New Art: “Lagrimas” and “Fever”

"Lagrimas" A2 paper -mixed media Sold
“Lagrimas”
A2 paper -mixed media
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"Fever" A2 paper - mixed media Sold
“Fever”
A2 paper – mixed media
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I created “Fever” and “Lagrimas” last week in response to a set of emotions I was feeling at the time. We all have our days, and sometimes we are so visceral and aware. Life feels more intense in those moments, good or bad. These pieces turned out exactly how I wanted and I didn’t get a chance to hold on to them for that long.

A new resident in Reem Island contacted me after finding my pieces on my Facebook page. She purchased them to be center pieces in her dining room and I am truly flattered. She said that she was looking for art for her home for months and finally settled on mine. What an honor!

I love when my art speaks to people and they get excited enough to bring it home. But I’m even more excited when it is my abstract art that people decide to own. I started doing abstract art relatively recently and wasn’t sure how people would respond to it. I created it truly because it made me feel good.

The best is yet to come!

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Happy Ramadan! + “Desert Sky” Painting

It’s that time of the year again! Ramadan is upon us and observant Muslims are fasting all over the world. I spent the last few days painting as much as I can, in time for my summer sale. I decided to paint some more representational art as I close out the month.

I’ve been interested in exploring palm trees and beach umbrellas, but just briefly. My real passion right now continues to be abstract art, and I have to make time for myself to create it without being distracted with my cute camels and such!

Below is one of the last paintings I completed and features a vibrant abstract sky with a desert theme. Of course, inspired by my time in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I will be posting more of my art to come!

P.S. I’ve been contemplating doing a 100 abstract paintings in 100 days challenge. I just have so much I want to experiment with, new materials, new color schemes, and new techniques. Wonder how it would go!

"Desert Sky" 40cm x 40cm Acrylic on canvas Available at www.amirarahim.com
“Desert Sky”
40cm x 40cm
Acrylic on canvas
Available at www.amirarahim.com

Setting Intentions to Travel and Be Bigger

June is almost to a close. I’ve finished my last free art class for the month, managed to injure my back (all that upside down painting), and I’ve been catching up on some commissions.

These last few days though, I’ve been stuck in a rut. Moody pieces have emerged from my studio. Dark, not really cheery colors like my usual stuff but I’m ok with that.

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I’ve also been suddenly aware of the fact that I miss traveling. Yes, I know, I am an expat overseas. Abu Dhabi is far from what I would consider home. And yet, I can’t help but feeling like I need a change of scenery. I’ve quickly outgrown this desert island.

I traveled a lot in college. Brazil, England, Portugal, Turkey, France, just to name a few. I know that feeling you get when you step off the plane into a foreign land, somewhere you’ve never been before. It’s good for my soul, for my brain, and especially good for my creativity.

I’ve been painting pretty consistently these last few months, and happily selling my art to fortunate collectors here in Abu Dhabi and even abroad. But, lately, I feel the need to be bigger.

I want to paint bigger. I want to see bigger. I want to sell bigger. I want to be bigger. Maybe that means finding a gallery that’s excited to represent my work.

I think about this day and night now. It could mean I’m ready. Regardless, my eyes are now impatient with what’s in front of me. It’s not like I’m bored. I just feel that same thing stirring inside of me that rose a few years ago: this desire to see the world, relish in the ancient architecture of a land, speak Portuguese (or another language), and be so immersed in discovering new things that I forget myself and all of life’s current trials.

Looks like I’m going to have to work hard for this and hopefully manifest this into reality soon.

I hope in a few months, I will be sharing my travel experiences with you guys. I already contacted a good friend of mine in London for a reunion. We’re thinking Spain 🙂

 

A Note to My Art Students

Wrote a rather bold email to the members in my art class. Last week was tough. People were quitting. I’m sure if it was a different place, they’d be swearing at me. For veteran artists, we’ve all been there. Feeding into all those negative voices, doubts, and fears can eat you up if you let it. This was a bit of what I wrote them today:

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Many of you ended up with dark and muddy colors on your paper. You mixed a lot of stuff and it wasn’t all pretty. But those dark greys, scary greens, and endless blues are necessary. It helps those other colors shine that much brighter on canvas and that’s what last week’s classes were about.

You may have felt like you were wasting paint. You didn’t waste a thing. That frustration you felt, tap into it. Own it, and challenge yourself to feel it again.

Making art is an emotional thing. You’ll discover more about yourself painting than probably most moments in your life. Watching TV, surrounding ourselves with noise, or being workaholics for someone else’s dream all take us away from our greater truth.

Why we’re here and what we can offer the universe. That’s what matters. I make art to tap into all of these things and I’m still learning myself.

If you have time today, no actually, make time today–think about things you’ve been feeling lately. Feeling damn good about life? Relish in it. Got some regrets, or fears? Own it. Dreaming of a brighter future? That’s wonderful.

Think long and hard about where you are in this exact moment and be prepared to experiment with documenting that on the canvas tomorrow.

Really eager to see this group develop and grow into something magical. Because art is magic, right?

Limited Edition Art Prints Now Available!

Excited to announce:

You can now shop limited edition, signed prints on my website at www.amirarahim.com

 

Camels Prints 2 Hanna Print Heat Wave Print Humphrey Prints

 

As promised, I am now offering signed limited edition art prints of my most popular pieces printed with UV/Fade-proof ink on highly durable canvas rag paper.

Available in A3 and A4 sizes with 3cm border starting at just 250 dirhams ($68 USD).
They make the perfect gift for a loved one away or frame it as your own.

Just in time for the summer holiday!

Available at: www.amirarahim.com/art-prints