Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Traveling, again.

I'm currently traveling through some beautiful landscapes, searching for inspiration. I will be sharing with you bits & pieces as I go. These are some photos of a sandwich shop I haven't been back to since I was seven years old. Some things never change, & I'm so happy for it. Photos via my super talented sister in law. To see more of her beautiful work go to her blog here.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Marrakesh Blues


Inspired by the intricate tile work, vivid blues & turquoises of Morocco. A little red bird ponders it's small yet precious size in the grander scheme of a dusky sky...

This painting is quite large at 40" x 40", & is available SOLD. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prints for the Holidays

Sidewalk gallery & boutique are selling my prints this holiday season, along with loads more goodies as seen above.... If you're in Hong Kong take a look at their site sidewalk.hk for more info. If you're not in Hong Kong, contact me asap at shirinsahba @gmail.com for available prints & paintings, so that they reach your loved ones in time for the holidays! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ideas in the Studio

I'm getting piles of e-mails from you, my wonderful art lovers, asking me all sorts of good questions! I'm really enjoying making my way through them & replying. If you'd like to know more about commissions, or available works feel free to e-mail me at shirinsahba @ gmail.com ...I love hearing from you! Also thanks to the beautiful & talented Amelia Alvarez from Clotheshorse NYC for posting about me on her lovely blog. 

Images that are giving me good ideas now: 1.Popham tiles. 2.Miro's Studio. 3.Miro's art. As Miro himself said so beautifully: "The simplest things give me ideas."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Home Featured on Design*Sponge

We are so lucky to have our Beijing home featured on D*S. Please see the full article HERE.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Visit From The Orient

This painting is 40" x 40" & is available Sold.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Curious Things

Things observed this week...1.Sophia Loren's cookbook. 2.More Indian miniatures. 3. The perfect coffee table...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I worked with overlapping colours & even some shimmering silvers so to mimic raindrops catching multi-coloured lights on a cool day....A day much like today...
This painting is 40 x 40 cm & is available for sale. For all inquiries please contact me at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Radio Killed the Video Star

I was interviewed in my studio by the lovely & extremely talented Becky Hume (from The Beijing Hour) on China Radio International. Here is the link to hear it:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kate's Collage

So my amazingly talented friend, Kate Vestlie, surprised us with the reveal of her amazing collage from a photo of my husband & I dressed up as circus people. Needless to say, we love it! Just look how intricate & detailed it is!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Think pink

It has been a fantastically busy few months at the atelier! I will share some of the things I've been working on soon. Here are some little pieces of inspiration in the material world to rest your eyes on: 1.A lovely entrance (via Moises Esquenazi). 2.A car that would fit my husband nicely (but maybe he is too tall!). 3. A vintage yet lovely Olle Eksell design.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Thinking of my mama today on her birthday, & of my loves ones who aren't here. Sometimes I forget she isn't here anymore & I catch myself referring to her in the present tense. I like to think that that isn't a mistake but a reminder of her presence delicately woven into my every day. How lucky you are if you have a mother whom you can still hold & adore in this material world...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tati Forever

My father introduced me to Jacques Tati films when I was a little girl. I am still captivated & inspired by his creations after all these years. Here are a couple screen shots from two of my favorites (Mon Oncle & Trafic)... In other news, I've updated my site a little so you can spot new and available paintings at: www.shirinsahba.com

Friday, September 23, 2011

And the winner is...

Ms.Ciotti! Congratulations, it is your lucky day! (The winner was chosen via www.random.org, which is a Random Number Generator). But for those who did not win, yet tweeted, blogged & status updated your kind hearts out, THANK YOU so much for playing! I wish I could be like Oprah & give every single one of you marvelous people free art!! I will do more giveaways in the future...In the meantime I can offer new paintings & prints for sale, email me at shirinsahba @ gmail.com & I will gladly send along all the info to you...

Monday, September 12, 2011

An Art Giveaway!

Feel like adding some art to your home? I'd like to help! I'm giving away a limited edition Giclée Fine Art print of my painting "A Fragrant Delivery" (see a photo of it in the post below) to one very special reader. To enter simply leave a comment below, however, for additional entries (so you can increase your chances of winning), you can post my site www.shirinsahba.com or www.limonana.blogspot, via your Facebook status, Twitter, or your Blog (please e-mail me a link to your posts so I can tally up your extra entries: shirinsahba @ gmail.com).

The giveaway runs until Friday, September 23rd. A name will be chosen on random & announced on Saturday, September, 24th, so make sure you come back & see if you've won. Good luck!

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Fragrant Delivery

A rickshaw full of flowers is on it's way to some place... This painting reminds me of my mama who, no matter what the condition, time or country, would always grab an arm full of flowers before heading to visit someone's home. What a beautiful touch that is!

This painting is 30" x 30" & is available for sale SOLD.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Curious Migration

A conference of multicoloured finches are migrating during a luminous dusk...This painting is 30" x 30" & is available for sale SOLD.

Speaking of flying, be sure to see my "Frequent Flyer" travel interview I did with the lovely Kisha of From India with Love ...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Blue Cypress & Herbs

Daydreaming of summer days spent in the Mediterranean with all it's lush flora & fauna...

This painting is 30" x 30" & is available SOLD.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Melon & Blue

I'm more & more grateful every day that I have been able to make a career out of what I've loved to do since ever I put pencil to paper as a toddler. I never ever take it for granted. & how could I forget all you lovely beautiful people who support my work by tirelessly visiting this blog? You are the bee's knees! I adore hearing from you so please do leave a comment or e-mail me any time!

Some photos of what's been on my mind: An elegant Maharajah from an old Vogue publication, & a photo of my Indian elephant (thanks Sana!), & circle painting in the background. The painting is for sale, contact me at shirinsahba @ gmail . com for details.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Traffic - India!

In my childhood memory I recall New Delhi traffic with a smile...Lounging cows, ambling elephants, bicycles, cars, scooters, auto rickshaws & people together composed a menagerie of comical proportions! These days it can still be just as colourful driving on those same streets. I tried to capture all those amusing little details in this painting.

This painting is 30" x 30" & is available SOLD.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Family Cookbook

My husband & I love to cook! We buy mostly organic produce from these amazing Buddhist farmers here in Beijing, & the rest we get from the local fresh market, which is always an adventure. Naturally we experiment & collect recipes, which we will maybe one day pass down to our future kids, with this design as the cover. It is a re-do of a 1960' French "how-to" book (see the brilliant original here).

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Holiday Activity #3

Although the subject matter is set in the Mediterranean, the simplicity of this painting was inspired by Japanese art & design. The layers of paint are quite translucent to evoke the mood of calm water. It is quite large (39" in diameter) & is currently hanging in our room, which really brightens my mood because its circular shape makes it feel like I'm looking out of a boat window on a clear summer day. Holiday anyone?

This painting is for sale: inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @ gmail.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

You mixed-up Siciliano!

What did we decide to do when some of our favorite people came for a visit? Eat, of course!!