watercolor sketchbook } polkadot face

lavendar's blue

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As long as we’re talking about my Watercolor Sketchbook, I thought I’d share some extra photos taken around my brother’s new home in Surrey. Read More

UK days } part I } days one, two & the day before

i meet these lovely ladies too. from left to right: maha, rania, nermeen and rania (who i'd met a few trips back)

Because I didn’t have time in the city, and when I went to Surrey there was no wi-fi, I could not update my blog on a regular basis. I’ve divided this series of posts into six parts: four parts covering my stay in the UK, a Traveling Tap post and a Stories of Eve post. As always it was great to see my friends and visit new places in London. And then a relaxing three days with my brother and his family in Surrey (and an unplanned trip to a town called Rugby). Read More

watercolor sketchbook } blue

red, gold and blue
watercolor sketchbook } blue

watercolor sketchbook } blue

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You know I love to use color. This time I challenged myself to stick to blues: prussian, cobalt and ultramarine. I actually enjoyed having a limited color choice and may try this on a larger surface.

Listen to Fun Boy Three Our Lips are Sealed.

red, gold and blue

red, gold and blue

a great day without an end

george on a stamp and george. i loved this exhibition because it has a time-capsule sort of quality. it's like a 3D album of a time gone by, both an intimate and public look at a slice of this fictional candidate's political life
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All photos with an asterisk* are by Reem Algharabali.

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the book of curtains } secrets without words

a couple from june

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watercolor sketchbook } pretty green bullet

pgb13

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Listen to the White Stripes Fell in Love With a Girl:

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watercolor sketchbook } rubberband girl

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Listen to Kate Bush Rubberband Girl because one thing led to another.

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ghost houses & rooftop markets

how precious is this? and sad too. a tiny mosque protected. this situation speaks volumes to me, and the emotions it elicits are boiling up my chest. it makes me want to cry and throw up
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If you are interested in learning more about Madeenah’s tours, please follow them on Instagram @madeenahkw. Read More

the little ones } inspired by a doodle this morning

my kingdom for a sharpener } as many erasers as exist in this home, i can never find a sharpener. i have no sharpeners. so i improvise (ps. the white pencil in this picture was not sharpened by one of my improvisational sharpeners)
the doodle that re-began it all. it's not really a doodle but i think you know what i mean

the doodle that re-began it all. it’s not really a doodle but i think you know what i mean

A few months ago I drew some pictures and called them ‘The Little Ones’ because they’re little. And they’re cute. This morning, instead of cleaning my home I picked up the above piece of paper that I’d used to serve as a masking device for one of my paintings, and I wrote some notes on it. Then I accidentally spilled some oatmeal on it and covered that with pencil and a spirally doodle. Then I drew a face, made a mistake on the nose, colored over it with a white pencil and decided to do the same with the eyes and mouth and got this really cool effect. And then it inspired me to create a few more drawings for ‘The Little Ones’ series.

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new old painting

painting feature
this afternoon yet a new beginning

this afternoon yet a new beginning

Sometimes I start a painting and leave it for a while. A few weeks or months later I begin another painting on top of that one, and again I stop. This is my fourth painting on this canvas since April. I had a feeling this one would stick, and it did. I’m very happy with it. Read More

my fifteen for 2014

their favorite: in the garden with gingersnaps and mashrabiya-inspired tea napkins

15 for 14Is it officially a tradition if this is the second time you do something on the anniversary of the last time you did it? Well, I’m going to call it a tradition, just as next Christmas my children and I will have gained a tradition of putting up a Christmas tree, because we put up our first this year. And on that confusing note, I present my favorite fifteen posts~sketchbooks~discoveries~events of 2014.  Read More

a rainy november day in junieh with david and hussein

i love this
hussein (left) and david look through my journal

hussein (left) and david look through my journal before we head out for a quick tour and lunch

This is long overdue. I have been meaning to write a post about my visit to my new friends David Habchy and Hussein Nakhal’s Junieh studio since November. I ‘met’ David via Instagram (you must check out his gallery here) and flew to Beirut in October mainly to meet him. I wanted to explore his Beirut, his Lebanon. And he didn’t disappoint. My only grievance is that I only spent one day with him and his Waraq co-founder Hussein (the other two co-founders of this collective are Joan Baz and Ashley Choukeir, who I would like to meet someday). Check out Hussein’s Instagram gallery here. Read More

watercolor sketchbook } night creeps in

watercolor sketchbook
night creeps in

night creeps in

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