Artist: Heidi Ahmed
Title of piece: “She Dreams of Water”
Inspiration behind piece:
The woman in the painting is a friend of mine named Julie. The Little Mermaid was one of her favorite movies, and she often dreamed of being a mermaid herself. We found a sequin dress at a garage sale for a dollar, and I had just recently purchased a camera. Before we knew it, we had a mermaid photo shoot on our hands. Among the photos, one stood out to me above the rest: the setting sun casting a strong shadow across her face. My aim for this piece was to capture her soft features juxtaposed against the strong light.
Why is she upside down, you might ask? I wanted the viewer to feel as if he/she was falling in and out of reality. This was intentional to help illustrate the idea that she was actually dreaming of water and becoming a mermaid. I used a variety of blues and teals to heighten the aquatic feel. I wanted her hair to look less like hair and more like flowing water. The addition of color to her lips and eyes keep your attention on her face: the dreamer.
1. What does art mean to you?
I personally feel that art is about relationships. I feel this holds true whether it pertains to my relationship to the medium or the connection the viewer is making with the piece itself.
2. What is your favorite medium?
My preferred medium has always been watercolor. It speaks to my personality, and I feel a connection with this medium that is similar to friendship. I fondly remember the moment when watercolor “clicked” for me. I painted two individual wet colors together and watched them blend. While the two colors stayed true to themselves, they created an altogether new and beautiful color where they met. I think this is what happens with me and this medium. We come together to create something new and beautiful.
3. Where is your preference to work on your art?
Fortunately, watercolor does not require a lot of space for working, but I primarily paint in my home studio.
4. What is your greatest aspiration in art?
I aspire to become an expert in my field and would eventually love to author a book on watercolor. To that end, I’ve started fashioning my website into a resource for anyone who is interested in learning watercolor. I want it to be a place where people can view my work, learn techniques, and be inspired to create works of their own.
5. Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)?
Where would I be without the wonderful ladies of Frame Art and Design? They are experts in their craft and help elevate the presentation of the work itself. They have done so much for me over the years, and I honestly would not trust my art with anyone else.
6. Is your artwork on display in the area? Where?
It is not currently on display unless of course you consider my Grandma’s house. 🙂
Note: To us, Heidi, Grandma’s house is the perfect venue. We wish you all the best!
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