Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Love as Light as Air

This is my attempt to capture the profound love a mama has for her little one with it's limitless, pure & radiant joy. I've been more & more trying to encapsulate a mood or feeling with my use of colour, as I feel more inclined to paint from a place of spiritual emotion now that I am a parent myself. I created a very reflective gold leaf-like pattern in the ground inspired again by the mobiles & stabiles of the artist Alexander Calder. This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available for sale SOLD.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pomegranate Flowers

My mama's name was Golnar; it literally translates into "fire flower" in Persian, otherwise known as a pomegranate flower. That beautiful fruit filled with sweet rubies has always reminded me of her every since I can remember, & when she passed away I always took it as a good omen of wonderful things to come when I would come across them. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that the floors of my new home in Barcelona were tiled with pomegranates & flowers when I first moved in. This painting was inspired by her creative & optimistic spirit of adventure. I hope that you too will always see those sweet blossoms throughout your own life...This painting is available FOR SALE, all inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com

Thursday, November 10, 2016

All The Wonder

There is nothing like a child marveling at the magic of something so simple, so ethereal & beautiful. The really rare & precious thing is to find adults who retain this sense of wonderment until older age despite all the dark days they might experience in life...I have been looking to the colour field painters such as Mark Rothko & Leon Berkowitz a great deal lately for a certain softness in capturing moods...This painting is available for sale SOLD.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Above The Luminous


I admit, I never thought that the beloved King of Thailand would pass away the day that I would release a painting depicting his royal barge. Thailand is a special land for me, one where I traveled to while still in utero with my mama. Years later I would take my own baby in utero to travel it's gorgeous waters & land. There are only a few secret spots in the world where the coral is still bright & glowing, where humans have not yet fully desecrated nature's diverse & majestic beauty...My biggest fear is that my own child will grow up to see their full extinction...
This painting is available for sale, please inquire at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Always with Papa

This is the day & age to celebrate the men in our lives who have decided to go against the grain of society & be ever-present in the lives of their families, often sacrificing everything for quality time...These are the men that will redefine true masculinity & will help raise the children of the future in a beautiful world wherein the equality of men & women will no longer just be a dream, but will become a reality. Inspired by the vivid & surreal colours of North Africa...This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Cactus Kind of Love

​It's a unique kind of love that appreciates cacti more than the standard bouquet of roses...​
After my summer spent in the cactus gardens of Barcelona as well the surreal desert of Arizona, I felt I needed to explore my love of succulents & cacti further...In Arizona I especially fell under the spell of the Opuntia macrocentra, a particularly gorgeous specimen of prickly pear cactus​ that happens to be lavender in colour! ​
This painting is on a circular stretcher canvas that is 31.5" in diameter, & is available for sale SOLD.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Another Art Giveaway!?

Allo allo! I'm feeling in the mood for another art giveaway! I'm giving away a giclée limited edition print, signed & numbered by yours truly...This giveaway is now closed....And the winner is....CARLOTTA LUDECKE!! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Holiday Activity #9

This swimmer dives into clear translucent water with barely a splash...Having spent most of my summer weekends on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea this summer, I've been basking in the beauty of the glittering turquoise blue waters & colourful array of people lounging under their bright umbrellas. 

This painting is 31.5" (80 cm) in diameter canvas stretcher (handmade by local artisanal carpenters here in Barcelona, using only the highest quality materials). All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Desert Dance


What better place to dance
​ like no one is watching​
 tha
​n
 in the beautiful silence of a majestic desert
​? 
This painting is inspired by my very recent travels through the Navajo region in Arizona; particularly the incredible colours & patterns of Antelope Canyon & it's surrounding desert landscape.
This painting
​ is
​ a​
 
​30" x 30"
 ​
canvas 
stretcher
​ (handmade 
​by
 
​local 
artisanal carpenters here in Barcelona
​, using only the highest quality materials​
) & is available
FOR SALE
. All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blooming Barcelona


 ​Somewhere in Barcelona in the fragrant hills of Montjuïc, there lies a beautiful cactus garden hidden from the bustle of tourists...These cacti connoisseurs are documenting a rare blooming specimen. Inspired by the lush paintings of Henri Rousseau. 
This painting is 31.5" in diameter is available for sale SOLD.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

After the Monsoon

Lovers meet in the depths of a lush jungle; the air is fragrant after the rains. ​Inspired by Mughal Empire miniatures & the paintings of Henri Rousseau.  
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available for sale SOLD.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Her Earthly Elegance

Maybe you know this woman. There is a lightness to the elegance of her strength. There is nobility in the artistry of her walk. Alone, strong & vulnerable, the odds stacked against her, adorned in her otherness as she bravely ventures into the unknown...
The playful pattern on the ground of this painting is inspired directly from one of my favorite sculptures of all time, Alexander Calder. Specifically his mobiles & stabiles have enchanted me since childhood.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter​ & is available FOR SALEAll inquiries are more than welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Le Jardin

Perhaps this character is headed to meet a friend for a quick mint-tea & a chat...A portrait of Morocco as a direct homage to Henri Matisse, one of my main artistic inspirations growing up.
This painting is 31.5" in diameter & is available
FOR SALE SOLD.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mama Draws...

Another anniversary of your passing into the next world has come & gone mama...When I see my little boy's love of drawing (a marker is the first thing he requests when he opens his eyes), I am reminded of your love of it & all the magic you would create in this earthly life...I like to think you are still drawing all that you see...& what magnificent & illuminated drawings they must be! I cannot possibly imagine mama...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Escaping The Souk

Whizzing past the kaleidoscope of colours & patterns that compose the Medina of Marrakech, these two are off on an adventure! 
Inspired by my very recent travel through Morocco; I have always found the intense beauty of North Africa to be deepy moving..​.I made sure to include all the details I especially loved about the souk, down to each patterned djellaba (pointy hooded robes) & beautiful babouches (pointed leather slippers).
This painting is a 30" x 30" canvas stretcher & is available FOR SALE. All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ode to Miró

An expecting mama contemplates the horizon, her dress afloat, facing the unknown adventures that lie before her...An hommage to one of my favorite painters from Catalonia, but also a tribute to all new mamas awaiting the grandest adventure of all...This painting is 31.5"​ on a ​circular shaped ​canvas stretcher & is FOR SALE SOLD.
Here are some photos of my little family & I at the Miró museum this past week...

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the Sound of Her Own Tambura

​She softly plays her melodious tambura as she basks in the glowing moonlight within a vivid crimson garden...​Inspired by the miniatures of the Mughal Empire, with all it's exquisite & ornate details.
The painting is available FOR SALE SOLD.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In My Solitude

A single & elegant cypress tree stands alone in a sunny landscape. The golden hues of yellow in the ground are interlaced with delicate & detailed foliage. The sky are cool aquamarines melting into warmer tones in an attempt to catch the beautiful & mystical Mediterranean sunlight. I have recently made a big move to Barcelona, Spain. This painting is a reflection on returning to the Mediterranean to begin a new life... 

This painting
​ is 31.4" x 31.4" (80 x 80 cm) on a handmade canvas 
stretcher & is FOR SALE. All inquiries are welcome at shirinsahba @gmail.com.