One of natures true wonders is the starry sky. It’s so freaking* beautiful. My grandma and I share this love, and for this Christmas I wanted to make her something special. You wouldn’t believe the journey this painting had in the airport. Also it’s funny because apparently my grandma asked me to make a painting with mountains a long time ago. I completely forgot, but heh this makes up for it, right?
It was really sweet to hear my grandma talk about her fascination with the stars and space. I related with her since I felt the same way. I wanted to create a painting that not only captures the beauty of the night sky, but also serves as a reminder to stop and smell the stars…err, flowers (haha). I used a giant canvas because when you look at it in person, it almost feels like you’re looking through a window. I added a tiny telescope and city to further emphasize it’s vastness. A couple other details I’d like to highlight are the water – I used liquid glass to give it additional texture and a reflective surface. I also added specks of glitter to the stars so that when walking past it you can see it sparkle.
I always look to the stars when I’m stressed to remind me that life is short, and that in the vast scheme of things the little frustrations or gigantic worries aren’t that important. I wanted to capture nature’s beauty and not just imitate it, but rather reinvent it with multiple elements to create a unique piece.
In regards to getting this painting to my grandma…so apparently this painting was too big to go on the plane, and you can’t keep it in front of your legs. So I got to the airport and it was 30 minutes before boarding. The staff said you can check it in, or just bring it through security and have it checked in last at the aircraft. It seemed like a risk, but I knew it’d be better than just tossing it in with the luggage. I go into security, and since it can’t fit in the machine they had to inspect it by hand. Unfortunately, I had to remove the wrapping and consequently throw it away. I get to the plane in the nick of time, only to find out that they can’t really put a tag on it since it’s a canvas.
After praying hard, the flight attendants kindly offered to keep it in the back of the plane. The painting was safe, undamaged, and I was able to deliver it in one piece. I’m so grateful to God and to Southwest’s staff, their kindness made my holiday even greater. I’m sincerely grateful and I hope y’all have a happy holiday as well!
(Also, I’m sorry for not posting in a while. I had my website updated to be friendly on all sizes thanks to the wonderful Ashley, from Dinosaur Stew – I’ve been super active on instagram, so for more insight into my art and life follow me @janineibrahim!)
*Since I’m trying to remain professional, I have used this word in replacement of a curse word. I curse, but I try to refrain sometimes haha.