Working in series

It was a request from a dear friend that I started my first series of paintings. The theme was, well… you guessed it, lips (Duh, Captain Obvious!)

I was told that what differentiate between the artists and the hobbyists is an artist usually works in a series of artworks (i.e painting/ drawing/ sculpture) based on a theme or a subject matter because it’s not a matter of skill, but gallery owners are much more receptive to represent an artist with ten related works, rather than artist with fifty pieces in all different mediums, styles, and subject matter.. (*ahem.. I have one* oh wait.. I am actually the latter. Booo.)

I had fun working on this set of paintings as it gave me the flexibility in choosing the colors, technics and the presentations I want and I love how it turned out. I definitely will be repeating this process and this theme and perhaps in a much bigger size.

“Bite me” – Marker rendering on a standard art block paper“Good enough to eat” –  Marker rendering on a standard art block paper“RockNRoll” – Marker rendering on a standard art block paperThe luscious lips – Watercolors on 300gsm acid-free grain paper
These two “Splashes of colors on lips” series were  produced with watercolor on a 2’x1′ acid-free grain paper and were the first artworks I sold after I started painting last year. Yeay me!

Anyway, some of these artworks are available for canvas printing in my instacanvas gallery.
Click on the image to go directly.
(Noticed only some image are clickable? That is because only the clickable ones are available for printing and it applies in all postings that contain my artworks)

The beauty bargains

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Source: www.allure.com

I got great news for those who enjoy bargains and free things. Better news if you are a blogger, the up and rising youtube artist or a video podcaster. But of course it is not as simple as stretching out your hands and people would hand it in with no question asked. Nothing is free without a catch.

My-contactlens.com is giving a free pair of contact lens of your choice between these brands – Barbie Eye Super Nudy, Kira Kira, Disney Eye Princess and Fairy lens. These lenses came in vials packaging and best thing is, they ship internationally. Which means this promotion is open to all, even if you’re somewhere in the middle of Chacachacare (but of course, you need to work your way with the postage arrangements if you’re there but what are you doing there in the first place? It’s deserted!).

So here is the catch.

All you need to do is, just do an entry about my-contactlens.com or any of the brands mentioned earlier and email back to them at sales@my-contactlens.com with your personal particulars especially your mailing address (this is important or else they wouldn’t know where to send the free contact lens to) together with the link of your said entry. Like my niece, Dhia always says “It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy”.

Anyway, my-contactlens.com is a one stop online shop for contact lenses in case if you’re wondering. They carry more than 50 brands and types of contact lenses to choose from with a very competitive price.

To know more about it just like their facebook page and find FREE contact lens apps at the top of their page. *click click*

Colors and water

Skins“Passion” – Watercolor on a standard art block paper (January 2012)

I started revisiting my love for watercolors soon after I started drawing again in late 2011 and like years before, I fell immediately in love with the medium. I find it is easier to manipulate colors just by changing the content of waters (Duh. Water-colors, get it?) as compared to using other color pigments such as acrylic and oil. It is also much much much much less messier to clean after.

Yes, it is indeed a child’s play.

watercolor palette

But I needed something to start and jumping straight into acrylic or oil or pastel is way too intimidating for me. But I needed more action other than pens and pencils. So watercolor was (in my mind) the safest, cheapest option. Oh, dont get me started with the tools and canvas. So yes, it was the right move since all I need is the right papers.

At first, I used colors in pans but changed to tubes soon after I found out that I can get better consistency with colors from the tubes. No doubt using pan is much more mobile. But in my case, if I want something more mobile, I settled by putting some small amount of colors from the tubes in my portable palette and bring it to almost everywhere I go. Just add water when I want to use it. Easy peasy. Toolstools2

I do hope that I’ll be more courageous to try other medium as well, but for now, I’ll focus on watercolor first. I’m taking my sweet time experimenting on all medias and changing my subject of interests. I’ve yet to find a style and image of my own but that’s the beauty of it, with art, anything is possible

Watercolor trees“Mindless Trees” – Watercolors and pencil colors on a standard art block paper. (May 2012)Watercolor horse

“A wild horse” – color studies by using the work of Laurie Justus Pace for reference and practice.

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“Passion” – Watercolor on a standard art block paper (January 2012)

girl with flower

“Roses in hair” – Watercolor and pencil on a standard art block paper (January 2012)

This is the part where I’m no longer a Miss

As promised, I’m here to talk about the wedding once and for all. After all, this blog once gravitated around the wedding preparations (or the lack of it) and what a bad story would it be if it didnt come out with an end to all the build ups.

Here we go. Nikah

The solemnization was held at my parents’ on Saturday 16th of July 2011. Mr Husband refuses to wear a wedding ring so I got him a wedding watch instead. I, on the other hand, cant wait to wear the ring I chose. Yes, romance was not involved in that Big Ring Hunt 2011. I knew what I want at that time and so was he. His side of family came in yellow while mine welcomed them in pink/grey. Things were all good and dandy and by the end of it, I cant barely open my eyes because I was overwhelmed and super tired. It was perfect.

Wedding 1My reception was held the day after (Sunday 17th July 2011) and it was in a garden close to where I used to grow up during my childhood surrounded by big lake and big trees. Due to budget constrain, it was a very small reception of just closest family and friends. Foot cramps came after everyone left. I was told that the food was awesome. Too bad I didnt get the chance to enjoy it though.

wedding2His reception was a week after, on 23rd at his family’s home (Where I am currently living in) This time around, the concept was more traditional and crowds were bigger. No foot cramps and I get to enjoy the food. Lucky.

So that was it. My wedding. Summed up in 216 words. It was awesome and it turned out just as I imagined it to be. Best of all, the three beautiful occasions were singlehandedly planned by both mothers, mine and his. Which made it even more special. Thank you, moms.

As a cherry on top, Alhamdullillah, I am married to my bestfriend of 8 years and counting.

The end.

Rebooting part dos

I’m changing direction for this blog of mine. Since from the begining I’ve talked about changes and to my husband (Husband. Can you imagine that? I’m married. OK I shall talk about it later…maybe in the next post), I am known for my fickleness with my ever changing mood and decision and plus life is all about moving and well.. changing. It is only right that I talk about it here. So here I am, wanting to talk about what I have been doing and planning to do.. which is… painting! Yupe.

I’ve always love painting and drawing and I love colours. But I know I am not a good painter and nowhere near in producing a great work of art anytime soon. So this space shall be where I will talk about my quest in perfecting what I love doing and sharing anything that gravitate around it.

I started small right after I got married in July 2011 (Yes.. I am finally married – 10 months ago). I started off with doodling in markers and pen on scrap papers between working hours and idle time at home. I went crazy at the stationary shops and bought bunch of colored pens and markers. I even went crazy again when I found out that Sharpies are now available in pastel colors and stocked up every single color I can find, even in silver and the twin tipped ones. Somehow, these little things are the one that makes me happy and occupied. This love for colors that somehow makes my boring working life bearable. An activity I look forward to almost every day now.

Here are some of my early trial-runs with colors. Please dont judge too harshly (eepp!) but I do take and encourage feedbacks in any form as long as it is for the sake of making things better.

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The pictures here might look alot better than the originals since I took these images using Instagram (follow me! @bahijah). I usually update my recent work there. But a blog is always a good idea for a bigger space to talk about it and possibly with better, clearer image. Wish me luck.

This is just another plan though. It might change.. again.

-Millions of X’s and O’s

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