and finally, fernanda and z

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The one on the left is Fernanda (thank you, Lubna) and the one on the right is Z. Z isn’t short for anything. It’s just Z.

feranda and z

feranda and z

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meet amalie. and agnes

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I named this woman Amalie after a friend’s daughter. I imagine the original Amalie will grow up to be this. As for Agnes, that was a friend’s suggestion for the subject of this portrait. But I’d already chosen Amalie, so I decided to introduce another subject. Woof woof!

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the well-dressed, well-coifed bulgarian lady who occasionally cheated

the instagram post that sparked a comment which sparked an idea

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When I started this picture earlier this evening, I was stuck. I knew I wanted to put something on this woman’s head, I just wasn’t sure what. A little ways in I posted my progress on Instagram. Minutes later, my friend Lubna Saif Abbas left a comment: I imagine her with a set of playing cards. I thought that was perfect! Because it allowed a narrative where this woman would have, on her head (well, in her hair) a playing card. So thank you, Lubna, for unsticking me!

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new paintings } square portraits II & III

square portrait II, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

square portrait II, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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two women, two hopes

mai introduces herself. someone's comment on facebook: eve!
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Because this week I’ve been immersed in all things Mai (even this journal is named after her), I’m going to include last night’s ‘The Hidden Light of Objects’ reading photos in this post.

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mai al-nakib’s ‘the hidden light of objects’ } reading and book signing

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I spent a lovely morning with my dear friend mai al-nakib, whose award-winning book 'the hidden light of objects' is out in paperback

I spent a lovely morning with my dear friend mai al-nakib, whose award-winning book ‘the hidden light of objects’ is out in paperback. the reading is tomorrow at 6 pm at the Q8 bookstore adjacent to bayt lothan

Click here for more on Mai Al-Nakib’s ‘The Hidden Light of Objects’ and any upcoming events, articles and accolades!

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new painting } square portrait I

square portrait I, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

square portrait I, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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the book of curtains } me and rui

i dream of rui

i dream of rui

It’s so rare that I’m inspired by contemporary art these days. And when I say ‘inspired’ I mean loving a body of work so much that I’m compelled to emulate it. I’ve been following Rui Tsunoda on Twitter and fell in love with his drawings. For the past two days I’ve been fiddling around with my pencils, markers, watercolors and inks in attempt after attempt to satisfactorily create a piece as dynamic as his. I finally settled on my Book of Curtains and Abraxas inks to fully embrace Rui. I became so frustrated, however; knew that all I had to do was keep going, that it would eventually come together. It finally did when I accidentally spilled my ‘rosa rosen’ ink on my desk (and phone). There was a second of horrific disbelief followed by a wait-a-second-why-not moment. I turned my book over the spill and allowed the paper to absorb the pink ink. And it was complete.

rui's twitter page. i wish i could post some originals here, but if you have twitter, just fly on over there to check it out for yourselves (link above)

rui’s twitter page. i wish i could post some originals here, but if you have twitter, just fly on over there to check it out for yourselves (link above)

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zeri crafts notebook } over under

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zeri crafts notebook } over under

zeri crafts notebook } over under

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watercolor sketchbook } rugface

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watercolor sketchbook } rugface

watercolor sketchbook } rugface

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watercolor sketchbook } rainbow twins

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watercolor sketchbook } rainbow twins

watercolor sketchbook } rainbow twins

for instagram

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Every now and then I put a little effort into an Instagram shot. This isn’t perfect, but the thing I like about Instagram is its ‘homemade’ aspect, and I’m a homemade kind of girly.  Read More

video illustration } take three

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A little over a minute done. I need to get permission for this song and the process is so confusing! Any advice is welcome x Read More

alphabet soup } x is for xanthippe

x is for xanthippe

x is for xanthippe

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video illustration } take two

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Ok, here it is all fixed and 33 seconds in. I’ve moved it from PowerPoint to iMovie, which makes a ton more sense. Please keep in mind that I am using this song without permission, and that it is something I’m working on now. 

watercolor sketchbook } friday funk

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watercolor sketchbook } friday funk

watercolor sketchbook } friday funk

Listen to Natalie Merchant sing My Skin.

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watercolor sketchbook } when in japan

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watercolor sketchbook } when in japan

watercolor sketchbook } when in japan

Listen to Regina Spektor sing Just Like the Movies.

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