Saturday, March 31, 2012

New paintings for your Saturday.

Just finished these four paintings. I call them my "Pale and Mild" series after a verse from The Shins' song, "Those to Come" (Pandora randomly played it as I was painting them).

"Eyeless in the morning sun you were  
Pale and mild, a modern girl
Taken with thought, still prone to care 
Makin tea in your underwear." 

What struck me about the lyrics was, it seems like "pale and mild" are always the physical qualities that women have to possess to be seen in media/advertising. These paintings act as a sort of meditation on that notion for me. Each image is based on a video still from various commercials that I appropriated--making the images actual bits and pieces taken directly from media.  

The Bluest Eye, Oil on canvas panel, 8"x10", 2012


Barbed, Oil on canvas panel, 8"x10", 2012


Seek, Oil on canvas panel, 8"x10", 2012


Race, Oil on canvas panel, 8"x10", 2012

And for any of you Pinterest-ers out there, it's always such an honor to have you gals pin my stuff, but please make sure to mention my name in the description (sometimes credit seems to get lost on there pretty quickly).

Cheers friends!

31 comments:

  1. love. i love each one of these...

    ~p

    ps: girl, be careful with pinterest. is there a way to put your name on the images when you post them? i worry about pinterest being a very slippery slope...

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  2. @P, I know. It's a slippery slope indeed. Maybe I'm too trusting, but for now I don't think I want my name on my images--I've always hated the way that looks.

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  3. These are wonderful. I love how your paintings are so thoughtfully conceived.

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  4. Ooh I adore these, especially the third. I really like hearing about your thought process, so thanks for sharing!

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  5. these are beautiful. i always love when you share work!

    as an aspiring artist, i'd love to ask you some questions- is there any way i can get in touch with you? is email too shady?

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  6. beautiful!!!
    you are so amazingly talented. it almost feels like you paint like a photographer ;)

    ps just to chime in on the name on images thing above: i've had a lot of issues with finding my wedding photography on other peoples websites, it's so annoying! i haven't found a fool proof way to stop people from stealing my stuff yet:( good luck with it.

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  7. Kimia I just love your style. It's great to hear what was going through your head while you created these lovelies too. Way more personal.

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  8. Oh, Wow! I love all of these. I am particularly drawn to the last two. Any pictures of a light haired girl beside a dark haired girl remind me of me an my sister as children. She had long blonde, silky hair and fair skin- and, of course I was the dark one. But I didn't have flowing locks. I had a long and brambly afro:-)

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  9. Lovely and expressive! Have a good week!

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  10. I love knowing about the inspiration behing the art...these are beautiful. Kimia, I have to agree~ just think about putting your name in some teeny tiny corner! :) Sometimes, I spend an hour trying to figure out the true source for an image and I hate to think of your beautiful paintings getting lost in that mix. xx

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  11. @neda, ahhhh maybe you're right. I think as much as I've resisted doing that, it might just be time.

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  12. Beyond words . . .

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  13. What beautiful paintings! I love the movement and colors of them...and it's always fun to hear where inspiration comes from :)

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  14. I think these might be my favorites. Especially Seek. I love the story about them the most.

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  15. Beautiful, love them.



    Tab
    my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com

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  16. @hollie, I'm with you on "Seek".

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  17. These are so beautiful, and such a fascinating subject.

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  18. Gorgeous paintings Kimia, you are so talented! I know what you mean about the pale and mild thing, sometimes it bothers me even in the images that are so prevalent in the blogging world, and it's an interesting thought to muse as to why.

    xo Mary Jo

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  19. very beautiful... and in a way they're very expressive!

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  20. Amazing! In love with that first one.

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  21. Very lovely--- I especially like Seek!

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  22. Seek is my favorite. YOu are so talented. Did you paint these here in the US or did you start them in India? Now that you are home are you feeling more creative or is it the same?

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  23. @luli, all these are post-India. Being back has made me feel so much more creative because I have all my supplies and a great studio.

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    1. That's what I was thinking. I'm so happy for you! Keep painting...

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  24. Seek is so beautiful, Kimia!

    Hope all is well with you :)

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  25. Nice to catch up again - wonderful movement in these painting and i am loving the touch of dusky pink..

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  26. You are so talented. These are amazing! I know everyone else has said it, but I agree, the feeling of movement is amazing in these.

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  27. love your works! :) you an artist!

    please visit my blog:
    http://www.lusciousstyle.blogspot.com/

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  28. J'aime votre peinture.

    Bonjour de France

    Manon

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