In Fate’s Hand – Painting & Charity Auction


This painting has been a bit puzzling for me. Although I’m not unsatisfied with the results, the composition and I suppose just the piece in general was a bit out of the usual for me. I admire artists whose pieces involve lots heavy background work; sceneries, forests, water, etc; but somehow I had moved away from it entirely since university days.

If you follow my work, you may have noticed that nowadays I prefer to work with a mostly a minimal backdrop (white usually). It’s just something I have come to like in my art. There are elements of this piece that I plan on using in the future, although I might not necessarily go this route again in terms of trying to create a full on classical painting. I still find painting nature, trees and such quite interesting; in terms of texture, foliage, etc, but I prefer to incorporate them in the composition without going too heavy on the background. What do you think? Do you think this type of piece wanders too far from my usual style? ๐Ÿ˜„

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In Fate’s Hands, watercolours on paper, 11×14″, 2019

Although I mentioned I prefer not to go the route of a full classical painting, most of my favourite artists would fall under that genre. ๐Ÿ˜… For this painting for example, I was inspired by the work of the French painter Bouguereau. I love how he paints children in particular, because for myself it’s an absolute nightmare. If you follow me on any of social media you’ll have seen me trying to figure out the alien proportions when it comes to kids. ๐Ÿ˜





Auctioning on Ebay didn’t go as planned as I had to create a whole new account for the one painting and I feel it may have impacted how many people actually got to view it. So instead the painting is now available for purchase at the shop. The charity support will stay the same; I’ll still be donating 50% of the sale to the CFFF (just not using Ebay).


This auction will be contributing to a Canadian charity that supports the brave men and women and their families, who don’t get nearly as much recognition as they deserve. 50% of the sale from this painting will be going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Please feel free to share with anyone else you think might be interested. Thankyou.

More info on this charity at


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5 thoughts on “In Fate’s Hand – Painting & Charity Auction

  1. I love it, Shaima! I only recently found your blog and I am enjoying it and your work, immensely! If you feel it wanders from your normal style, I think that’s a good thing – trying different subject matter helps us grow as artists! I hear what you are saying about children and their proportions, one wrong move and you can age them terribly! But yours came out so well, I would never have guessed that they are not a frequent subject of yours. I look forward to following your work and seeing where your journey takes you! Best wishes – Hilda

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    1. Hm, you have a point, I suppose that’s why I wanted to see what would happen if I strayed a little from the usual. Children’s proportions confuse me because usually I’m dealing with adults. That all goes out the window especially when it comes to head-shoulder proportions on kids. ๐Ÿ˜† Thankyou for the lovely comment & feedback, it means a lot. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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