international women’s day with dj maha, mai and me

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Mai and I look like seasoned pros. I’m a little under the weather but was jacked up by the mere presence of my dear friend Mai and the wonderful DJ Maha.

For International Women’s Day (celebrating it all week on RK99.7 Radio Kuwait), I was invited to co-host the Drive Back with DJ Maha. I was lucky enough to be on Tuesday’s show which features an incredible selection of alternative music. I was asked to choose a woman I admire and I chose my very special friend Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib. It was a little nerve-racking at first but I think we soon got the hang of it! Below is the complete interview, including today’s very awesome, estrogen-filled music. Listen and enjoy!

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the cabaret

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The Cabaret, Act I, Page I

I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but I hope to go somewhere with this. Read More

paul newman complete

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Paul Newman, 2015-2017, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 140 cm

Finally it’s done! Paul Newman, it’s been a pleasure. Rolex, thank you for the challenge. Read More

the poly’s bid a grand farewell to CAP

What kind of a poly-mistress would I be if I didn’t allow my polyhedra to leave with somewhat of a bang? Naturally there was lots of play involved in packing my beloved ‘stars’, but lots of sweat too!

I want to thank my new friend and sister-in-arms Azza for helping me out this morning. Read More

until } reem algharabali’s photos

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This was the main image used for promoting the event. The painting itself proved to be quite popular and found a really good home. The exhibition is up until February 22.

Months of work came to fruition last Wednesday with the opening of my latest show Until at the Contemporary Art Platform. It was a crazy night, a reunion of sorts. And what better way to share the event with those who couldn’t make it than with pictures. This first batch was taken by my very dear friend Reem Algharabali. Read More

new painting } ice-cream and a ladybug

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Ice-Cream and a Ladybug, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm

This painting started with the eponymous ice-cream and ladybug. I was babysitting my nephew Khaldoun, had three empty canvases prepped for painting and thought: why not let him play a little?  Read More

new painting } come in/come close/come together

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Come in/Come Close/Come Together, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240 cm

All I’m going to say about this painting is that I miss companionship. Read More

folkyflo & the little eves

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Eno and the Little Eves. He got along so well with the girls.

A few weeks ago I introduced everyone to FolkyFlo Eve. And now it’s time to introduce you to the Little Eves. The idea of a smaller Eve arose when I felt the original Eve was a little too cumbersome and conspicuous for me to carry around. So I kept her with friends (she had a great time, but  I’ll leave this for later posts) while Laura and I concentrated on creating a smaller Eve that was more portable. A side note: when I told my friend Reem Algharabali about this mini version of Eve, she suggested that Laura add a hole at the bottom of her torso (there’s no way to explain this without it sounding sexual, sorry) for inserting a stick. This is so Reem could take her to festivals and raise her above the crowds: Festival Eve. But only Reem will call her that.  Read More

watercolor paintings } tree woman 01 & 02

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Tree Woman 01

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Tree Woman 02

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new painting } the eves and thilo

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The Eves & Thilo, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm

I finished this painting around ten days ago, and instead of photographing myself with it as I usually do with my finished paintings, I wanted to share that fun with a few of the special women in my life. Thanks to my sister Yasmine for thinking about asking her colleague photographer Thilo Mayer to take the pictures, which he so generously did. It was so spontaneous, and what was going to be an afternoon of fun with my girlfriends turned into an afternoon of fun with my girlfriends and Thilo! Oh, and Eve, who is currently staying with Fatma Bodoma, but I’ll leave that for another post. Read More

new painting } eves at the forum

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Eves at the Forum, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm

I started this painting in late July, and until I finished it two days ago, it had been driving me mad. For the longest time I kept denying that the painting felt wrong, that I even hated it. I put it away for weeks, in avoidance and resentment for the subjects it portrayed. It’s the worst feeling ever, painting-wise. When I brought it back out and looked at it hard and strong-and admitted that some of the faces had to go-I got both a feeling of relief and an overwhelming sense that there was a lot of work to be done. And so many problems to solve. I worked so long on this painting that not only did I pose once with it for Instagram, not twice, but four times! We did end things on good terms and all is fantastic in the world again. Read More

new painting } eve to eve

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Eve to Eve, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 230 cm

I started this painting before my trip to London beginning of this month and let it marinate for a while until two days ago. I have made a promise to never end a painting until I love it, and I’m crazy about this one.  Read More

the reincarnation of eve

I have been following Laura Bevan on Instagram for a while now. As I do with many artist friends I’ve ‘met’ on Instagram, I like a lot of her posts/artwork. But it’s her dolls I fell in love with. Because I’m always up for a collaboration, I asked her if she would create an Eve for me, in a larger size. She agreed and a few weeks later I am now united with my FolkyFlo Eve. And because I happen to be in London, I picked her up personally from Laura, who I feel like I’ve known all my life. Read More

new watercolor } the care

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New watercolor } The Care

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new painting } comet

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Comet, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Sorry about the quality of this photo. I’m getting these paintings professionally photographed for CAP in November.

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