I’ve been home now for about 2 weeks and getting pretty cozzied up in my hometown of NJ. Weather’s warming up (yay) and the pizza is better than ever.I recently shared my latest collection of veiled figurative women via my newsletter.
They are ghostly, secretive, anonymous, mysterious, feminine, serene, and beautiful all at once.
And here they are. You can click on each image to take you to my store. Most of them are already gone (love you wonderful art lovers!):
That’s all. It’s important to remember to see the positives in anything. I love being able to interact directly with the people who love and collect my art. Nothing beats that in my opinion. So, I was happy to list them on my website as soon as possible. Several people already expressed interest in these new pieces and were happy when I was finally able to offer them for sale.
In the meantime, I cannot NOT paint for longer than like a week. The creative juices are flowing. So, naturally, I am on my mom’s kitchen table making little abstract paintings on paper and spreading my art gear all over the living room. Bless my family for putting up with me. Thankfully, they are loving the colorful messes popping up and freely offering their art critiques. It’s been fun. (Peek on Instagram @amirarahimart or search #amirainNJpaintings)
More on that later. Life’s good. Don’t stress too much. People are infinitely kind.
Oh, don’t you love when inspiration just bite you in the bum and next thing you know you’re off! That was me today. I’m pacing (racing, rather) trying to catch up in the 30 in 30 challenge. I refuse to drop out and being the overachiever, I actually want to do 30 paintings before this weekend ends.
This painting was inspired by today’s muse, the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross. Some of you may remember her from “Girlfriends”? Her character Joan was my icon. I would watch that show and get an idea of what a “real” lawyer’s life looked like (back when I was hell-bent on being an attorney). Friends, relationships, aging, all of it. I miss that show.
She has such a great energy about her and I snapped several of photos from her Instagram gallery for inspiration. Thanks for viewing!
Hey! Back with my two days of painting. I started this set earlier this week and finished it today. In continuing with my veiled figures series, I wanted to explore a more colorful, warm color palette this time. I painted the faces in burnt sienna instead of white, and played around with their veils to end up with a colorful array of garments that remind me of the traditional Sudanese tawb. As such, I decided to call it “The Wedding” or as they say in Sudan “Al ‘Agd”. The bride as it so happens is facing away. I like the mystery of some figures facing toward the viewer and others facing away. It also makes for a more interesting composition.
Once the basic shapes were in place, I played around with translucent colors overlapping the layers and playing around with the different tones I could get. The underpainting is quite textured thanks to a relief substance I applied in the initial stages of the painting. I’m really enjoying painting on this surface and find that the paints just glide on it, much smoother than the basic canvas.