New Release: Spring Abaya Originals!

I'm so happy to share these latest paintings. I shared them a few hours earlier on my newsletter first, and I couldn't wait to hit the publish button. These pieces are stunning, if I do say so myself. When I'm painting, I am truly in the zone. From the moment I decided to paint until the time the painting is complete, it's like I'm in a mental bubble. But once it's done, and I look at it again with fresh eyes days later, they sort of take on a life of their own.

Maybe it's like giving birth? They come through you but once it's out, you also rejoice at the beauty. Art is a gift. I love that they get to come through my two hands and my heart, but I don't own them. At least not forever. 

"Tribe" 30x48" mixed media on canvas,  View

"Tribe" 30x48" mixed media on canvas, View

 
"Golden Girls" 16x16",  View

"Golden Girls" 16x16", View

"Purple Glow" 16x16",  V  iew

"Purple Glow" 16x16", View

 
"Bedu in Blue" 12x16"  View

"Bedu in Blue" 12x16" View

Hope you enjoy viewing the new works. How do you view art? Is creativity something you channel or is it something you possess? Would love to keep this conversation going.

xoxo,

Amira

 

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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"Wabi Sabi Love" - The Backstory of an Abstract Painting

"Wabi Sabi Love", 16x20" acrylic, ink, oil pastel on canvas board,  Available

"Wabi Sabi Love", 16x20" acrylic, ink, oil pastel on canvas board, Available

So this is Day 8 of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge but really, it's been weeks in the making. I started this piece right before I went on vacation in November and I'm happy that it came together in a way that I wanted. 

It evolved into a vibrant piece with lots of negative space. The teal drips of enamel paint were some of the last and final touches. A few days before I finished it, I knew what it should be called. The title emerged and I immediately decided to add black ink into my work, a rare move for me. I don't use black often, and certainly not in such a definitive manner as ink strokes.

I first heard the term "Wabi Sabi Love" when I was listening to an interview with Arielle Ford on love and marriage. Arielle married the term "wabi sabi" which is the Japanese tradition of restoring and honoring the worn and used, with the idea of self-love and love in marriage.  

Leaning into the 30in30: Week 1 Recap

It's January 7th. Which means, if you've started the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, you're probably catching up to completed 7 paintings in this past week. Pretty serious, even for a compulsive obsessive painter like myself.

"By The Beach (1&2), 16x16" mixed media on canvas,  Available

"By The Beach (1&2), 16x16" mixed media on canvas, Available

I remember when it was the same time last year and how I felt, and although I was able to see it through the end of the challenge, it was anything but easy. I probably had one or two small panic attacks, and my poor hubby ate lots of takeout. I'm surprised that fast-forward a year later, the resistance is still very real, even though I know how important these creative disciplines can be.

So, just to give you a glimpse into what it's like, the first day or two passes without a hunch. By the 3rd day however, I start to feel tied to my studio, and looking for reasons to get out of painting that day. By day 6 (i.e. yesterday), that all too familiar feeling of "why did I agree to do this and announce it to the world" starts to show up again. 

Today in the studio, I was listening to a recent episode of one of my favorite podcasts "Being Boss" and the co-host Kathleen Shannon, talked about this concept of creating without the drama. I'd like to think that's exactly what the 30in30 challenge is all about. Just showing up, painting, and getting it done. No drama, no over-thinking, no what-ifs, and no more damn excuses. 

So, this is what I've done so far. If you're doing 30 in 30 this year also, I'd love to connect. Please share a link to your blog or paintings in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.

Amira xx

 

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!