After almost a week of struggling with the new painting, she's finally done! Orange has become such a safe color for me and it bothers me slightly since I do want to fight it and try newer palettes. The Prussian was another color I reached out to for comfort but mixing the lavender and peach was what defined the painting for me. Here is what she looks like. Titled: The Beginning and the End.
The past month or so has been so hectic. I just moved into a new house and the move really got the best of me for over 2 weeks. It was a strange experience to see a place I called home slowly become a foreign space. I remember the last time I visited the apartment to collect a few things, I could hear an echo that made me feel so strange.
I just finished setting up my studio in the new house and gave a 30in square canvas a shot today after so long. I don't think I've used lilac in such a long time and there's something about this orange that I can't get out of my head. I definitely want to add more drama and I would like to work a little more on composition but I like where its going so far. Here's where it stands right now.
A few weeks ago there was an interesting open call for a pattern or artwork to be printed on vinyl for these limited edition golf carts as part of a resort project in Dubai. I saw the open call just two days before the deadline but decided to give it a shot any way. According to the brief, the artworks were required to draw inspiration from Emirati culture, the city of Dubai or contain Arabic calligraphy.
Having grown up in this city, I felt like I could bring something personal to the table by incorporating childhood memories. One of such memories was driving by the Ras Al Khor sanctuary on the way to and back from school and being mesmerized by all the flamingos flocked together in the wetlands. Watching them for a few seconds every day made them a huge part of my daily journey and I decided to make them the subject of my artwork.
To complement the pinks from the flamingos, I decided to include palm leaves in cool tones of green and went with two color themes. Here's what the patterns look like
There was this super cool project on Indiewalls where the clients are looking for a huge mug shot of a woman wearing sunglasses to cover the entire back wall of al elevator. They wanted to add a perforated metal sheet in front of the artwork (which I love) and it was to be a digital piece so i whipped out my iPad Pro. I created the piece in Procreate and decided to give her bright Kaleidoscopic sunglasses and a bold red lip so it would stand out from behind the perforated metal sheet. Here's what she would look like with the metal sheet and I've photoshopped her into the rendering of the elevator. :D The piece measures 60in x 84in
I finally finished the second strip as well and decided to wait for feedback from Indiewalls and the client before I began to work on the 3rd strip. The project involved 15 hour drawing days and then at least 3 hours of photoshopping per day to complete. I'm pleased with the result and feel like this could be something that would work in the space. Here's what parts 1 & 2 look like together and then of course a few 'in situ' images are in line :)
There is this brand new project on Indiewalls, which got me super excited. I'm not sure if you remember but last year, there was a restaurant in Plano, TX, which was looking for an Asian/Western fusion themed wall covering for a restaurant, and I had pitched 2 pieces. The motif with the longhorn skull is one my favorite artworks till date. So when I saw a call for another wall covering, I jumped at the opportunity.
This time, the brief states its looking for a 'black and white pop art comic strip; wallcovering to go on an approximately 22'W x 11' wall', and the inspiration image provided looks like this.
The concept sounds super cool and I began to brainstorm. For ideas, I started looking at Romance/Adventure comic books from the 50s, and decided to bring in an Eastern flair to the strip. Since the wall is wider than it is taller, I'm working on 3 pages morphed onto the wall. Each drawing on each page is a separate .psd file, which I'm then Photoshopping together into the master file. Here's what the first page looks like!
Day 2, I decided to shift focus to a 30x40 inch canvas, which I had been wrestling with for days. The urgency to complete the piece within the day pushed me to stop procrastinating. The palette changed drastically and a part of me feels like it was in response to the pressure. No complaints though :) Here she is. Titled Memorabilia.
Last year, I was watching #the100dayproject hashtag on instagram and followed it closely. Honestly, I was so jealous I hadn't heard about it earlier because I would have loved to participate and be a part of it. There was so much I felt I could have learned during the commitment period. Lucky for me, I came across it just yesterday once again and I am SO PUMPED. Today was the first day of the project and my contribution would be #100daysofabstractexpressionism
During the next 100 days, I'm going to be focusing on smaller mixed media studies on paper and on composition, which is something I've been determined to do from the beginning of the year. Can't wait to see all the pieces and the growth at the end of the cycle.
Here's my work from the first day. Its titled 'Somewhere in the Middle'.
I started another piece yesterday and the force driving the artwork is this gorgeous metallic pewter I found at the store. Its grey, blue and green at the same time and the metallic finish makes me drool. There were already a bunch of ups and downs on the first day, mainly with composition and picking the rest of the palette since all I honestly wanted to do was keep layering that one color.
Here are a few early detail shots followed by how the piece looks after the pewter was added. More to come soon!
Usually, I don't have trouble making a decision on whether a painting is complete or requires additional work but with this last piece I've been working on titled 'Fragility. Myth' I spent hours staring at it before I decided it was complete. The assumption I made on why it took me so long had a lot to do with the absence of drama in the painting. By instinct, I have a tendency to reach out for bright, contrasting colors to form palettes that are vibrant and have lots of movement. This time around though, I went with a far more subtle palette, with the simple intention of exploring how the end product made me feel.
I photographed the piece and stared at the image as I was running errands all day yesterday to validate my decision of deciding it was done, and surprisingly the more I stared at it, the less I liked it. So after I wrapped up my errand runs, I rushed back to the studio to take a look at it in person, and the second I saw it, I fell in love with it all over again. So confusing. I'm guessing I decided that it was OK to have a piece of artwork that is different from the rest as opposed to questioning why it was different and not feeling attached to it because of its difference. Food for thought.
Here she is. Acrylic, Ink, and Marker on Canvas. 36in square.