Friday, November 10, 2017

Adoration & The Olive Trees


A mama & child are enjoying the fresh sweet air of the orchard as another child plays in the tree nearby; watching nature through binoculars. I have always been captivated by the magic of olive trees in all their beauty. There are corners of the Mediterranean where the orchards are seemingly untouched for centuries.
This painting is painted on a 31.5" (80 cm) in diameter handmade stretcher canvas made by artisans here in Barcelona, & is available FOR SALE. All inquires are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stargazer

This budding astronaut is letting her imagination soar as she explores new worlds...A tribute to the child girl, a subject that has been on my mind in following the news all over the world; from child marriages, to genocide, to real life accounts of daily harassment & struggle, I look forward to the day when we can let her just be a child...Also an hommage to Joan Miró, one of my favorite artists since childhood.. 
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Within You Without You


Another birthday of yours has arrived mama. I can't help think of what it would have been to have a mama around to help with all the things that only you could help with. I find myself drowning in questions hanging about the air of life without you around to impart your wisdom. Miró always asks about you as if keenly aware that you have just left & wasn't there to see you go...But one beautiful gift this has given me is to seek you out in all the amazing women there are in this colourful world. I have so many interesting new friends because of you, each one cares in different ways, each one loves your grandson in their own way, & together this sea of beautiful women can maybe just maybe fill the magnificent gigantic vacant hole of your physical singular presence.
*A photo of you pregnant with your beloved firstborn. I've always loved this photo of you. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Colours of Menorca

She looks out from her rooftop with her loyal friend by her side atop a typical Menorcan house, basking in the pastels that are aglow in the sunset. Inspired by summer days spent in this jewel of an island & it's incredible skies.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter on a handmade stretcher canvas & is available FOR SALE. ll inquiries are most welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lost in The Olive Grove

Meandering through the fragrant olive groves of the Mediterranean was one of my favorite pass times as a child. When olive season would come around I would watch with curiosity as the older folks came batting the olives off the trees with sticks & gathering them in baskets. This painting is an homage to André Derain & the Fauvists with all their marvelous use of blues & reds.
This painting is acrylic on a 30" x 30" handmade stretcher canvas & is available SOLD.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Conversations with a Peacock

​Some subjects are better left to the discretion of a fine winged companion...A direct nod to the Mughal Empire miniatures with their delicate finery & royal portraits. Beneath the opalescent sky, you will find hidden some jewel-like tropical parrots peeking out from between intricately detailed banana leaves. This painting is a 31.5" circular painting on a handmade stretcher canvas & is available FOR SALE. Please inquire at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Head in The Clouds


His feet are planted firmly on the ground, but oblivious to this earthly life with his head in the clouds...The ground is abloom with pink cacti!  I have been crossing over into a more surreal approach after spending some time in Dalí's home in Cadaqués this summer, inspired by the incredible beauty & stark shadows of a very sunny Costa Brava. 
This painting is on a 31.5" in diameter circular shaped stretcher canvas & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Levitating as Usual

There are some rare people I've come across who are never quite of this earthly plane to begin with, defying gravity...Always with one eye to the heavens! This painting has a luminous quality to it, with a opalesque-coloured sky that changes hues depending on the light of day.  
This painting is on a 31.5" in diameter circular shaped canvas & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

On Her Shoulders

There are moments in childhood that we can never forget, feeling like we can conquer the world & seeing everything on the shoulders of giants... The shapes in the ground have a gold-leaf quality & change colour in different times of day depending on how they catch the light.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Aerial Bliss

From my series of paintings celebrating parenthood with all it's pure expressions of joy & love. Inspired yet again to capture raw emotions & moods in the same tradition as the masters of colorfield painting who inspired me so in childhood; such as Berkowitz & Rothko to name a few. The shapes in the ground have a gold-leaf quality & change colour in different times of day depending on how they catch the light.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter, & is available for sale SOLD.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Beyond The Hibiscus

Respect for ancestors & spiritual tradition is an inescapable part of daily life in Thailand. Even in the most remote of villages you can see the little post box size "spirit houses" they place outside of each home in brightly painted colours & gold where people lay fresh offerings daily for their relatives. I tried to capture the tropical fragrance & natural beauty that I saw in that sacred land. Temples are glittering in the distance & the locals are often dressed so beautifully even for the day to day business as usual. 
This painting is 31.5" inches in diameter, & is available for sale SOLD.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Eternal Blue

Some relationships are so precious, so profound that they transcend even time & space...Inspired by the hues of the Mediterranean during spring time​ with its blue sky, sea, & sun-kissed terracotta rooftops. This work measures 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Utopia & Fly!


Sometimes you need a grand escape with the one you love just to shake things up! While creating this painting I was very influenced by Japanese handmade papers and textiles with their sophisticated translucent layers and textures. The ground of this painting has a reflective pearlescent quality when seen at different angles catching the light. This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. Please inquire at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Natural Encounter

You never know who you are going to meet when traveling to observe art in it’s many forms... An hommage to both Barcelona & it's rich history of modern art & Jean Arp and his intriguing organic forms both in the mediums of sculpture and painting.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. Please feel free to inquire at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Floating Golden

Fleeting moments of hope & beauty are truly the stuff of life. Inspired by parenthood with all it's surreal magic... Before I became a mama myself I had a dream that a baby came floating to me out of the ether, with big eyes & tan golden skin, a moment I love to remember as it came true soon after!
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available for sale SOLD.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Gelato & Goodbye!

​Sometimes the promise of a simple gelato is all you need to feel true happiness...Inspired by my many childhood summers spent in the glowing warmth of Italy & the Mediterranean. This painting is available for sale SOLD

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dance with Mama

Twinkle toes & her ethereally dressed mama are carried away by a moment of sweet elation as they dance their worries away...There is such a purity in the way little children break into song or dance whenever their darling little hearts feel taken by the mood...The colourful modern pattern in the ground is yet again inspired by Alexander Calder's striking mobiles & stabiles. This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.