Sometimes visitors drop in during my lessons with Eman. My sister-in-law Jana came through to take some photos of the two-dimensional Yasmine and another painting. It’s always fun to introduce people from my many different worlds to each other. As for Eman’s scarf, well, that’s finally done. The painting isn’t complete yet as she still […]
Last summer I was asked by Eman Elshareef if I would give her art lessons. I was quite hesitant at first because I’d always thought of teaching as a highly respected vocation, necessitating great patience, a good connection with the pupil and a strong ability to instruct effectively, characteristics none of which I possessed. Somehow […]
I like to play. A LOT. But sometimes when I play I break things. And this time I broke my camera. I did manage to take a few shots before it fell and a couple after, until it zonked out completely on me. If you look at the black and white photo, the bottom right […]
Laura sent me these pictures today and I loved them too much not to include them in my blog. The painting certainly looked more impressive at night! Thank you, Laura, for the pictures. I’m going to try to get some more from you!
I am very happy to announce that the auction last night raked in over half a million dollars! 30% of the proceeds will benefit K’s Path, which aims to bridge the gap between the humans and animals who call this country their home. And because things happen or tend to be clumped in threes, I’m […]
So last night was the big viewing I was looking very forward to. I didn’t want this to be a rant, but. It’s going to be a rant. It started with physical tears upon seeing my beloved painting behind a tinted-blue display window, and mental ones before falling asleep at night.
I need wall art. I have too many of my own pieces up, can’t afford other people’s work and my friends and family won’t draw for me. So I end up doing stuff like this to put up on my bare walls. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy collaging and decopatching as much as anyone’s […]
This painting hangs in the dining room of Farah Behbehani’s home. I love the way the carpet echoes the colors of my girl. The painting itself is one of a kind. I had never (and probably never will) painted what I call tantric lines on a canvas before. These lines emanate from another face within […]
In every painting I do, there is a process of conception, initial implementation (or preliminary sketch), destruction, reconstruction, destruction (this particular cycle is unpredictable. Factors may include my emotions, events which may influence the progress of the painting, or just having a really good day and somehow clicking with my painting). Many times, the ‘completion’ […]
I went to Reuse 3.0 last night and really loved it. I was supposed to stay for fifteen minutes, thirty tops, but ended up staying for almost two hours. I had forgotten what the buzz was like last year, so last night I was reminded. I’ll certainly think about doing it next year (if I’m […]
In 2006, I had this idea for an anonymous magazine, giving the writer/artist/photographer not just the freedom to display uncensored work, but the opportunity to be whoever they choose to be. The concept was to go all out, no holds barred. I e-mailed, messaged and called my most opinionated/creative friends and requested (demanded really) submissions.