You learn to juggle when you work full time at one job, and then go home and work on art pieces full time. Weekends become work days where you spend 11 hours a day trying to catch up on all things that have deadlines, and I can honestly say as tired and sick as I am, I am enjoying every minute of it. My body, on the other hand, crashed. That is alright, spent all day in bed, trying to get better, and then woke up and worked some more. Things happen and you learn how to move around them to get other things done as well. Im working on commissioned bowls, bowls for an event at the American Embassy, and bowls for Holy Land Design’s store, where I purchase the wood and I am proud to say they sold out of all my pieces. I’m also in the process of working on collaborating with another wonderful store here in Amman, that truly is an inspiration.
With all this going on, you start to learn what is important and what isn’t. I am definitely spending less time wasting my hours on Facebook, yet still trying to keep my art page up to date for all you wonderful followers out there. I am hoping on taking a week off work where I can sit down and work on art pieces for the upcoming exhibit as well. You get to the point where the only thing that keeps you sane is all the to do lists you keep creating and the satisfaction of crossing things off it, yet I still feel like I haven’t quite accomplished enough. I know, I am a tad obsessive.
Here are the prepped bowls from last Friday. I have almost completed most of them, and will be sharing them in another post soon! Through all this craziness, I try my hardest to remember to update my blog. It is the least thing I can do for my followers!
I had the privilege of meeting an illustrator / cartoonist a year ago who had such a different style from all most in Jordan. Being inspired by the world around him, Ibraheem uses illustrations with images, bringing together reality in images and illustrations in a mix that makes you truly question what is real and what isn’t.
Inspired by Shaun Bryant and Cory Loftis, both incredible illustrators, Ibraheem tries to learn from the best. One piece of advice that he lives by is constantly practicing to fine tune his work. Being around him, he has inspired me to continue working even if I feel like quitting. Constantly posting images of works in progress while showing us the steps he takes in creating his incredible pieces shows all of us how without practice, without document the steps needed, you can never see how truly progressed you have become.
His dream is to one day work on a Pixar movie as an artist, and to live in South America. Knowing him and all his hard work, I truly see that happening in his future. You can check out Ibraheems work on his Facebook Page.
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.
What is more frustrating than finding out that one of the most inspiring people you have heard of is in the same country as you doing his project? Not being able to locate him. Brandon started Humans of New York by moving to New York and simply taking pictures of people walking the streets. What is fascinating by this simple project is the charm, quotes and advice of the people whose pictures are taken. Just like Postsecret, Humans of New York not only brings strangers from around your area together, but the entire world. Since his project, people have started all around the world Humans of Amsterdam, Humans of San Francisco, and others including Humans of Amman.
I would absolutely love the opportunity to meet Brandon and to sit and talk about his experience. Where the hell are you Brandon?
Follow his Facebook page here.
“I want to be a pilot so I can fly everywhere.” (Dhana, Jordan)
“If you speak gently, you’ll find good people wherever you go. If you find a bad person, just move on to the next person.” (Petra, Jordan)
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”.
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.
This piece has been completed for a few weeks now, but haven’t had a minute to share it. This was created for a dear friend of mine who went out and purchased me some sketchbooks and pens as a birthday present. I do love my friends! There are three images of the process, the last being the final product.