street.” I hope you guys enjoy her words.
In high school we recited her poems. Our mothers collected her wisdom and passed it down for us to read in our maturity. Her stories made us embrace her, and her speeches made us embrace ourselves. What a woman, what a human being.
Hey guys! Hope you’re having a swell week. I will be posting paintings incrementally on my blog here to update. Feedback welcome 🙂
This one is titled “Prayer Rug No.2″ and is part of my tapestry series. I was inspired by the quilted, colorful patterns in found objects like prayer rugs. This painting is my largest one yet, measuring 48×36” on canvas.
I’m up bright and early, after finally moving into our new place. The view is just amazing! And today, I realized that this is the first full sunrise I’ve seen since I moved to the UAE a year ago.
Yesterday, I decided to work on some watercolor illustrations for a new series. Introducing, my original “Oud” paintings, inspired by the signature Emirati fragrances. Perfume here is kind of a big deal, and the traditional bottles are so cute.
These paintings are done on 9×12 heavy watercolor paper:
First, I started out with a rough sketch of the shape.
I then loosely applied the main color for the bottle using fluid watercolor washes.
I then mixed Yellow Ochre and Yellow to achieve the golden top and and second wash.
Finally, I applied the embellished designs of the perfume bottle using gold acrylic paint and outlined the final shape in black for contrast.
They are very fun to paint, and the color options and combinations are endless. I’m very pleased with how they turned out. The bottles feel so glamorous and instantly take me back to the little perfume souks I’ve visited here in Abu Dhabi.
It’s been a lovely, but crazzzyyy busy week. We’re officially moving into our new place and I’m just so excited. It’s hard to believe we’ve officially spent a year in Abu Dhabi, and in a hotel apartment, at that! Our new place is Gate Towers, one of the newest properties completed in the capital. It’s pretty spectacular if I do say so myself.
The views are outstanding. From our flat, we can see the Grand Mosque, Saadiyat Island, and lots of water and inland islands. Quite the change from our previous views of the buildings directly in front of us, and the screeching construction outside 6 days a week.
I can’t believe it, but I’m actually a bit nervous. I’ve had such success in my old studio. It was a struggle at first, I’ll admit, but I was soon forced to make the most of it and man, did some beautiful paintings come out of there. Moving into a new place means I’ll have to find a new zone, new vibes. I’m worried that I won’t find my mojo in time, haha.
The best part about this place is the lovely light pouring in on all of these white walls. I get to hang my art everywhere! The colors just make me sing. I love it. It’s so vibrant, I had to take some preliminary iPhone shots and share it with you guys:
I’m happy we get to start our lives in such an amazing place. They say it takes about a year to get used to living abroad so I’d like to count this as our new start. Hoping for good things to come out of this place, and I can’t help but get excited every time I look down our corridor into my new studio.
Anyway, I better get back to unpacking here. More posts soon!