Contemporary Artist Marwa Altantawi

New Home for RuinedBrush

New beginning, new challenges, and new possibilities.

It’s been awhile since my last post. I have been working on my website and I am delighted to say it’s online now. There are still a lot of work to do on it but I think it’s ready to have visitors.
I am also moving my blog to the website, but you can still see the posts on your WordPress reader if you followed the website. You will find Follow RuinedBrush button on the right sidebar on the blog page on the website.
I would love to see you there, visit RuinedBrush website.


Close up of Painting #38, WIP.

Painting by Marwa Altantawi
Sneak peek of painting #38

Close up of Painting #37, WIP.

It is always exciting to paint something you never painted before.

Painting by Marwa Altantawi
Sneak Peek of Painting #37

Sneak Peek of Painting #36

I woke up early in this morning to work on painting #36. I have been busy the past few days setting up my print shop and did not have much time for painting. It is 4 am here in Jeddah, and I am hoping this painting will be done by noon.

I am using a reference photo by PublicDomainArchive from

Painting by Marwa Altantawi
Sneak Peek of Painting #36


What’s Next?

What’s Next?

For now, I am busy cleaning up my studio/home and finding a place to store the paintings. I learned the hard way that I can’t store the paintings on top of each other and I should leave some space in between them.


Next Project:

I also went yesterday shopping and bought some art supplies. I like how productive I was the last month and I decided to continue painting small, and my next project will be to complete 100 paintings before the end of April. I already did 30 paintings and there are 70 paintings to do.

Blog and Newsletter:

I will be posting more frequently, and if you don’t want to receive an email each time I publish a post you can update your preferences for the Newsletter subscription from New Blog Post – Daily into New Blog Post – Weekly at any time, and you will be receiving only one email each week on Saturday with all the blog posts. I also added new options Special Offers to the Newsletter.

My Favorite Paintings for January:

Thank you all for all the likes and comments.

Updated to correct the month from March to April.

Thirty Paintings in a Month

30 in 30 Challenge, Collage.
Many thanks to all of you for your support!!

Preparing for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

Yesterday I start preparing for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge in January 2017. I decided to paint small, so I bought small canvas panels sizes 9″x12″ and 8″x10″, and two wood panels size 9″x12″ for the challenge.


I am thinking cityscapes for the theme.
I will also be using drying linseed oil instead of refined linseed oil. Some of the paintings will be for sale, and hopefully, my Facebook shop will be ready by then. I already joined fine art america and I will add them there too.
Do you plan to join the challenge? What is the obstacle that’s stopping you?

Things To Think About Before Starting An Art Business

When it comes to building an art business there are a lot to figure out. To help myself stay organized and focus I wrote a list of things I want to go through to decide what’s next for my art, and I thought it might help other artists and photographers with their own art business.

  • Other than your original artworks, what is it that you want to offer: prints, art lessons, others?
  • Will your art business be about teaching art and art lessons?
  • Will you be offering your art as prints and products?
  • Will your prints be limited editions or open editions?
  • How to make the best prints for your work?
  • How to photograph your work?
  • Do you want a gallery to present your work?
  • Do you want to participate in art contests?
  • Are planning to submit your work in an art show this year?
  • When it comes to selling original work, can you explain your work?
  • To whom you want to sell your art? (individuals, Art investors, art collectors, other?)
  • Do you consider creating affordable original artworks?
  • How do you want to market your work?
  • What social media you want to market your work on?
  • What hashtags to use?
  • What are the best websites for artists to join?

That’s what I have for now. Wish you the best of luck with your art business. Enjoy your day! 🙂

Gallery Antique, Color Study

Another try with broken color technique, maybe I need to be bold with my brushwork. I was also trying to overcome few challenges, as mixing orange and green, and I think I made my colors muddy.

I like this scene, there are beautiful framed artworks displayed on the front of the store.

Gallery Antique, color study, oil paints on canvas, 6″x4″.

The composition in the study is different than the one in the sketch. The Gallery antique shop is wider and closer to the middle. The values are also different. I might do another study to try out other ideas, and maybe use some turquoise this time. You know how much I love turquoise.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day! 🙂

RuinedBrush Update

I am excited to share that RuinedBrush has moved to a new domain which is Also, you can now sign up for RuinedBrush Newsletter in this link.

Enjoy your day! 🙂

Last update at 19:17 (UTC+3).

Through The Trees, SOLD

I am delighted to share that Through The Trees painting was sold last Thursday, and for some reason, I was too attached to it, maybe because of its serene mood or maybe because of its greenish blue color.
The painting is also available as prints at, Redbubble, and Society6 shops.

Many thanks to mira.s_27 for giving me the permission to use her photograph as a reference to this painting and to sell the painting (original painting & its prints) that I produce using her photograph.

Have a happy day! 🙂

Preparing the painting to send it to its new home. Through the Trees, Oil paints on canvas, 16″x12″ – SOLD


Color Study #4

Trying more ideas for a large 20″x30″ canvas.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a happy day! 🙂

Untitled, color study #4 on canvas


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