new painting } the eves and thilo


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


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


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

The Care

New watercolor } The Care

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new painting } comet


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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new painting for august


I started this painting a couple of weeks ago. It’s large and physically taxing. Mentally too. I’ve worked on paintings of this scale and larger. I don’t know why this one is being so difficult.

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square portraits } 22 to 26

…a-tishoo, a-tishoo, we all fall down.

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your stories needed!

Ladies, lend me your voices! As many of you know, I have an exhibition coming up in January, and for this I would like your stories. These stories will be played audibly as a ‘soundtrack’ to the exhibition, so please don’t send anything you feel uncomfortable about sharing. I won’t be editing or censoring anything. All you have to do is record yourself talking and send it to my email address:

I recently put together three little videos to demonstrate what I’m looking for. Basically, it’s anything that comes to your mind. I want to thank these ladies for sending me their voices:


Your recordings should be in Wav/MP3/MP4 format (this may be the default setting on devices, I don’t know). I have received some Quicktime files, those don’t work. 

Length should be between a few seconds and ten minutes, although ideally one or two minutes should do.

Content can be anything you like. You can tell me a childhood story, share your musings, or maybe read a poem you like or one you’ve written. I love to hear ghost stories. The possibilities are many.

Stories can be in any language you like. I’ve received both English and Arabic files but would also love to hear from my Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Welsh, Japanese, Norwegian, French friends, to name a few. And you can be anywhere in the world to submit it.

My male friends, if you feel there’s a woman inside you wanting to express herself, feel free to send me a recording.

Please let me know if you want to remain anonymous as I do intend to credit my Eve ‘sisters’.

Deadline is December 31, 2016.

Please spread the word! Ask your mom, best friend, sister, daughter, grandma, aunty…the more stories the richer this project will be.

*Thank you, Zainab, for being so patient with me and these Eves! And for taking the photos x Read More

square portraits } 14 to 21

They may not be impressive individually, but as a flock they soar. Read More

little cardboard paintings

I nearly threw this origami packaging cardboard into the recycling basket. I’m glad I didn’t. Read More

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

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


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

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from yesterday to today, one thing leads to another

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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