to revisit an old companion II

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i’m looking at her

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girls & the pantiles

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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

uk days } the most wonderful trip

june 25 } i went on my first (too) successful shopping spree thursday morning. this is my favorite shoe store ever: irregular choice. the spectrum of shoes ranged from sophisticated quirky to outer-galactic zany. of course my preference was the former
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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

clownface from space

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You may already know this about me but I get distracted easily. I was supposed to work on a commissioned painting today but ended up doing this…

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and this…

Music is The Answer by UNKLE.

I’ll go work on that painting now.

my new schoolbook from manifesto 13

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eve pays attention in class

eve pays attention in class

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.

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conversation around a napkin

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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.

the ivy leaguers } short ivy tall ivy

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short ivy tall ivy

short ivy tall ivy

Music is Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.

watercolor sketchbook } left hand on blue

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watercolor sketchbook } left hand on blue

watercolor sketchbook } left hand on blue

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to revisit an old companion

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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

librarian & the overdue book

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hairdresser/client confidentiality

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watercolor sketchbook } pouty pouty

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I haven’t pouted for a while. I haven’t really needed to. Read More

chris johns comes to town

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chris and reem in lidia al-qattan's 'house of mirrors'

chris and reem in lidia al-qattan’s ‘house of mirrors’

how happy you made my home

how happy you made my home

Yogi master guru wallah (just don’t know what to call him!) Chris Johns has come and gone. I love receiving friends in Kuwait. They tend to land like hurricanes and leave a trail of good memories in their wake. It’s so bittersweet, and I always look forward to more [desirable] visitors. Because I was busy enjoying my time with Chris and Reem, I neglected my blog and am so behind. Once you go through the photos you’ll understand why. Read More

coral and yazoo

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I must say that these girls are in demand! And that suits me fine because I’m enjoying my time spent creating them. Coral and Yazoo rock to Madness’s Baggy Trousers. Read More

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.

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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

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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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