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

Aug 152016
 

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My first Bob Ross painting! It's a lot harder than he makes it look, and due to my mistake, my painting has algae water like the diving pool in Rio. This took about an hour, oil on 16×20 canvas. #oilpaint #oilpainting #landscape #landscapepainting #bobross #bobrosspainting #art #artoninstagram #oiloncanvas #happylittletrees

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

Aug 072016
 

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I can finally share what I have been working on this past month! This portrait of a friend and dance mate ( @sarabie949 ) has been in my head for over a year. I took the reference photos A WHOLE YEAR ago and I only just got to working on it. But it's finally finished! I felt really good the whole time I was working on this, and kept thinking, "Man, oil paints are MY JAM!" Oil on 24×36 canvas. #painting #oilpaint #oilpainting #fineart #dance #bellydance #shamadan #portrait #portraitpainting

Feb 162015
 


Blaine sent me a beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day, and I conjured up this very quick oil painting to preserve the memory. It's my first left-handed painting. I very much enjoyed the carefree abandon of painting this way, and the expressionistic result it produces. It's a nice change from getting caught up in the perfectionism of painting right-handed. It's also a nice way of de-stressing, and I even finished before the baby woke up from her afternoon nap! #painting #oilpaint #sketch #flowers #roses #art #artoninstagram