Coffee and questions

Hi all=)

I wanted to give a shout out to all of you who’ve reached out to me and been so very supportive. I’m so grateful! 

I’ve mentioned previously that I had a photoshoot with an awesome blogger Nataliya. This month I can finally share the interview that went along with it! I really hope you guys enjoy it. I tried to keep it as genuine and true to myself as possible!

Excerpt: Inspiring creatives: Sobia Shuaib

So happy to be starting this series with this talented friend of mine. Sobia is an artist, mom of two boys, based near Seattle, WA. It was such a pleasure hanging out in her beautiful studio space back in January, chatting about creativity and more as I took photos of her doing her thing in between our chatter.

I also asked her a few questions and here she is sharing about her artistic journey, what inspires her, how she makes time for creating and more. I absolutely loved what she wrote and know you will too!!

Sobia! Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a stay-at-home mom to two young boys; a wife, a daughter and a friend. But at the same time, I’m trying to carve out a little space where I’m just me, an individual with her own interests and dreams. I feel I really need to protect that little flame inside me that wants its own identity.

What does art/creativity mean to you?
We all go through our life doing what we have to, what we need to – brushing our teeth, studying, getting married, raising kids, eating, sleeping, shopping (lol). All those things just fall into place and demand our time. But art – its like the stopping of time. You take some time out, put everything aside, and for the sheer beauty of it, start creating.

What is one challenge you have overcome as an artist?
I remember as a teenager, I used to sketch all the time, but I could never draw a single line if someone was watching. I had a crippling lack of confidence in myself and was very shy. I know a lot of artists go through it. But it hinders creativity, and I worked on it for several years before I was able to stop worrying about what others think, and just focus on my work. I’m very proud of overcoming that.

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Monochromatic Abstract Portraits

I have done some paintings in a new style recently. They were made to work with the decor that interior designer Ayesha had planned for a formal room design. They’re done in acrylic paints, and I was surprised by how versatile these paints are. The result were two striking  pieces of art. I’ll be doing more of this style in the future, and I definitely plan to use more acrylic paints (as opposed to the oil paints that I generally use)!

Miniature Tiger Cub

Next month Parklane Gallery will be hosting an International Miniature Show, featuring over 300 tiny treasures from around the world. I’m very excited to be a part of this! I’ve submitted two of my pieces, (my only ones cuz, for those of you who’ve been with me for a while, I put off making them till the last minute!). I had an amazing time delving into this form of art. The precision and patience, combined with the concentration required was almost like meditating! Very intense, yet calming!

Tiger Cub – Oil paint on Ivorine 2″ x 3″

Next up:

I’ve gotten several inquiries about commission work and while you’re always welcome to contact me personally about it, I’m thinking I’ll set up a page with more information about options, prices & other questions about commissioning art work. I hope to simplify it a bit, and answer questions people have about artwork in general that can help guide you whenever you want to buy/commission art from anyone or any gallery. 

So if you think you have some questions that you want answered, and would like me to include in my FAQs for the rest of the people out there, reply back with them. I would definitely love to hear em all!

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