Jan 162017
 

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Progression of my Roxxanne painting. It feels good to paint something from scratch, from my own concept and reference photographs. Thanks to everyone who followed along on my Instagram Story. For those of you that did, did you like seeing the work in progress? Is it something I should keep doing? Thank you! #oilpainting #oilpaint #painting #dance #bellydance #dancer #bellydancer #raqssharqi #wip #workinprogress #portraitpainting #fineart #art #artoninstagram

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Jan 142017
 

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I completed my latest painting! It features Belly Dancer, educator, and filmmaker, Roxxanne Shelaby ( @roxxanneraqs ). She is a prominent figure in the Los Angeles belly dance scene, of Lebanese and Brazilian descent, and the creator behind the informative belly dance documentary, The Fez. The details on this costume were challenging, thanks to the amazing work of belly dance couturier, Eshta Amar ( @eshtabellydance ), but overall I am happy with the result. Oil paint on 30×40 Belgian linen canvas. (A side note on Belgian linen: it's the first time I have painted on it, and it's fricking great, you guys. It's like going from 1-ply to 2-ply toilet paper. I don't know how I am going to go back.) #oilpainting #oilpaint #painting #portraitpainting #bellydancer #bellydance #raqssharqi #dance #dancer #danceportrait #fredrixcanvas #belgianlinen #fineart #art #artoninstagram

Oct 242016
 

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I…I think I'm done. Flamenco Dancer – Oil and Metal Leaf on 24×48 inch Canvas. Featuring the lovely and talented Flamenco artist and teacher, Sarah Parra. ( @esenciaflamenca ) #oilpainting #goldleaf #metalleaf #copperleaf #painting #flamenco #flamencodancer #dance #dancer #art #artoninstagram

Aug 072016
 

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Evolution of a painting. Sometimes, I feel like I am not making any progress working on one part for so long, so I like to take progress pictures after every painting session to show me how far it has come since the last time I put down the paintbrush. Here are a few to show the progression. #painting #oilpaint #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #art #fineart #workinprogress #wip #bellydance #bellydancer #shamadan #dance #dancer #artoninstagram #portraitpainting

Sep 132015
 


Today, I got the opportunity to photograph the super talented, aerialist, fire artist, and mermaid, Chantel Durelli! Such an amazing experience to be able to do this in beautiful Hawaii! @eccentricmermaidchantel #dance #dancephotography #dancer #firedancer #firepoi #firearts #hawaii #travel #sunset #jaanabaker #jaanabakerphotography #beautifuldestinations