private artwork

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900)
“Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea” (1891)
Oil on canvas
Currently in a private collection

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HI ^o^ Sorry for being inactive this week ahaha I got sick and the medicine I drink at night makes me super sleepy so I end up dozing off early ++ I still have to go to work because I’m saving up my vacation days ;;v;;

Anyway! I’m also answering && compiling asks right now (around 3k) – I’m so sorry I let them pile up ;;v;; I have some sets from … since what … October … I was wondering if it’s still okay to answer them (or not… they probably hate me now hhhh) ahaha I’m so sorry I feel so ashamed aksjhdkjsafsdf

anonymous asked:

hi, i just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your amazing works.. you dont essentially have to answer if you dont want, but i was raised in a southasian muslim family that has challenging views against pursuing art as a career (or, sometimes even as a hobby,) and youre one of my largest motivations to keep going, publicly or privately, with artwork. there are many such artists whose background i relate to on the internet, but you have inspired me from the beginning. so thank you fira!

Hello! I’m so happy to receive an ask frm a fellow muslim!

At some point of time my parents also disagreed on me pursuing art as a career (bcos they thought its hard to get jobs & sometimes religious values). My dad especially dislike to see me draw infront of him lol so i used to stay up at night with my table light on to draw. Though i’m very lucky to have them who can tolerate and understands.

I worked really hard to prove and convinced them that there’s more to art than just beautiful pictures. With art you can convey messages to people. You can express morals, history and culture to those who sees it. Art moves people’s heart, thats a fact. 

And without you realizing its already a form of Da’wah, bcos you’re exposing Islam towards general public in a time where the religion is always portrayed as violence and hatred.

In fact Islam is full of arts (from patterns, typography, architectures, poetry, etc) and the religion never said that you cant enjoy it, whats more a hobby. Whats important is that you dont worship it lol. Always remember that art is an expression, it conveys messages towards people in the heart.

I hope that this little rant of mine will give you more strength and confidence in your passion, that there is no wrong if you knew and make sure you do it for good purposes. And i hope your family can see this too in the near future. Amin~ ^_____^

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Lucien Guitry and Granne Granier (1895)

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“Danaïdes” (1903)
Oil on canvas
Currently in a private collection

In Greek mythology, the Daughters of Danaus (also known as Danaids, Danaides or Danaïdes), were the fifty daughters of Danaus, who were to marry the fifty sons of Danaus’s twin brother Aegyptus, a mythical king of Egypt. In the most common version of the myth, all but one of them killed their husbands on their wedding night, as ordered by their father, and are condemned to spend eternity in Tartarus to carry a jug to fill a bathtub without a bottom (or with a leak) to wash their sins off.

“I just want to take a dip in his daydreams…” August 30. IG Twitter

“I don’t want to get flowers from him, and get taken to nice places. I don’t want to be showered with compliments, and be shown off to his friends. I want to be inside his head. I want to be who he wanders off to once he starts daydreaming. I want to take a grip on his thoughts, the way he has on mine.“