30 in 30: Day 17 Abstract Figurative Painting

"Souk Dwellers at Dawn" 12x16" acrylic on canvas, Available
“Souk Dwellers at Dawn” 12×16″ acrylic on canvas, Available

It’s me again! Today I finished up this painting that I started last week. I was pulling from several different images and ideas, and just worked through them intuitively. I love this series! The yellow glow reminded me of sunrise so I decided to include dawn in the title somehow.

I’m still two days behind on the 30 in 30 challenge, so I will be trying to post two paintings each day. Fortunately, I have had no shortage of inspiration this month so the ideas are literally more than the canvas available.

Thanks for viewing!

pet portrait commissioned painting by amira rahim

30 in 30: Day 16 “Zoey” Pet Portrait + Process Photos

pet portrait commissioned painting by amira rahim
“Zoey” 16×16″ acrylics on canvas, commission

Hey guys! Today it rained in Abu Dhabi and stormed with hail in other parts. It’s been a gray, cloudy day, and I’m not complaining. I decided to spend my day indoors and get to some of the commissions ahead of me. This is of a sweet dog named Zoey who passed away recently. She was a joy to paint. I loved capturing her coat and sweet nature. I had many photos to choose from, but thought this captured her in a simple, but pretty light.

I decided to capture the process and share it with you, so here it goes:

This was the reference photo. After a few sketches and composition options, I decided the zoomed in crop of her face and collar would be best.
This was the reference photo. After a few sketches and composition options, I decided the zoomed in crop of her face and collar would be best.
After working out the drawing in pencil, I then went over it in black gresso, bringing in the basic shapes and shadows that would define the painting.
After working out the drawing in pencil, I then went over it in black gresso, bringing in the basic shapes and shadows that would define the painting.
Since the owner wanted a fairly realistic rendition of Zoey, I knew I wouldn't be using much color in this piece. So, I decided to tone the canvas in magenta. It makes for a nice graphic effect against black and white, and it is feminine, which can reflect the dog's sex.
Since the owner wanted a fairly realistic rendition of Zoey, I knew I wouldn’t be using much color in this piece. So, I decided to tone the canvas in magenta. It makes for a nice graphic effect against black and white, and it is feminine, which can reflect the dog’s sex. After the first layer dries, it’s time for the fun stuff! Time to paint!
I used Paynes grey, titanium white, raw umber, and indian red for most of the fur and features. I also decided to lift some of the highlighted areas with a little cerulean blue.
I used Paynes grey, titanium white, raw umber, and indian red for most of the fur and features. I also decided to lift some of the highlighted areas with a little cerulean blue.
Propped my iPad up on the easel for most of the painting. As you can see, I painted from the photograph without any editing or fiddling. Just dove right in. I really need to invest in an iPad stand since I use my iPad so much in the studio!
Propped my iPad up on the easel for most of the painting.  I really need to invest in an iPad stand since I use my iPad so much in the studio! After this, I added the whiskers and detail in the collar. I also adjusted the values in some smaller areas.

I’m happy with how well the portrait came out. I don’t typically paint dogs or cats, but some are just adorable and this girl was no exception. The final portrait moved the original owner to tears, so I can say, my job here is done. All on a rainy day’s work!

30 in 30: Day 8 Abstract Portrait Painting

 

"Not a Self Portrait" 12x12" on canvas panel
“Not a Self Portrait”
12×12″ on canvas panel

This painting happened by accident. Essentially, all good paintings do. I was struggling with a portrait of a woman and after several wipes, just decided to ruin it. Completely express what I was feeling. Defeat, frustration, exhaustion. When I finished, I realized I painted myself, in some roundabout way because by the end of it all, I captured exactly what I was feeling. If that’s not art, I don’t know what is haha

Here’s to pressing on, right?

Good night xx

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!

 

Happy Ramadan! + “Desert Sky” Painting

It’s that time of the year again! Ramadan is upon us and observant Muslims are fasting all over the world. I spent the last few days painting as much as I can, in time for my summer sale. I decided to paint some more representational art as I close out the month.

I’ve been interested in exploring palm trees and beach umbrellas, but just briefly. My real passion right now continues to be abstract art, and I have to make time for myself to create it without being distracted with my cute camels and such!

Below is one of the last paintings I completed and features a vibrant abstract sky with a desert theme. Of course, inspired by my time in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I will be posting more of my art to come!

P.S. I’ve been contemplating doing a 100 abstract paintings in 100 days challenge. I just have so much I want to experiment with, new materials, new color schemes, and new techniques. Wonder how it would go!

"Desert Sky" 40cm x 40cm Acrylic on canvas Available at www.amirarahim.com
“Desert Sky”
40cm x 40cm
Acrylic on canvas
Available at www.amirarahim.com