“Winter in March” New Work & Inspiration

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“West Orange” 12×18″ on paper, Available

Sun pouring through the window panes. There’s still mounds of snow on the ground. Determined to remind us of a winter that overstayed its welcome. We’re in between colds and chills while enjoying short spring breaks and infrequent vacation days.

I didn’t intend on painting while I was here. In fact, I deliberately left my paints and papers at home. I did, however, allow myself some brushes tucked away in an open flap of my suitcase. I don’t know why I felt comfort packing them. I tend to overplan and get very anxious about being somewhere and not having an item I left at home or something. Maybe just having them there gave me the security of knowing if the urge to create struck me, I’d be at least half ready.

And it did. Needless to say, I proceeded to go to the art store about a week after touching down. I told myself I was going to stock up some choice art supplies I’d been coveting for months just to take back with me to Abu Dhabi. But, I knew I would be breaking them open the second I got home. And rightfully so.

I wanted a way to document the cold, the heavy snow, the excitement with each sunny day, and the faint possibility of Spring. After bearing the polar opposites in climate in Abu Dhabi, It felt peculiar to me in a way that made me understand that this “home” isn’t really my home anymore. It is more like a resting place, a collection of things and people I love and like and occasionally have the pleasure of being with until I’m back on this magnificent journey that is life. Each time I complete the 14 hour plane ride, I awake to what feels like a parallel universe and I’m in a time portal. It’s transient. And somehow I like it that way. At least for now.

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“Winter in March” is a collection of my musings on paper and canvas board. I remember feeling fear and excitement to paint each day I created. Maybe it was the vulnerability of making work outside of the studio, or the typical feeling of “I think I forgot how to paint” once you take a week or more off. But, whatever it was, I tried to step out of my way as much as possible and let it flow. I experimented with materials and tools that I don’t normally use, like a silicone wedge to create marks in my art, and pan pastel. They are lush and beautiful. I have much to learn.

In this series, I got to experiment with pan pastels, soft pastel sticks, and new substrates.
In this series, I got to experiment with pan pastels, soft pastel sticks, and new substrates.

For my US art lovers, you can purchase any of these pieces and it will ship free domestically for a limited time only. I figured I would offer this freebie since most of my work is created and sold in the UAE. This will make for a nice change.

I will be adding more to this series for as long as I am able in my final two weeks here. Although, I am enjoying the slower days and savoring the very last days of my vacation and time with family. So far it’s been lots of pizza, trips to Whole Foods, and hanging out with my siblings who are pretty much my favorite people.

Be blessed. Love art xx

Amira

http://www.amirarahim.com

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“Grand Mosque in Color” : Inspiration and Process

This piece was really fun to create. Since I was child, I always loved to paint houses. And today, even as an abstract artist, I still enjoy doing architectural renderings from time to time. So, the majestic domes of classic Islamic architecture is no exception. I decided to paint the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque but in a colorful, abstract style, true to my own vision as an artist.

I used high-quality acrylic inks which dried much faster than watercolors and allowed me to apply multiple layers in a short amount of time.10325700_327392974081516_6262890612823878734_n

 

Since I’m a rather impatient painter, this is one technique that I love! I used the straw method, which involves blowing the inks at the bottom to push it into this cool, splattered effect, and achieved the energetic look I was going for.

To my delight, the original sold within minutes of me posting it online. But, I am happy to now offer fine art prints of this painting in my online shop, and in my Etsy store. I think it would make a great gift for Eid!

"Grand Mosque in Color" Ink on Paper Prints Now Available
“Grand Mosque in Color”
Ink on Paper
Prints Now Available

Summer Art Sale: 15% Off New Paintings!

"Brown Baby Camel"10x14 inches Acrylic on canvas
“Brown Baby Camel”  10×14 inches Acrylic on canvas
"Tropical Palms Yellow" 30cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
“Tropical Palms Yellow”
30cm x 30cm
Acrylic on canvas
"Beach Umbrellas 1" 30cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
“Beach Umbrellas 1”
30cm x 30cm
Acrylic on canvas

I wanted to ring in the month of Ramadan with some new colorful paintings in my collection. I am offering these pieces and many more for sale in my shop at 15% off. I also have my limited edition prints on sale as well so it’s a great deal! Coupon code: SUMMER is valid until July 15th.

Meanwhile, I’ve been honing in on my abstract work to make way for lots of big things this fall. Really excited for the present and the future!

 

New Art: “Lagrimas” and “Fever”

"Lagrimas" A2 paper -mixed media Sold
“Lagrimas”
A2 paper -mixed media
Sold
"Fever" A2 paper - mixed media Sold
“Fever”
A2 paper – mixed media
Sold

 

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!

http://www.amirarahim.com