Last May or June I was commissioned by my brother to paint a portrait of Paul Newman. His only conditions were that he wanted the painting to be large and that Paul Newman was wearing his Rolex Daytona watch. So in effect, this is a double portrait.
Anyway, Paul wasn’t that big of a challenge. The watch on the other hand… Read More
On my last trip to London I bought a new sketchbook from Green and Stone’s, no surprise. It has been rather difficult to find a sketchbook with the right degree of soft- to roughness ratio and absorption. When I bought this one, I felt I’d found the one. As lovely as the paper is, it still doesn’t measure to the paper in my marble sketchbook, which was so conducive to that perfect sketch.
Anyway. I wasn’t planning on documenting the pages in this book because frankly I felt my sketches were boring and somewhat perfunctory. But as I went deeper into it, and discovered how to work with the paper, it started to make more sense to me visually. I realized that this sketchbook should be viewed as an evolutionary progression rather than a series of individual drawings. So here are the first seventeen pages of my new sketchbook. Read More
I’ve been missing the olden days. But that’s how I live, basking in my past, because I tend to be less judgmental of that Ghadah. And for some reason it’s always the good memories that filter through, don’t you think? I miss Raw Epistle, and going back and reading my friends’ letters has inspired me to write again.
One of the things I love about being at my brother and his family’s Surrey home is the immediate burst of inspiration I get. From the ever-changing landscape to the three overgrown greenhouses in the wooded area, my heart always swells with excitement! How could I not integrate my work with the nature and architecture the Pantiles has to offer? It was only natural that I do. Read More
What a perfect little trip I took. All across the board, from finally visiting the Dennis Severs House, to successful shopping sprees, to a dear friend’s wedding. And even the pitfalls were to laugh about almost immediately. But alas with a most wonderful trip, comes a tremendous dip. I was feeling the anti-climax all day yesterday. Today I’m reasonably fine, because there are many things about being here which excite me (like my beloved PGB for example). Plus I can begin to plan my next trip to my sweetheart London. Read More
This post is not about Manifesto 13. It’s about this red and black schoolbook that Dalal Al-Nafisi (founder of Manifesto 13) gave me when I visited the art center with Zainab this morning. I do want to go back and do some proper snooping around (unfortunately I’d forgotten my phone this morning. I couldn’t take photos so borrowed Z’s). Hopefully soon I’ll have a proper M13 post.
I’ve also included some photos from a trip Z and I took to the ‘Wig Mall’ (a shopping center with every hair-related product you can think of) just because of how bizarre it was.
Check out what’s happening at Manifesto 13 here.
As I was cleaning this morning I was listening to music from my iTunes library. After Alexi Murdoch’s Song For You ended, I heard my voice. I walked up to my computer to see what it was but the recording was untitled. Then I heard someone else’s voice: Simon’s. I had forgotten about these 14 minutes of our time spent together. I wasn’t in the habit of recording our conversations, but at the time I was working on an audio project. I remember us deciding to just record ourselves casually conversing as we so often did. After hearing the recording I was curious about the napkin. I sort of had an idea which one it was. I scrolled down my category list and there it was: one item listed under…Napkin.
It’s not that old, but it’s acquired that ancient crinkle: my NYT Sunday Crossword Puzzle book from 2008. I’ve decided to solve the unfinished puzzles and use it simultaneously as a sketchbook. It works for me and I hope it works for you too. Read More