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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sister snakes

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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

eight sisters

Eight Sisters

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new painting at CAP’s artist studio

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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.

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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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airplane timelines may 2016 II

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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

my private little arab spring

To put this post in perspective, a quick backstory here.

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new painting } the great escape

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The Great Escape, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm

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until love } a hundred and thirty-eight

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Until Love } A Hundred and Thirty-Eight

I started this endeavor a few months ago. I’m still obsessively creating these little structures and I won’t stop until I find love. Here I’ve added a bonus session from this afternoon. It’s getting more challenging as these polyhedra take over my living space. Also, setting up these shoots is literally a pain in the neck. Clearing up is worse. But the spectacle is completely worth it. Read More

idyll

diary april 2 2016

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edith’s daughter

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Edith’s Daugher, 2016, watercolor on paper, 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Watch the process below. Music is Lady of my Dreams (silly, silly name for such a beautiful piece) by V.A.S.T.

 

 

watercolor sketchbook } edith and the line through her face

Edith and the line through her face

Watercolor Sketchbook } Edith and the Line Through Her Face

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the morning i got my carbon light boxes back

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Prognosis Black and Blue

Yesterday I finally got my Secretary carbon light boxes back from the Sultan Gallery, through no fault of theirs but mine, as it was I who was neglectful. So I thought, to give them their due TLC, I’d put them on display one more time before storing them indefinitely. Read More

eve and colette (and lubna and yasmine)

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Eve and Colette

I want to tell you the story of how I met Colette. I was having lunch with my dear friend Sarah Alhamad at Momo’s in London, back in September. It was my treat so when I gave the waiter my card he asked me if I was from Kuwait. I said yes. He then told me about a Kuwaiti artist friend of his. I thought I knew all the Kuwaiti artists in Kuwait! He showed me her Instagram gallery and I was immediately curious about her. I followed her on IG and finally met her on the day of my Nuqat Conference talk in November. I knew then and there that I wanted to paint on this statuesque African-Kuwaiti woman.

But our friendship didn’t really blossom until a few weeks ago when I finally asked her over for an Eve on Colette painting session. That afternoon I painted Eve on her front side (tricky, as the terrain isn’t flat but rather mountainous…more mountainous than I expected). After that we had lunch at Gia and she was nice enough to accompany me on an errand I’d been putting off all week. It was a special day and by nighttime we were friends proper. Anyway, we wanted so badly to post the resulting photographs but felt it would be a little too ballsy. We decided to wait (she was scheduled to move to Poland on the 10th of March, about ten days after).

A few days later, Colette came over and I painted Eve on her back. After much deliberation about whether we would/could/should post this or not, Colette decided that she’d post the photo once she was on the plane to Poland. I said fine. But in reality I couldn’t wait for that bittersweet moment. So on March 15 (the ides), she finally posted it on Facebook and hell did not break loose. People seemed to love it. I posted it to Instagram, feeling completely vulnerable and exposed, even though it was Colette’s body. I waited for some sort of backlash from conservative family members and acquaintances but it never came.

Thank you, Colette, for being my muse and my friend. And Eve thanks you too.

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new painting } zeri girls

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zeri girls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 180cm

A week ago I got a call from my dear friend Laila Al-Hamad, letting me know that she was going to put on display, along with her Zeri handicrafts, a painting I did for her a while back, Drinks & Cigarettes. This was for an upcoming event, Kuwait Modern Heritage, to be held at Al Shaheed Park. So I thought, why not create a new painting inspired by the sadu design and have that on display instead? Why uproot hers?

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The painting will be on display along with other heritage-related crafts, books and photography until the Ides of March (I can’t help calling it that. After my birthday and my children’s birthdays it’s my favorite date of the year).

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three days in nayland } cobblers cottage

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Eve relaxes. At night, this is our position of choice.

This is my fourth visit to one of my beloved Grove Cottages. This time: Cobblers Cottage. My companions are my sister-in-law Jana, her baby bump (my nephew) and, of course, Eve. The cottage is breath-taking and as always exceeds my expectations. I still can’t believe how generous people are with sharing these lovely ‘homes’.  Read More

new painting } notes float

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Notes Float, 2016, acrylic on canvas

Listen to Fuel to Fire by Agnes Obel }

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