I’ve been wanting to paint a large scale piece for a while now. Around two weeks ago I finally started one. I didn’t get it stretched because a. I don’t have much space to work upright on anything of that scale and b. I honestly thought it wouldn’t be the great challenge it’s proven to be. […]
I finished this one tonight. I really love it. I guess it comes from a renewed bond I have with my sister. I don’t know, maybe. In this post I’ve also included some Motion Portrait (new crazy app all over Instagram) videos. These things are wild and fun but I predict the app will go […]
I miss my son Khaled so much. And this has nothing to do with the painting. Or maybe it does.
Last Sunday I decided that I wanted to create a sixth Traveling Tap for my upcoming Nuqat Conference talk in November. I made this decision at the eleventh hour since I’m traveling tomorrow to the UK for a month, and wanted to take it with me. I haven’t packed, am completely exhausted, and have so much housework left […]
Last May or June I was commissioned by my brother to paint a portrait of Paul Newman. His only conditions were that he wanted the painting to be large and that Paul Newman was wearing his Rolex Daytona watch. So in effect, this is a double portrait. Anyway, Paul wasn’t that big of a challenge. The watch […]
It’s not that old, but it’s acquired that ancient crinkle: my NYT Sunday Crossword Puzzle book from 2008. I’ve decided to solve the unfinished puzzles and use it simultaneously as a sketchbook. It works for me and I hope it works for you too.
Sometimes I just want to paint. It was one of those days (yesterday) that I actually went through my storeroom rummaging for stretched canvases. I found this one. There was a painting of an apple on it, which wasn’t pretty enough to render it worthy of not being painted over. This morning I finished the painting. I’m not completely ecstatic […]
This painting has been mostly complete for weeks. I say mostly because I wasn’t sure it was done. She’s always looking at things around the house. Or so it seemed like to me. There was a period missing at the end of this sentence. So I added a dot. And it made perfect sense.
After painting my first two Centerfolds, I decided that they would seem a little out of place in my upcoming exhibition. So I scrapped work on the third (and originally fourth) painting. Yesterday my dear friend Mai visited the gallery and asked me where they were. I told her that I felt they were superfluous and irrelevant. To […]
My nephew Mahmoud saw a shirt I had painted a while ago and said that he would like one. I was so flattered by his request that I couldn’t help but oblige him. Listen to Eez-eh by Kasabian
It pains me to say that I have completely lost interest in painting faces (and figures by extension). I’ve been struggling with this for weeks now. My heart just isn’t in it anymore. Is this some sort of a reaction to something? I don’t know. I don’t know what the thing is, nor what the […]
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 […]