my green & stone sketchbook } four sketches on a hot, steamy day

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back when you and i danced in the early 1920s

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Back When You and I Danced in the Early 1920s

Music is What Are You Fighting For by Tindersticks.

new painting } bocce girls

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Bocce Girls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 180 cm

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from yesterday to today, one thing leads to another

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How’s this for a chain reaction: two nights ago I invited some friends over to watch the Iceland vs. France match with me. That night one of those people, my dear friend Lubna, returned my ring after generously getting it all polished and new for me. The next day, yesterday, I felt it imperative that I photograph that ring for Instagram (of course!). But (of course again) I needed a complementary backdrop, so I started a watercolor just for it.

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This is my ring: ‘Ghain’ by architect and calligrapher Fareed Abdal. It’s the letter my name starts with in Arabic. I left the painting abstract because I liked it the way it was and started another.

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discommon } my unexpected date with a straight razor

I could've played with you all day. These origami polyhedra were created with paper I got from my favorite local paper supplier LB o J'zazz.
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My family and I love fine things: my son’s Royal typewriter, Ahmed’s slide rule, aka a slipstick (wink, wink), my Muji notebooks and the star of this post, a Discommon titanium straight razor. Makes a girl wish, for once, that she were a man.

My brother Ahmed recently bought a razor. He didn’t just get it from the Mishref Coop behind my parents’ house. It’s a serious work of art. And he asked me to take it home and photograph it.

I am terrified of any sort of blade. I have a phobia (this is grotesque and very specific) of someone slicing my throat with a knife as I enter a dark room. So you can imagine my nervousness at handling such a sharp object. But soon its beauty overshadowed its potential damage (especially in the hands of a klutz like me).

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new painting } island girl

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Island Girl, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45cm

For the past couple of days I’ve had a nagging itch for being on an island. For now, I’ll just fantasize about it. Read More

big sister, little sister, middle sister

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Middle Sister

Yasmine and I are missing a middle sister. I wonder what it would’ve been like to have one. Music is Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode.

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mr. freud goes to the circus

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Music is Always Remember to Respect and Honour Your Mother by Dusted.

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Mr. Freud Goes to the Circus

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a single-celled organism called eve

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Music is To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. Read More

square portraits } #2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Square Portrait #3, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

I have decided to include these  portraits in my upcoming exhibition at CAP. I like their modularity and feel they’ll compliment my polyhedra quite nicely. Read More

two watercolors, one simple and one complex

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Holding Tight to the Week’s End } Some (including myself) may refer to my watercolors as being over-worked. I prefer to think of them as being anguished.

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until love } two hundred and twelve

I bought this marvelous origami paper from Lbo J'zazz...

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square portraits } new face

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New Face, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

I was strict this time about filming the whole process start to finish. Music is Cough Coughing by Menomena. I use this song pretty often because its tempo matches mine.

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in triplicate } the creation of unoriginal artwork #84

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We are an Equal Blend of Blue and Red } The Original

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until love } a hundred and seventy-four

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Until Love } A Hundred and Seventy-Four

It’s funny how the purpose and drive behind creating these wonderful structures keeps shifting. They are no longer individual polyhedra, but each one a part of a whole. The idea is slowly evolving in my head. Who knows what I’ll settle on come January 2017. Will it still be about finding love? All I know is that what I’m looking for, what I need and want, has already changed.

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eight sisters

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Eight Sisters

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new painting at CAP’s artist studio

The lighting leaves a lot to be desired. It's hard to work in fluorescent light. You'd think the window would help but it doesn't.
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This is how I left her last Sunday.

So I have officially started work on my upcoming exhibition, tentatively titled Until Love, at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait, January 2017. To paint my first four large scale paintings, they are kindly allowing me to use their ‘artist’s studio’. I’ll do the rest of the paintings at home. Read More

new watercolor sketchbook } twin and a half

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new watercolor sketchbook } twin and a half

When I traveled to London last April I decided to keep my watercolor sketchbook and paints behind. That was a mistake, because as soon as I had a bit of time alone in my hotel room I got the urge to paint. So I think by now you can guess the rest: trip to Green & Stone’s, stock up on a new sketchbook (larger format), paints (this time Russian), and paintbrushes.

In this post I’m including two watercolors I published previously. Read More

UK days } april 28 to may 8, 2016 } part III

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This one was mostly on the train to Leatherhead.

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UK days } april 28 to may 8, 2016 } part II

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Happy Birthday, Anna Dora! A great way to kick off this trip is cocktails at Cahoots with Anna and her friends. Of course Anna can’t help being Anna here and I love her for it.

This trip has been packed. For someone who has made it her mission this time to ‘chill’, I’ve done a lot, met new friends and caught up with old ones. This sojourn has, however, been a bit of a challenge, at moments even regretful…I don’t know why…well, I do but I won’t tell, for various reasons. Funny enough, though, it has also been strewn with pleasurable moments, in all senses of the word, and this is what I like to celebrate. Read More

to build a web

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Who is tattooed on whom. Original photo by David Dobson.

My friend Deena introduced me to the coolest photo editing app ever, Image Blender, and I’ve been playing with it ever since. Here are some images and a video I made using the app last night and this morning. Read More

playing with the machina

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Machina, me and headgear. This photo was arranged and filtered by Deena.

Deena ‘Machina’ Qabazard and I have been planning a playdate for ages. This morning we finally got together for a morning of creativity, gossip and general antics. We sipped our tea and ate our oranges, almonds and dates like good girls and made these funky fascinators. Every human should be able to wear one of these without being gawked at. If it were a world of Deena’s and mine, then they would be. Read More

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