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?

30 in 30: Day 3

 

“Muçulmana” 12×16″ acrylic on canvas, Available

Day 3 entry. This was a pleasant surprise. I started the day early and confused about what direction to go in. I sketched a few animals, half painted an abstract scene of women, and then went out for some errands. I discovered my muse while out, and then rushed home to paint her, Habiba Da Silva that is. You can view her photos on Instagram at @lifelongpercussion

I love how saturated and colorful her face is, and how subdued the background played out. “Muçulmana” is the Portuguese word for Muslim woman. I thought it was fitting, since she is of Brazilian (and Lebanese heritage).

On another note, I’d like to just mention, that it’s important to embrace what makes us different. Curly hair. Brown skin. Whatever it is. It’s our differences that build strength and character in the end, as long as we learn to love it. Takes courage to be different though. Hats off to the confident women not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

 

 

Interior Design Art Collaboration with Saudah Saleem for AphroChic!

Hey guys,

December’s almost halfway done. Whattttt? I’m scrambling around the studio finishing up commissions and getting orders out from sold out art on my website (yay!). I’ve been meaning to share this cool project that I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this year, but had to wait for the green light.

Several months ago, U.S. interior designer Saudah Saleem contacted me to feature my “Hijab Figure Study” painting in one of her upcoming design projects. I love her work and design aesthetic, so naturally I said yes. The only thing is that it was a top secret project and I wasn’t allow to share it with you guys until recently! So here it is:

Her beautiful design of the perfect tween’s room is now featured on AphroChic.com!

 

 

I love the color palette and modern feel of this room. The light is perfect, and truthfully, there’s nothing kiddy about this girl’s room. It’s very chic! Can you spot my piece yet?

The room was designed with her daughters in mind, who share the space. The art, the mirrors, the dressing table, and look at those pillows! I shared a room with my little sister for many years so this room takes me back to those happy times.

The gallery wall is a mix of fun frames and shapes, witty and inspirational words, and abstract art from contemporary painters. It’s a great combination of beauty and function.

And there is my hijab figure painting in the gorgeous frame. I’m so happy for this room and the girls that get to inhabit it! It’s brimming with inspiration and personality.

Saudah explains here motivations for the space here:

“I used African-American silhouettes near the beds, vintage fashion and travel prints, inspirational quotes and lots of bright colors and pattern to incorporate a sense of who we are as a family as well as who they are as individuals.  The selections remind the girls of where we come from and the endless possibilities that exist with regard to where they can go in life if they work hard and pursue their passions,” Saleem explains.

The sky’s the limit!

Source: Saudah Saleem Interiors

New Paintings from the Studio

Hey guys,

Here are three of my latest paintings from the studio. They were all about loosening up and remembering the joy of painting. Painting for paint’s sake!

 

"Deep Blue" 16x20" canvas
“Deep Blue”
16×20″ canvas
"Heart of the Matter" 20x30" canvas
“Heart of the Matter”
20×30″ canvas
"Lily Pond" 7x9.5" canvas panel
“Lily Pond”
7×9.5″ canvas panel

I have them listed on both Etsy and my website. If you click the painting, it will take you directly to the link in my stores.

Have a colorful day! xx

New Art: Heat Wave II – Abu Dhabi Landscape Painting

 

“Heat Wave II” 24×24 acrylic on canvas SOLD

 

Hi guys! Just wanted to share my new painting. Funny, this is actually my second time painting this one due to the popular demand here in Abu Dhabi. I had no idea there would be so many inquiries on the last one. This one is bigger and equally vibrant. I love painting this series. And just in time for the hot weather because yesterday was 100-degrees!

Curious to see where my brush will take me next. Happy painting!