New Paintings from the Studio

Hey guys, Here are three of my latest paintings from the studio. They were all about loosening up and remembering the joy of painting. Painting for paint's sake!

 

"Deep Blue" 16x20" canvas

"Heart of the Matter" 20x30" canvas

"Lily Pond" 7x9.5" canvas panel

I have them listed on both Etsy and my website. If you click the painting, it will take you directly to the link in my stores.

Have a colorful day! xx

Using Meditation in My Creative Practice + Free Training & PDF!

"Prayer Rug No. 2" 48x36 inch canvas (2014) SOLD, Amira Rahim

"Prayer Rug No. 2" 48x36 inch canvas (2014) SOLD, Amira Rahim

It's that time of the year again: Autumn. Back to school. The days are getting shorter. The temperature cools. The leaves change. And our hearts change too. It's always been my favorite time of year, literally the mark of new beginnings.

One thing I've been aspiring to implement into my creative practice is meditation. It's not anything new. The concept of quiet reflection is in many religious traditions and theologies, and yet we seldom do it due to technology and our busy lifestyles.

I have to admit, I didn't start meditating out of any religious commitment. I see a lot of literature circulating on social media around meditation, but it's mostly for the physical and mental benefits, which I can surely use.

There are so many benefits to meditating, and this post is certainly not the expanse to explain them all. So, I just thought I'd share a little of my thoughts on how it's going for me.

Today, I decided to meditate for only the second time. I am using the Insight Timer app which I highly recommend. Sometimes I just set a timer and meditate to some relaxing sounds. Or, I will choose from one of their amazing guided meditations which have been really transformative for me.

Some immediate things that have happened to me when I meditate:

  1. I concentrate on my breathing. This is really important. I have recurring back pain and at my last chiropractor visit, I was instructed on how to breathe properly. Turns out, I'm not even breathing right! Meditation makes you more conscious of your breath, even if it's just for a few minutes.
  2. I realize exactly how much anxiety I'm feeling that day. Good or bad. I'm an anxious person. When I have a creative spark, I cannot rest until it's out, expressed. On my best days, I am a happy, loving artist flowing colors from my magic wands. Today, in meditation I realized just how much I wanted--no, needed--to paint today. Which leads me to my next point...
  3. I feel the colors that resonate with me the strongest when my eyes are closed. You know how it goes. You're in bed, trying to fall asleep, and then BAM! Hoards of painting possibilities seem to fly through your mind endlessly. I am been trying a mental practice of staying in bed, sleeping yes, but before sleeping, take a mental screenshot if you will of the paintings in my head. In the morning, I can usually remember what I loved the most. Meditation helps me know for sure exactly where I want to go.
  4. Today, I asked myself, my soul, my spirit, whatever you want to call it: "What do you need today? What do you want to feel? What do you want to love like, eat like, be like, today?" It's a strange concept at first, but really comforting. Just saying to myself, I'm going to fulfill you. You are fulfilled. You are fulfilled.
  5. You get this cool, hippie vibe of general chilled-outness that I love. I've always been a worry-wart, self-prophesed perfectionist. That was cool and all in college. But I've made leaps and bounds in my self-awareness since then. It feels great to be honest with myself, to relax, to say "You got this," "you're good." I don't have to prove anything to anyone. Taking 10 minutes to meditate each day is like giving life, society, people, the small voices in my head, whatever, a fat hand to the face. A pause. A complete stop, as I take a moment to...well, enjoy this moment.

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Thanks UAE + 2 New Paintings!

Needed to take a moment and say thank you, UAE. More specifically, thank you Anna Seamen for your amazing interview and journalism. And thank you, The National for highlighting my "quest for color"! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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I was totally stoked for the last few days. I've been on cloud nine. I even started dancing with this crazy lady in my apartment. All because of this great news (literally).

A few months ago, Anna contacted me about covering me in the paper. She arrived at my Reem Island apartment and studio and we talked about some very deep ish y'all. Not just about my art, but about life, changes, and surviving the bleak landscapes of the desert. I was honest, thanks to her being so easy to talk to. It was actually quite fun.

Other than that, I've been dancing in the studio too. Check out my two latest pieces:

"Girls in Brooklyn" 30x40" canvas www.amirarahim.com

 

"My Particular Infinite" 30x24" canvas www.amirarahim.com

Back to painting, or zumba, haha!

New Website + A Bit of Vanity

I buckled down and did some facelifting to my website. I needed it a lot more organized because the previous design was starting to annoy me. Imagine a visitor! I also had to get some professional photos taken for an art feature (more updates on this coming soon) but the contact told me they needed it by the end of the day! I couldn't get a photographer in time so I had to make due.  

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I think it's important for artists to share a bit of themselves and give people a chance to see the person behind the paintings. Hope you guys check out my website, it's so snazzy!

Art Crush: Sandy Welch

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Hi guys, So for a long time, I've been meaning to share inspirational artists and their work on my blog. A sort of "pay it forward" if you will, but not really, since their work pushes me to keep painting everyday. Outside of making art, I enjoy looking at it and spend a lot of time doing so.

To start the first round off, I begin with Sandy Welch. I don't know much about her. All I know is that her work is a happy spot on my timeline and I'm always grateful to see it.

Discovered: via Pinterest Website: www.sandywelch.com Style: Abstract

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

 

I just love the juice paint and messy brushstrokes colliding into each other in a perfectly orchestrated ensemble of color and composition.

The colors and gold in this...swoonnnn!

It's just too much richness in one place!

What's your favorite piece?

All images sourced from www.sandywelch.com.