watercolor sketchbook } w.i.p.

paint water, palette, sketchbook

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Listen to Elbow’s The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver:

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rusty notebook } afraid?

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what are you feeling today?

what are you feeling today?

I drew this last night. I am overwhelmed. I have so many things coming up in March, I honestly don’t know how it happened. I’m getting worse and worse at visualizing my days beyond ‘tomorrow’. Even that feels abstract to me. I can only visualize ‘now’. Am I rapidly losing my braincells? Maybe, I don’t know. Anyway, I drew this last night. As you can see I had a little fun with white-out. I found the white quite effective so went over a  couple of my previous drawings in this notebook. And I also ripped the cover off. It was hideous and made no aesthetic sense. Read More

the book of curtains } this or this

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watercolor sketchbook } boys leave

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watercolor sketchbook } boys leave

watercolor sketchbook } boys leave

My sister’s cat Nitfa left last night. I’ve been saying this for years: boys leave.

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a nightly session of MOSOT (modular origami stellated octahedron therapy)

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i just made this and now i'm happy

i just made this and now i’m happy

I was having a bit of a blah day, what with certain physical discomforts, a sudden sandstorm and a general feeling of ennui. Until I had a brain pop. Out of the blue I thought about origami and how therapeutic it is if done satisfactorily. And after much web-surfing for clear instructions, a few moments of utter frustration and ultimately deciding to figure it out myself, I made this colorful polyhedron. Look, Mom! I can fold! Read More

watercolor sketchbook } all in the family

dalal abdul-salam is fatma's sister. she has good fashion sense and a great head of hair!
sara kalandar. we both saw the resemblance immediately. sara is my late aunty latifa's younger daughter

sara kalandar. we both saw the resemblance immediately. sara is my late aunty latifa’s younger daughter

The Alkandari clan loves being snapped, so we’re always looking for the next great photo op. So last Thursday I took my watercolor sketchbook to our weekly family lunch. I wanted to match my girls with various relatives, whether by looks or color combos or just a certain je ne sais quoi. I wanted them to be involved in the choice, and I must say they all seemed to pick the right girl for them. Read More

the little ones } these four found

four new little ones unite with their sisters
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I found these four drawings today. I had forgotten all about them, so you can understand my delightful surprise at finding them rather unceremoniously tucked under a pile of notebooks and scrap paper. Poor things. Read More

watercolor sketchbook } infestation

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watercolor sketchbook } infestation

watercolor sketchbook } infestation

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watercolor sketchbook } the four-in-one

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watercolor sketchbook } four-in-one

watercolor sketchbook } the four-in-one

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watercolor sketchbook } will i ever

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the traveling tap 4 } the pantiles } leatherhead, surrey

she's always watching
from the room i sleep in at the pantiles

from the room i sleep in at the pantiles

On a freezing morning in January, Roxie and I took my fourth Traveling Tap out for a walk around my brother’s new home in Leatherhead, Surrey. As always, I put her through the wringer. And as always, she obliged. Click here for more of her adventures. Read More

watercolor sketchbook } pride, prejudice & yellow fever

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pride, prejudice and yellow fever

pride, prejudice and yellow fever

I’m watching Pride & Prejudice. The one with Colin Firth, not Keira Knightley. Sigh. I want to be Lizzie. Read More

david comes back to town

and this is how we cac-ers roll

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What more appropriate song for a fun (and bittersweet) day with Dave than Soft Cell’s Say Hello Wave Goodbye?

I couldn’t be happier when my high school friend David Dobson said he’d be stopping over on his way back from Jaipur to the US. David never fails to make me laugh. And of course what little time we had, at least 60% of it was spent being actively creative. So really, what more can a girl ask for? This time our fun photo shoot took place closer to home, earlier than the birds rise and with my brother Mo and his two amazing dogs Iber and Teton. Oh yes, and the two trucks. Check David’s work here and his last trip to Kuwait here.

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airplane timelines } flight ba157 from london to kuwait } uk part III

we travel to a town called rugby to pick up the girls from a very elaborate 'grease' themed birthday party

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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

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