30 in 30: Day 24 Abstract Expressive Painting

"Episodic" acrylics and oil pastel on 16.5x23" paper
“Episodic” acrylics and oil pastel on 16.5×23″ paper, Available

I decided to submit this as my Day 24. “Episodic” was started in December and I finished it up yesterday. Mainly adding the expressive squiggly lines in oil pastel, and adjusting the colors a bit more. I have to say, I love this color scheme and the feel of this painting in general.

The name came a bit by accident but seems fitting. I’ve been thinking about a young one in my family who started having mild seizures. She would be the second person in our family with epileptic seizures and it’s all a bit scary. It’s a hard thing to watch your loved ones suffer through, especially because you feel so helpless. My prayers are with the little one, she’s not even 5 years old yet.

I know I endeavored to paint just faces for this challenge, but abstract art is like my second hand. It just flows sometimes and I hate to block that part of my creative process because it feeds so much into my life and healing. I also recently sold a set of 4 abstract pieces that I completed in my morning studio session a few days ago. Will be posting those soon to catch up as well hopefully. It was the buyers first art purchase and a gift to herself for turning 40! I love it when that happens.

Thanks for viewing.

30 in 30: Day 21 Hand-painted iPad Cover

Hand painted iPad Cover, not for sale
Hand painted iPad Cover, not for sale

Hey hey! Back. It’s January 21st right? haha, I’m so behind. I’ve been painting around the clock, but I’m learning that with the Daily Painting series, more jobs come up. You get commissions. You get busy. And so, I am just going to pretend it’s the 21st because I am trying really hard to keep up!

This weekend, I got to visit some of my first sold paintings here at a collector’s home in Abu Dhabi. She was kind enough to invite me over and see all of the art in her home. I’m pleased to say, she has well over 10 pieces of my work, ranging from watercolors, camels, and landscapes. One of the perks of selling/buying local is that you can keep in touch!

Well, in between my other work, I decided to just paint my iPad cover. I use it so much in the studio and I hate to admit, it was getting pretty “artsy” with paint accidentally being placed on the cover. The cover itself was on a nice, textured material and was teal colored. I applied my acrylics directly over it and just had fun with it. I inadvertently painted something very similar to my original “Dancing in the Rain” painting, which coincidentally sold the same day!

After I painted it, I signed it and sealed it with a sprayed varnish to keep it protected from the elements. Now I can take a piece of my art with me wherever I go!

Fun and functional. 🙂

P.S. My initial photo is blurry, so here’s a little more from my iPhone.

The cover, with its matching painting :)
The cover, with its matching painting 🙂

amira rahim_ipad cover painting

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!

30 in 30: Day 14 Figurative Abstract Painting

"Sisters" 12x24" acrylic on canvas, Available
“Sisters” 12×24″ acrylic on canvas, SOLD

Back with more paintings for the day. I started this piece a few days ago. I knew I would be making a companion to it as I’m trying to develop my work more in series. These were painted completely intuitively. I mixed the colors on the canvas most of the time, and really wanted to explore a more muted, toned down color palette. This is one of the pair and features three women wearing a veil. It can be interpreted as a painting of Muslim women wearing the “abaya” or religious garb, but it not necessarily.

I knew that I wanted to incorporate figures in my abstract work for some time now. I have to say, it is difficult but also fun. Being in the Emirates has definitely influenced me as an artist, and seeing so many women wearing the abaya has inspired me to capture their graceful, yet mysterious presence.