Check Out My Podcast Interview on The Learning Curve!

Hey guys!

I listen to podcast 99% of the time I'm in the studio. So today, it was quite a new experience listening to my own voice this time. Nicholla Henderson hosts "The Learning Curve" podcast which highlights women entrepreneurs and voices from the MENA region. The content is fabulous, and the guests are really empowering. I was so honored to be her next guest and really enjoyed the interview.

To listen, go on iTunes or listen to the link below:

This week's Podcast we speak with Artistpreneur and Abu Dhabi's lady of colour, Amira Rahim who has blazed a trail...

Posted by The Learning Curve on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hope you enjoy! Thanks <3

That Time When Suki Waterhouse Signed My Painting

Hey guys!

So, I have been keeping quiet for weeks now and I can finally share! A few months ago, I was commissioned by Anasya Media company to create a painting for a VIP movie screening in London, UK. The event took place on June 15th and was a massive success.

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Updates from NJ: Latest Veiled Figurative Originals

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Hello, hellooo! I've been home now for about 2 weeks and getting pretty cozzied up in my hometown of NJ. Weather's warming up (yay) and the pizza is better than ever.I recently shared my latest collection of veiled figurative women via my newsletter.

They are ghostly, secretive, anonymous, mysterious, feminine, serene, and beautiful all at once.

And here they are. You can click on each image to take you to my store. Most of them are already gone (love you wonderful art lovers!):

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"Red Summer" 16x20" acrylic on canvas, Reserved
"Red Summer" 16x20" acrylic on canvas, Reserved
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"The Wedding II" 24x24" acrylic on canvas, Available
"The Wedding II" 24x24" acrylic on canvas, Available

That's all. It's important to remember to see the positives in anything. I love being able to interact directly with the people who love and collect my art. Nothing beats that in my opinion. So, I was happy to list them on my website as soon as possible. Several people already expressed interest in these new pieces and were happy when I was finally able to offer them for sale.

In the meantime, I cannot NOT paint for longer than like a week. The creative juices are flowing. So, naturally, I am on my mom's kitchen table making little abstract paintings on paper and spreading my art gear all over the living room. Bless my family for putting up with me. Thankfully, they are loving the colorful messes popping up and freely offering their art critiques. It's been fun. (Peek on Instagram @amirarahimart or search #amirainNJpaintings)

More on that later. Life's good. Don't stress too much. People are infinitely kind.

Thanks for reading xx

Sand, Safari and Bedouins

Hey you! It's been a sandy weekend. Abu Dhabi has seen one of the most intense sandstorms ever and left much of us indoors for the past few days. We almost cancelled our safari booking, but decided to just bear the brunt of the storm and hope for the best.  Fortunately, I was able take advantage of one of my last few days in Abu Dhabi before vacation and enjoy a traditional desert safari. In a few more weeks it will be too hot to bear! The camels, dunes, and blanket of stars at night made for an unforgettable experience. Here are some of the photos from yesterday.

The timing couldn't have been better. I am diving deeper and deeper into my collection of figurative abstract women and I managed to complete a set of Bedu women on canvas.

"Bedu 1" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
"Bedu 1" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
"Bedu 2" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD
"Bedu 2" 20x30" acrylic and gesso on canvas, SOLD

I am happy to say they have already gone to a swift and trusty collector of mine (thank you, if you're reading!). I will be doing more with this motif in the future. I love the monochrome scheme for this theme, and I think it lends to the nostalgic quality of these figures that move me so much. I may also explore them in red.

If you have any feedback or more ideas, feel free to share in the comments below!

Follow your bliss, be a rebel

"Rebel" 28x30" acrylic on canvas, Available
"Rebel" 28x30" acrylic on canvas, Available

Hey!

So the 30 in 30 challenge is officially over! I managed to complete 28 paintings in the month of January, more than I probably ever did before. Each week was a new experience, a new interpretation of my initial motivation to paint faces. Many of you purchased these paintings, commented and liked along the way. So, thank you so much for your patronage and support!

Today, on the first day of February, I wanted to share with you the latest painting off of the easel. It was actually painted over an older painting that I did a few months back. I didn't mind at all. Sometimes, you have to destroy a perfectly decent painting to get to a better one, right?

This piece was created with hope and perseverance. I returned home from a rough day of trying something completely out of my creative interests. I learned that you have to stay true to yourself, even if it makes you the odd ball out.

Sometimes, it's okay to get it wrong. To freely go after what moves you. I think it's the rebels in this world that make the change. And so, I named this painting "Rebel" after my own heart this weekend, for surprising me with how fearlessly it dared to be itself.

Thanks for reading xx