I was commissioned to create a very unique bowl where the bark would be completely removed, and the entire bowl would be painted. After the bark was removed and sanded down where I could draw and paint on it, I proceeded to sketch out the leaves and paint them. Due to the curves and angles it was not an easy task to create the leaves in a way that would not only not be warped, but proportional.I ended up not only painting over the sketches, but sanding it all down myself again to start all over. Eventually, I got the hang of it and sketched out the leaves where I wanted them to be. Then came the paint, and what a task that was! Trying to create it semi realistic enough where they actually looked like leaves, and were still interesting enough to look at took some time. When I started to cover the entire bowl with black my heart sank. The beautiful grain of the wood was disappearing before my eyes and I thought the piece would be too simple, but it surprisingly seemed to create a sort of mood that was needed. I actually really like the way this bowl came out and the client was extremely impressed. Im not sure if i would do it again, simply because I love see the raw wood along side the paint. Let me know what you guys think.
I had the privilege of being written about in BeAmman, a website dedicated to highlighting the best of Amman for local Jordanians and visitors. They offer insights on the best restaurants, activities and cool places to visit while roaming the streets of Amman. It was pretty humbling to see the reaction I received from the article. People seem to love my work! That’s not to say I don’t love what I do, I do, very much so. If I could simply work on art for the rest of my life I would be one happy paint splattered girl! People seem to want my wooden bowls as gifts for loved ones, or to put in their own homes and that makes me so happy. So, I have been on a crazy mission of trying to complete orders, trying to work on paintings for the group exhibit, while trying to keep caught up at work, blogging and everything else. Who said busy isn’t a wild party? 🙂
To check out the article on BeAmman, click here.
I have been working the last few weeks on paintings for a group exhibition that will be held in a month or two. It’s been hectic trying to figure out how to balance my day job with creating paintings for the exhibition and all the rest of the orders I’ve been getting for the wooden bowls and keychains, but I’m learnign to prioritize my work, and stay focused. I wanted to share details of a painting I completed last weekend, but will keep the whole completed piece a surprise until the exhibit, this way, people who come won’t have seen it before. I was thinking of calling the piece ” Laced Ribbon”.
Now that I am working on pieces of wood, I find myself grabbing at anything I feel I can design and paint on. It’s quite funny to constantly have my eyes open to anything I can possibly put paint or ink to. Lately I started working on wooden keychains that are handmade and then painted on. It really is amazing to see the juxtaposition of natures art versus human made art. The contrast is quite stunning, seeing the wooden designs from nature alongside the designs that I create that are inspired from those natural curves and lines. Below is a few keychains I made, and 4 of them are already sold. If you are interested in any, or would like your own personal keychain, please contact me and we can arrange that. Let me know what you think!
For a few months now I have been busy creating art works on wooden bowls that are hand made from a place in Amman called Holy Land Designs.Its been really fun working in another medium and to see how the wood reacts with the paint has been exciting. I will be hopefully opening an Etsy shop soon to sell them through, but if you are interested at all, please feel free to contact me, and do let me know what you think.
Trying to catch up on blogging which I have been terrible at these last few months. It’s been a busy few months with trying to create more art pieces,experiment some, and trying to get my feet wet on a few different projects.
This piece is a 70x70cm acrylic painting that was created using my fingers to paint. No utensils were used but paint and the movement of my hands across the canvas. What an experience that was! Trying to create no boundaries between myself and the canvas, I decided to use the motion of my fingers and my hands to create the art piece itself. To allow the motion of my body and my emotion to take over.
Let me know what you think.
With bleeding, swollen fingers, I can say this piece is finally complete. What an ordeal!. The cardboard was a tad too thick which I ended up having to paint the surface, draw on it, then puncture little holes for where I wanted to sew each thread, then proceed to sew it. With all the work that had to be done, I am pleased with it. I think maybe the process of it explains quite a lot about the art piece to me, thus calling it “Stitched”. The piece is in respect of each person that has taken all the bad, stitched themselves back together and moved forward. I think mostly this came to me while sewing the piece into what it is. Sitting and sewing for hours on end, with sore, swollen and bleeding fingers, it made me realize how much we all seem to do, and how many of us seem to want to simply walk away or quit, yet kept moving on no matter what. The first image is of the surface, painted in acrylic, creating in areas a calming effect, while in others an energy that could at times make you nervous. The bottom picture, not well photographed is of the black thread used to sew the rest of the piece. I will have to take a better picture for you guys, hopefully this weekend.
First time using anything as different as thread. I will probably incorporate it some more in my pieces, when my fingers lose the memory of the pain! 🙂