I Want to Go to California...

because of this...

 

And this...

Image courtesy of  Let's Frolic Together . Featuring "Bora, Bora" paintings on display.

Image courtesy of Let's Frolic Together. Featuring "Bora, Bora" paintings on display.

Amira Rahim x The Fig House

In early 2015, I was asked to become an artist in residence with The Fig House LA. If you're familiar with the interior design scene in California, then you may have heard of this place. The bespoke event venue was designed front and back by the incredible Emily Henderson

My work will be hanging there for much of this year and I am so honored. If you are in the Los Angeles area, stop by and peruse the space. If you're far, far away like...well, then, this gallery will just have to do.

Okay, now back to this. Don't you wanna goooooo? Meet me in LA.

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Facing the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

And so it begins...Another year, a new beginning. It's January again and that means it's time already for the annual 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. It is hosted every year by Leslie Saeta on her art blog and this year, I'll be joining nearly 1,000 artists worldwide to paint and share a painting everyday.

I'll be honest with you guys, I'm not terribly excited. I painted sooooo much in this past year. Actually, I just finished releasing a new collection of abstracts two days ago! I put everything I had into those last pieces, and yet somehow, I'm committing to an even greater challenge. Not 8 paintings, but 30!

The cool thing is about the 30 in 30 painting challenge, however, is that you can make it as tough as you want, or as easy as you want. They can be drawings, small paintings, large, complex, simple. There are no rules. 

Last year, it was the very first time I completed the 30 in 30. I was so tough on myself, I thought by trying something a new subject (faces) and committing to it publicly that I would be focused and know exactly what to paint each day. I thought I wouldn't get bored because I don't typically paint faces. Well guess what? I did. It's not my passion and there's a reason why faces don't normally show up in my work. I'm not a portrait artist, and subjecting myself to such constraints in an already stressful time-sensitive process was not smart. And by the end of the first week, I was dreading the passage of each day.

This year, I'm taking a whole different approach. I am not setting any rules, not overthinking it, and just remembering why this challenge is so helpful. It's about showing up each day and doing my very best in the studio. It doesn't have to be perfect. Not every painting has to be a hit, but I will try.

My inspirations have been pretty consistent lately, and I'm sure much of my upcoming work will reflect it. I want bright colors. I want lots of white space. I want texture. I want happy. We need more happy.

I will be sharing the new pieces  on Instagram under the hashtag #amirarahim30in30.

Hope you can follow along!

Favorite Moments of 2015

Hey lovelies!

This has been a crazy year in many good ways. From landing gallery representation and international stockists, to teaching art classes and having art exhibitions. It gets so hectic at times, going from gig to gig, and managing my little art business. And although I have so much in store for 2016 that I can't wait to share with you all, I wanted to take a moment just to recap this bumpy adventure! Here are some of my favorite times from this year...

 

SEEING MY HUMPHREY CAMEL GRACE THE COVER OF A REGIONAL MAGAZINE

 

PLAYING IN THE SAND DURING A WILD DESERT SAFARI

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GATHERING INSPIRATION IN MUSCAT, OMAN

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EXHIBITING MY ART FOR THE WANNA READ CHARITY AT A LOCAL MAJLIS

SEEING MY ART HEROES AT THE MOMA IN NYC

 

BEING FEATURED ON ABU DHABI TV FOR ART EXHIBITION AT THE HILTON

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BEING INTERVIEWED ON THE LEARNING CURVE PODCAST

 

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COLLABORATING WITH THE LOKA LOKA BRAND TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL HANDBAG COLLECTION

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GETTING TO PAINT MY HEART OUT EVERYDAY AND SHARE IT WITH ALL OF YOU!

Thank you for helping me celebrate! Now your turn. What has been your happiest moments in 2015? Share in the comments below!

 

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Art For Syria

For the month of October, I joined artists worldwide in an effort to use our art to raise money for Syrian refugees. A portion of our proceeds in art sales for last month was donated to the Save The Children organization. 

Artists participating included Emily Jeffords, Wild Humm, Claire Desjardins and many others. Back here in Abu Dhabi, I invited several of my artist friends to participate.

Altogether, we were able to generate over $400 in charity in just 3 1/2 weeks! Here's the official thank you I received from www.savethechildren.org.

Thank you everyone for spreading the word and for your purchases.

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#artforsyria