Exhibitions Going on Now

Man, this has been a major week! I now have my art in two locations at the same time! :)

Until the last week of May, you can see "Daisy #2" at CoCA (find out how to get there when you click here) and 9 of my charcoal pieces (including "Daisy #2") at Freshy's Coffee (the West Seattle location). Also, when you drop by Freshy's you'll get to see some beautiful paintings by Eva Lu

Below are snapshots I took at both locations ...

First Thursday opening reception at CoCA

First Thursday opening reception at CoCA

At Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

At Freshy's Coffee in West Seattle

Also, check this out! This is the catalog CoCA had printed for the exhibition.

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Anyway, I hope you'll be able to stop by at either or both places before May comes to a close. And, if/when you do, let me know what you think!

Exhibition Update: Opening Night Details

 

As you already know, my artwork (including the below portrait titled "Hope") will be on display at Freshy’s in West Seattle during the month of May. But, it’s also important to know that May 1 is opening night! Be sure to drop by between 6 and 8:30 p.m. to enjoy some art and delicious beer. :)

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A Pop of Color

Last night, I gave it another go at taking one of my charcoal portraits and adding effects and color to it. This time, I did it to "The Gaze" (you can see the original charcoal piece below). I decided to go simple rather than adding lots of color (like when I added pink and green to "Daisy"). Let me know what you think! :)

"The Gaze" (the original piece)

"The Gaze" (the original piece)

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Black & White ... & Red

This past weekend, I experimented a little more with my "Daisy" piece on Illustrator with my Intuos graphic tablet. Being the type of person who always likes to mix things up, I tried for something completely different from what I've done for my previous versions of "Daisy" -- I added some Farsi and a splash of red on top of the black and white portrait. Also, instead of my usual Spotify playlist I decided to give it a go at listening to Anna Faris' podcast (it's called Anna Faris Is Unqualified and it's super funny and entertaining).

Anyway, my illustration turned out like this ...

"Hope" (2018)

"Hope" (2018)

Fun fact: Because the last time I made a real attempt at writing in Farsi was during the Saturday morning Farsi classes I took in sixth grade, it ended up being quite the challenge to master writing what you see above. I think it took me about 20 or so tries to make it look somewhat decent.

Anyway, I hope you like this more intense version of "Daisy." Or, if you don't like it, I'm fine with that as well. As long as the picture is causing some sort of strong reaction, I'm happy.

One Woman, One Voice

Originally posted on August 28, 2016.

When you look at these two images side by side, it's obvious one is straight up the zoomed-in version of the other. But, if you were only observing one of the two on its own, you'd probably come up with a different interpretation.

This was the idea I explored while drawing the above piece. I didn't want to copy the original photo (which I found thanks to Google search); I tried to think of a way to illustrate the same woman in a new perspective. Thus, the close-up drawing.

The eyes have always been my favorite facial feature to draw just because here I have the freedom to add as much intensity as I want in the person's expression (which always turns out to be a lot). Surprisingly, I also found that for this specific picture I could add intensity through the eyebrows. Something about this woman's eyebrows made me think I could use them to make her face bolder, more attention grabbing.

The woman in the image on the right has stopped in the middle of an outdoor stroll to wonder where she's going next (literally and figuratively), looking to the viewer for some sort of possible guidance. The woman on the left, however, is in deep thought, too deep to even realize there is a viewer. She's withdrawn from any outside influences or voices and is focusing on the internal, relying on her voice and her voice alone to tell her where she's headed next.