Last week I did something that seemed rather scary, but was so exciting: I taught my first art classes! Six people came to my home on Wednesday and another 7 on Thursday, and for two hours we talked about value and form, I gave a brief demo, and then I let go of the reins and let them paint. They did fabulous!
Teaching art is strangely exhilarating. It’s not for everyone, and sometimes good artists don’t make good teachers. I was pretty scared for weeks but my excitement to share my art knowledge was far greater than my fear of venturing into the unknown. By the time my lesson was planned and my students started pouring in, I was on a roll. It’s nice to teach the core idea and then sit back, and just guide the class participants to a finished painting.
It has been such a great opportunity, and I was even contacted by a woman here in Abu Dhabi that wants me to teach her kids at her home. It was the perfect offer because I really want to be an art teacher for kids one day. I had great art teachers growing up and my mom found me great spaces to paint as a teen. To be able to provide that for kids years later is a dream of mine.
So, today is the day for my second week of classes and I’m so excited to meet the new faces just joining us. I was thinking we’d continue our lessons on tones and values with a nice session of landscape painting.
Hope to post more soon! The class participants are so talented!
Oh, and I’ve made two sales on Etsy last week. Score! 😀
It’s Sunday, which means it’s the first day of the work week here in the Middle East. I managed to finish another abstract camel painting over the weekend. I asked people on my Facebook and Instagram profiles to help name him, and the popular choice was “Clarence”.
Clarence the clever camel is always getting himself out of precarious situations. Hope you love him as much as I do!
By the way, you’re probably sick of seeing me paint camels now. My first passion is pure abstract art, but I’m experimenting with abstract expressionism in various subjects. I promise, though, new animal varieties coming soon!
I’ve been eyeing palm trees for months now. Maybe because I grew up in New Jersey and used to deciduous trees, or maybe because they remind me of sun and vacation. The intricacies in each tree makes me stare at them forever. I always try to take snaps on my iPhone for inspiration. But this painting was designed purely on my own imagination.
I sketched it out yesterday in my sketchbook…
I then toyed around with a few color options and then faced my canvas to make this a reality. I’ll admit, painting palm trees intimidate me. Not even a little bit, a lot. It seems like a simple easy thing to paint, right? But after observing them for so long, I know they’re anything but simple.
The finished result was beautiful, if I do say so myself. I added a Dubai skyline in the foregrounds, and I just love the subtle tonal variations at the bottom of the painting. The palm trees in the focal point appear to be dancing. And I love the jewel-like trunks that hold them up.
Yesterday I had a very unusually awesome day. After not painting for a few days, I just had to get back in the studio. Not only did I manage to paint two abstract paintings that I really enjoy, but I also received many inquiries on some artwork for sale after organizing my images into albums and saying they’re available. Amazing what a little organizing and advertising can do in a day.
This time around, I took several pictures as I worked, so I thought I’d give you guys a slideshow of what a painting in progress looks like. Hope you like!
This painting was inspired by the Abu Dhabi scene and it’s one of my favorites of 2014. I have been experimenting more with abstract expressionism and abstract art in general. I think what I like about abstract art is the fact that it can represent many ideas, places, and subjects at once. If I were to paint in a very realistic way, the fruit will always just be the fruit, the landscape the landscape.
Some people don’t really like abstract art mostly because they say they “don’t get it,” that it’s not about anything. But that’s just it. Abstract art is about everything.
I’m finding my inspirations and desires to be far more abstract these days and I think it’s showing up on my canvases. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me.
I’ve also been creating more non-representational work as you can see from my Instagram gallery.
I love what I’m creating these days and I hope it touches a few people out there.
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In the meantime, I’m gonna go give this Happy in Abu Dhabi video another listen. Cuz I’m happpppppy 🙂