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Progression of my Roxxanne painting. It feels good to paint something from scratch, from my own concept and reference photographs. Thanks to everyone who followed along on my Instagram Story. For those of you that did, did you like seeing the work in progress? Is it something I should keep doing? Thank you! #oilpainting #oilpaint #painting #dance #bellydance #dancer #bellydancer #raqssharqi #wip #workinprogress #portraitpainting #fineart #art #artoninstagram

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I completed my latest painting! It features Belly Dancer, educator, and filmmaker, Roxxanne Shelaby ( @roxxanneraqs ). She is a prominent figure in the Los Angeles belly dance scene, of Lebanese and Brazilian descent, and the creator behind the informative belly dance documentary, The Fez. The details on this costume were challenging, thanks to the amazing work of belly dance couturier, Eshta Amar ( @eshtabellydance ), but overall I am happy with the result. Oil paint on 30×40 Belgian linen canvas. (A side note on Belgian linen: it's the first time I have painted on it, and it's fricking great, you guys. It's like going from 1-ply to 2-ply toilet paper. I don't know how I am going to go back.) #oilpainting #oilpaint #painting #portraitpainting #bellydancer #bellydance #raqssharqi #dance #dancer #danceportrait #fredrixcanvas #belgianlinen #fineart #art #artoninstagram

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Evolution of a painting. Sometimes, I feel like I am not making any progress working on one part for so long, so I like to take progress pictures after every painting session to show me how far it has come since the last time I put down the paintbrush. Here are a few to show the progression. #painting #oilpaint #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #art #fineart #workinprogress #wip #bellydance #bellydancer #shamadan #dance #dancer #artoninstagram #portraitpainting


We didn't do too much in Rome today. We tried to go see the Trevi Fountain, but it was dry and under restoration. In the afternoon, I met up with the beautiful Barbara to do a photo shoot at the Villa Cellimontana. She is an American Tribal Style belly dancer here in Rome, with grace and a kind spirit. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to photograph a dancer on the other side of the world! Truly a dream fulfilled! #bellydance #ats #tribalstyle #italy #vacation #rome #bellydancer #travel