Typical Weekend in AD

The weekend finally came after a long week of painting, art classes, and general life crap.

Started with dinner out at P. F. Changs.

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I love love love Asian food. Thai, Chinese, Japanese are my favorites in that order. So this was a happy start to the weekend.

Yesterday we went to go see Maleficent, which was hands down the greatest Disney movie ever.

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Angelina Jolie was absolutely stunning. Her performance, as always, blew me away. Love her movies and this one was a nice addition!

I spent the rest of the afternoon staring at the art on Nando’s walls instead of finishing my food.

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This wasn’t even half of the amazing art collection at the restaurant chain. Very impressed and this just inspires me to keep chasing my dream of being a full-time artist. Anything can happen!

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Finally, I did this illustration last night before bed. Every time I get henna done I’m inspired to incorporate the delicate designs into my art somehow. This illustration is called “I Bet the Bees Play in Her Hair” and marries my love for curly Afros with black and white illustration.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Any new inspirations?

New “Oud” Painting Series: Process and Inspiration

Good morning!

I’m up bright and early, after finally moving into our new place. The view is just amazing! And today, I realized that this isĀ theĀ first full sunrise I’ve seen since I moved to the UAE a year ago.

Yesterday, I decided to work on some watercolor illustrations for a new series. Introducing, my original “Oud” paintings, inspired by the signature Emirati fragrances. Perfume here is kind of a big deal, and the traditional bottles are so cute.

These paintings are done on 9×12 heavy watercolor paper:

  • First, I started out with a rough sketch of the shape.
  • I then loosely applied the main color for the bottle using fluid watercolor washes.
  • I then mixed Yellow Ochre and Yellow to achieve the golden top and and second wash.
  • Finally, I applied the embellished designs of the perfume bottle using gold acrylic paint and outlined the final shape in black for contrast.

They are very fun to paint, and the color options and combinations are endless. I’m very pleased with how they turned out. The bottles feel so glamorous and instantly take me back to the little perfume souks I’ve visited here in Abu Dhabi.

Thanks for viewing!

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