I FINALLY started this painting. It’s been a long time coming now. I listened to some her music, watched some videos on youtube and printed some photos. I avoided the sunglasses because of two reasons: the first is that it’s been overdone and somehow the glasses came to represent her more than her voice. Secondly is: I’m a bit of a masochist. I think that I can accomplish it without the iconic glasses because I have faith in myself (crossing my fingers, mashallah mashallah mashallah and hope to die [rather, NOT to die]) and I like to give myself a bit of a challenge. Mind you the hanky is still there. My eleven year old son recognized the sketch as Um Kulthum. My daughter thought it was Mama Fatma (my granny).
Mashalah this looks like its going to be a great piece.. keep up the good work ;)