30 in 30: Day 7 Souk Painting

colorful abstract portrait painting by a
“Afternoon Tea” 12×12″ acrylic on panel Available

Day 7. Today was a tough painting day for me. I started the day already anxious about fitting painting in and having time for some other commitments in the evening. And so, I started my day in the studio as usual right after breakfast. I can’t say painting this was easy.

“Afternoon Tea” was painted from some photos I snapped in Dubai while visiting the old souk with my friend. She is Somali and we gathered around her aunt’s shop that day to have the delicious cardamon tea just before maghrib, hence the title. I love the contrasts in the black and white, as well as the colorful background. And I am pleased with the overall product. But, today especially, I’m noticing a resistance in my hand. It is like I don’t want to perfectly render facial features anymore. After all, I am a self-professed abstract artist. These are the most realistic paintings I have done in years and it’s breaking me somehow. I’m not quite sure what’s going on here or what the next three weeks will look like.

I feel like I may veer into abstract faces with a whimsical, illustrative style. Or even abstract figures with no faces at all. Just blank voids. This seems more natural than what I have been doing these last few days. I’m struggling to find my voice in this challenge and that’s mainly because there is no downtime. By the time I post the day’s painting, the day is over and I’m trying to piece together what will be my assignment for the following day.

If any of you out there have done the 30 in 30 painting challenge before, or doing it now, is this how it’s supposed to feel? Am I outdoing myself here aiming for 30 perfect paintings?

Hope to hear from you xx

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2 thoughts on “30 in 30: Day 7 Souk Painting

  1. I hit a wall last night too. I have been completing my work the night before, and last night I was not able to finish. It was a struggle. I think “perfect” and 30 is hard to have together. I like this piece, the colors, and leaving a bit to the imagination of the viewer. Follow what it calling you…

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  2. Reblogged this on The Abu Dhabi PTA and commented:
    I love Amira’s 30 in 30 project and I love this painting! Souk is Arabic for open-air market. There are many different ways to spell souk, sooq, souq etc. they all mean the same thing. If you have a chance take a look at Amira’s art it’s lovely!

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