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’ve been quite a busy bee lately! A special thank you goes out to Be Amman for writing such a great article about me. It’s helped spread the word about my work and I have been getting some commissioned work that’s been keeping me busy every day of the week. From all that I have been contacted to be on Jordan Television on Wednesday. Hopefully, I won’t croak and will be able to post it on here for you all to watch (and try and figure out my Arabic). Below is what I have been working on this last week, including a piece for the upcoming art exhibit. Let’s hope I can keep this going!
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.