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

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

Jan 082017
 

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I finally feel like my current painting is coming together. I still have a long way to go, especially on the costume detail. Check out my Instagram story to see my progress, my frustrations, and other random shenanigans from my life. #painting #oilpainting #workinprogress #wip #bellydancer #bellydance #portrait #portraitpainting #art #artoninstagram #fineart

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

Oct 142016
 

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With myself and my kid being sick so much lately–likely attributed to her new enrollment into preschool–I felt like a human for the first time in days today. Mentally, I have also been out of it, feeling anti-social and reclusive, not wanting to do anything but retreat to my painting. I felt more like myself today, though, and maybe that had something to do with the outfit I picked, made up of pieces I really enjoy: skirt by Emily and Fin, Voodoo Vixen top from Pinup Girl Clothing, and brooch found on Etsy. Here I am, posing in front of the painting I am currently working on. #ootd #pinupgirlclothing #emilyandfin #art #painting #painter #paintpalette