Sand, Safari and Bedouins

Hey you! It’s been a sandy weekend. Abu Dhabi has seen one of the most intense sandstorms ever and left much of us indoors for the past few days. We almost cancelled our safari booking, but decided to just bear the brunt of the storm and hope for the best.  Fortunately, I was able take advantage of one of my last few days in Abu Dhabi before vacation and enjoy a traditional desert safari. In a few more weeks it will be too hot to bear!

The camels, dunes, and blanket of stars at night made for an unforgettable experience. Here are some of the photos from yesterday.

 

The timing couldn’t have been better. I am diving deeper and deeper into my collection of figurative abstract women and I managed to complete a set of Bedu women on canvas.

"Bedu 1" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
“Bedu 1″ 20×30” acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
"Bedu 2" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
“Bedu 2″ 20×30” acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD

I am happy to say they have already gone to a swift and trusty collector of mine (thank you, if you’re reading!). I will be doing more with this motif in the future. I love the monochrome scheme for this theme, and I think it lends to the nostalgic quality of these figures that move me so much. I may also explore them in red.

If you have any feedback or more ideas, feel free to share in the comments below!

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Dark and Moody: Latest Paintings

"Copacetic" 24x36" acrylic on canvas SOLD
“Copacetic”
24×36″ acrylic on canvas
SOLD

 

 

 

"We had a chemistry"  30x40" mixed media on canvas Purchase
“We had a chemistry”
30×40″ mixed media on canvas
Purchase

If last week was orange and juicy, this week is dark and moody. I’ve been in a deep blue kind of zone and I can’t say it’s not good here. Here are two of my latest abstract pieces. Click the photos to learn more.

Thanks and have a good week!

“Orange Attack” New Original Abstract Painting

"30x40" acrylic on canvas, Available
“30×40” acrylics and gold paint on canvas, Available

Heyyyy, feeling orange? I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with orange! I think it’s my aura color. I remember one time in 8th grade I planned for weeks one outfit. I had orange nail polish. Orange shoes. Orange shirt and pants. Basically if it came in orange and could be put on my body, I collected it. I wore it all on one day, and I’ll never forget walking onto the block of my middle school only to see a group of men in orange prison jump suits dutifully collecting the trash (tells you something about my school’s neighborhood right?). Aren’t you glad that whole matchy-matchy trend back from grade school is over?

"Orange Attack" 30x40" acrylic and gold paint on canvas, Available
“Orange Attack” 30×40″ acrylic and gold paint on canvas, Available

I started this painting in August last year, right before my 26th birthday. It has oozes of pinks and purples but from the beginning, it was clear that orange was going to be the winner here. I justttt finished it up today during my open studio session (thanks guys for painting with me). I love it for what it is, and what it’s not. It’s not serious or overly worked. It’s fun, upbeat, and makes me smile.

Side note: I had an amazing consultation with an award winning artist early this morning. I was so excited to get her expert advice, and boy was this consult needed! We talked for almost 2 hours on the next steps to take in getting my art out there and into the world (yes!). I can’t wait to start implementing all of her great tips and suggestions to connect with more fans. And, in the short term, my website is about to get a ma-jor facelift! Ahh, whoever said artists just sit in the studio all day smoking cigarettes and waiting for inspiration is sadly mistaken! So fortunate though for all of the clarity 2015 has brought to me thus far.

I am eagerly waiting for the chance to work on my next batch of camels and veiled women. In addition to my abstracts. In addition to living. In addition to life. Yea.

Love,

Amira

Reflecting on 30 in 30

A collage of my completed works in January.
A collage of my completed works in January.

Good morning! It’s a week past January 2015 and I’m still recovering from the amazingness of last month. As many of you know, I committed to completing 30 paintings in 30 days for the first time. The challenge showed me a lot of things about myself, my work ethic, and interests. Equally, I learned a lot about my fans and supporters. It was such a high energy time and I enjoyed it immensely.

I managed to paint 30 paintings in the 30 day span, although some of them were not shared (commissions, studies). It was fun to post a painting each day and know that my audience were expecting it and would hold me accountable if I didn’t. I didn’t have any sales goals. I wanted this to be a space for me to push myself creatively, and I’m happy to say that I did.

Within the first week, to my pleasant surprise, paintings started to sell. Some collectors even came back for seconds, and thirds! I wanted my work to be accessible if anyone decided to buy, so I kept the works relatively small and their prices as well. Thank you all for the comments, sharing, and support.

I’m happy to say, once counted, I sold 21 original paintings last month, 17 of which were a part of the 30 paintings challenge. I believe the momentum of the whole occasion had somewhat of a ripple effect. What a great way to start the new year!

Here are a few things that I learned throughout:

  1. You can and should stretch your creative muscle. Don’t be afraid if the ideas aren’t fleshed out to perfection each day. Just show up and work. The rest will take care of itself in the studio.
  2. You can change your mind or idea about a subject. I initially thought I would paint very true to form faces. Instead, I wandered off the beaten path and explored what was more interesting to me. Abstract figures, veiled women, and spunky curly girls were more entertaining to me then getting an accurate portrait or resemblance of someone.
  3. Anxiety will creep in, it will make you feel like giving up. Don’t listen. Ignore the smallness telling you that you can’t finish what you started.
  4. Working on sets and series is a great way to keep up with your creative ideas! Instead of waiting for one day at a time to start each idea in your head, jump on 4-5 canvas in one day. You can finish one or none but just having them started is a big help in my creative process.

That was me. For those of you that did the 30 in 30 challenge or witnessed another artist participating, what did you think about it all?

xx

New: Meditative Abstracts

It’s the weekend! Hope you had a good week.

Mine was busy, if not turbulent, but more on that later. I wanted to share two of my latest abstract paintings, fresh off the easel.


“Meditation in Pink and Green” 36×24″ acrylic on canvas” Available

Both pieces stem from meditative beginnings. I am trying to tap more into my intuition and inner guidance since it really invigorates the creative process. I am realizing things about myself that have changed over the years. The most obvious one that I’ve found has been embracing abundance. I used to shy away from having too much good in my life. Maybe you can relate? I was afraid that with gains, comes loss. That happiness is fleeting so why strive for it. I realize now that our thoughts can greatly impact our reality.

"Abundance" 30x24" Available
“Abundance” 30×24″, acrylic on canvasAvailable

These days, I am more interested in abundance than restrictiveness. How has this manifested into my daily life? I allow myself to have the small things that I want. I eat well. I laugh more. I share and give more of myself to people I just meet. And in the studio? Well, I’m keeping my inventory stacked with fresh new canvases ready for me to explore. No more holding back. No more fear.

And speaking of fear. I faced mine this week and completed an abstract painting in oils. It was during the 6-day Master Painting class with Igor Shipilin. My painting along with all of the other completed works from our cohort will be open for exhibition starting Saturday, February 7th at 7pm N2N Gallery, Nation Towers. All are welcome to attend the opening and view our creations!

That’s me. What about you?