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You can safely say that I spent last Friday painting like it was my last day on earth. My children had been home from school the previous week and I had the Palestinian Cultural Center exhibition set up the next day. For weeks I had been planning to paint a sister to this painting I did […]
I’m so nearly done with this one, which I started a few weeks ago. I’m just not completely happy with it. One particular companion. I also think that I’ll paint five additional companions on another canvas. I’d like this to be a multi-paneled work.
I miss my companion. And I’ve realized that when I paint I am creating fleeting friendships to help me cope. Although these relationships are momentary, they are instrumental in alleviating my sadness- albeit temporarily. When I paint my women I feel like I’m stroking their faces. The most sensual part is the jawline. That’s what […]
Have you ever thought so much it drove you insane? I think I just reached that point; the point where I no longer want things to make sense because they’re just not going to. Ever. Not as long as I’m thinking about them. I feel I’ve reached a level of madness where I just want […]
I started this three days ago. Until this morning I had an uncomfortable relationship with this painting. I wasn’t happy, it wasn’t giving me the buzz I usually get when I’m this far into a painting. So I watched a section of a Dali video and thought: screw this, I don’t like the painting, I’m […]
My kiddies are back in school and I’m free! Free, I tell you, free! So I had a lovely morning of relaxation, just me and my paints. Bliss. I wouldn’t have stopped painting but I must be leaving soon to pick up my little ones. I can’t wait to get back to this painting as […]
This is a video I made with my son, Khaled, from footage I had taken of myself painting Eve Shreds the Note. Actually, he did most of the work; I just sat there trying to be helpful but ended up hindering his efforts to get on with it. Music by (in order): Elbow/The Birds, Aimee […]
The last time I worked on this woman I was livid. I ended up wrecking the painting with awful lines, dull, watered down colors and four letter words (which I won’t be showing here). Click on this four letter word for the original plan, or cross the bridge for previous layers.
This is a painting I started a few days ago. I like to show some stages of my unfinished work because I like the way they look at that stage. I am approaching this painting very differently because I’m using many layers of diluted acrylic. Let’s just see where it goes from here.
And this is how I wreck my pens. I drew this yesterday to Primavera by Ludovico Einaudi. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s all new age-y but I was in the mood. I must say that it was crazy trying to get a more or less finished face in seven minutes and a half. This was […]
About a year ago I started collecting teabags because I loved the organic-ness of a used and dried up bag of tea. I also love repetition and the linearity of things. There is something very regimental and military-like about any ordinary object or human being stacked side by side; almost but not altogether uniform. I […]
I did some things I should have done earlier. Thanks to the advice of several friends, it was suggested that I stop for a while and step back. Another thing I did was change the easel. The one I was working isn’t adjustable (it is, but mine never worked so I would adjust my height […]