Experimentation Category

ego of eve

A few days ago I saw a post on Instagram that inspired me to create a massive papier-mache Eve head. 

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fire, ice, wind and twine

I love experimenting with the elements, and this is something I’ve always wanted to do: freeze my drawings and watch them thaw out. So that’s what I did using the iPhone time-lapse feature. I love what little effort it took from me to create this video. It’s sort of like putting a dirty load into […]

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clownface from space

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… this… and this… Music is The Answer by UNKLE. I’ll go work on that painting now.

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hose art

I have a kinky hose. Ok, before you go all ‘that’s what she said’ on me, hear me out. A year ago I bought this shitty hose from Ace Hardware. I swear, it came with built-in kinks. The thing won’t recoil, hardens in the sun and takes forever to spray. And as you can see, […]

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butchering schiele

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I visited the Egon Schiele Radical Nude exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. One of the ways you can tell I really love a collection is if it makes me want to go home and draw or paint. And this one did. Of course I wouldn’t even dream about […]

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to create a thing to wear

Two days ago I needed a neckpiece to revive an old dress. So I made this. Alas, I decided not to wear the dress. I will, however, wear this one day. And it has inspired me to follow a new and exciting path.

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pinheads } playing with scissors and glue

I was sitting around last night enjoying my son K and his friend’s endless laughter at some low-tech video game, while my son Y entertained two of his friends. Z was in her room and me, I was sitting around enjoying life. And then I decided to create these pinheads. I honestly can’t remember what […]

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wax

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places. This morning, I found it in my son’s lunch. Wax paper. It’s my new yum.

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blue

These are two videos my son Khaled and I filmed while playing with some water and blue food coloring. We were both very mesmerized by the way the dye reacted with the water. Later we introduced my girls to the liquid in what turned into something resembling water torture. Our intentions were good, but I’m […]

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vinegar

As you know I get these surges of playfulness which grip me for a few hours and result in something that ultimately gets posted here. This time it was different, because my whimsy was a catalyst for something that would come after. It inspired my son, and consequently me, to play with some water and […]

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the flower in her stomach

This was quite a production, from putting on the dress, laying out the black curtains and attaching my phone to a beam above. I was also a little distracted by my yearning for a loved one and a book that brought back  memories of bygone days. The song is ‘Flirting With You All My Life’ […]

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kiss & cut } inverse and obverse

Last night I had an idea to inverse a section of one of my recent journal entries, many of which are white on black, producing a negative effect. I often accidentally press ‘command i’ (invert) instead of ‘option command i’ (resize image); the effect of which, although always undone, is quite pleasing. To me, a […]

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tattoo

When your sister is game, life gets a whole lot funner (and funnier). I’ve always had an itch for dabbling with body art, and I have previously graffitied parts of my own body. But can anyone tell me if there’s such a thing as a career in drawing pictures on other people with a marker? […]

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today i drew a picture

I don’t know what it is about Sundays but that’s when I usually get the urge to experiment and goof off. But I think my strongest works stem from experimentation and a sense of play. And this was a lot of fun. Especially with Instagram in my life.

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making faces on a tuesday morning

I’ve always been interested in sculpture, but  it is just so difficult! Which doesn’t prevent me from playing. So I made these two lovely heads this  morning.

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old lamp | new lamp

To think I was going to throw this old lamp away. If it weren’t for a dream I had two nights ago, I would have eventually gotten rid of it. And because of that dream and the work of art I created in it, I now have a new lamp. But let me tell you, […]

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gold leaf booklet

I finished my gold leaf sheets today, which left me a pretty little shell of a booklet. I love life’s little discards.

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apples & bananas

And this is precisely why I should be kept out of the kitchen.

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water, wine & women

Some more fun with a sister (thanks, Yasmine, you’re a trooper), camera, iPhoto and lots of water. Oh, and my mom’s star of the night, a fitted, red sheet from IKEA.

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