This is the companion piece to my previous painting. This was also painted intuitively, no sketching, no references, just imagination. I really struggled to find the faces and people in this one, but slowly it came together. I wanted this one to be a little lighter in the background, and the white motif in the upper right corner gives an illusion of light and space. As the figures began to emerge in the piece, it formed somewhat of a crowd. There appears to be smaller figures on the floor, possibly children, or women resting. And then the three standing figures in the center are facing away.
As I finished this piece, I landed on the perfect title. It reminded me of a scene in a mosque because they appear to be in prayer. “Tahajjud” is the night prayer that is prayed by devout muslims, especially during the month of Ramadan. The ghost like quality of the women is offset by burst of colors to lift the energy.
Here are the pair. I think they really complement each other and could be hung side by side.
Back with more paintings for the day. I started this piece a few days ago. I knew I would be making a companion to it as I’m trying to develop my work more in series. These were painted completely intuitively. I mixed the colors on the canvas most of the time, and really wanted to explore a more muted, toned down color palette. This is one of the pair and features three women wearing a veil. It can be interpreted as a painting of Muslim women wearing the “abaya” or religious garb, but it not necessarily.
I knew that I wanted to incorporate figures in my abstract work for some time now. I have to say, it is difficult but also fun. Being in the Emirates has definitely influenced me as an artist, and seeing so many women wearing the abaya has inspired me to capture their graceful, yet mysterious presence.