Remembering Maya Angelou

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Today, I was reflecting over my connection to Maya Angelou. Saddened by her passing, I searched for inspirational quotes of hers and landed on this one, which I placed over my painting "Electra Street." I hope you guys enjoy her words.

In high school we recited her poems. Our mothers collected her wisdom and passed it down for us to read in our maturity. Her stories made us embrace her, and her speeches made us embrace ourselves. What a woman, what a human being.

"Prayer Rug No.2" - Abstract Colorful Palette Knife Painting

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Hey guys! Hope you're having a swell week. I will be posting paintings incrementally on my blog here to update. Feedback welcome :)

This one is titled "Prayer Rug No.2" and is part of my tapestry series. I was inspired by the quilted, colorful patterns in found objects like prayer rugs. This painting is my largest one yet, measuring 48x36" on canvas.

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New Art: "Heat Wave" Abu Dhabi Landscape Painting

"Heat Wave"

  "Heat Wave" 16x16 inches - acrylic on canvas SOLD

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.

Please follow the link to my Facebook page for more updates.

In the meantime, I'm gonna go give this Happy in Abu Dhabi video another listen. Cuz I'm happpppppy :)

Cheers!

Guys, I've been painting!

Like a lot. I have proof. Visit my Etsy shop as I list all the new goodies.

It's been a great thing to focus on and these paintings are really helping me stay grounded. Each one is a bit of therapy and sometimes experimental.

Here's some sneak peeks of what to find. Feedback welcome!

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And as a token of my appreciation, I'll be posting a coupon code exclusive to my blog followers soon!