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You know when you have so much work to do and you don’t know where to get started so you pick up a brush and start painting instead? Happens to me quite often. Having too many hobbies is a good thing but allows for too many reasons to not get on with work.
My hobbies include: gardening, travelling, reading, music, painting, and food. I am forever procrastinating with these distractions. Especially when it comes to painting and gardening, it’s so easy to get lost in your own world and before you know it, hours have gone by and you haven’t checked a single task of your to-do list.
I usually visit North America from Dubai once a year and am always excited to get my hands on affordable art supplies as art supplies in Dubai will definitely hurt your wallet. I’m especially excited to visit Michaels Art Supplies (present in most major cities across North America) as you can always find a 40% off coupon on their website for one item.
The weather in Toronto has been phenomenal this February. Usually February suffers from the worst climate but it’s been like spring and the sky has mostly been clear. I tend to get cranky when I don’t see the sun so it’s been a great trip so far. Painted a few random pages since I got here.
Michaels, downtown Toronto. Huge store, great for stationary. Not great for watercolor supplies. Very limited range of watercolours.
I don’t recommend the below beading container as a watercolour pallet for obvious reasons. This wasn’t a very smart purchase on my part.
The above watercolour set was unbelievably affordable with a 40% off coupon.
Curry’s Art Story – Expensive Good Quality Artist Materials- this branch near College and Yonge is closing soon. Went there to buy watercolor brushes and paints, though the supply and range was fantastic, they were definitely beyond my budget.
I can’t remember where I found the source photo behind this quick painting but I remember reading an article about an entire generation of children who are being raised in refugee camps around the world. Most of these kids do not have a single item of belonging to call their own and are sometimes living with four to five siblings and their parents in these make-shift tents. There are some youth enrichment programs in place for many of the older refugee camps and these children get to play a game of football and make their own toys from recycled items. A world so far from my own. A world I can hardly relate to. Yet some of these refugee camps are less than 3 to 4 hours away by flight from home. It’s pretty tragic how we say we live in such an interconnected world yet are so disconnected from the plight of those suffering closest to us. It’s now time for me to go back to Dubai – will update you soon with more paintings and musings.
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Usually National Day weekend means either leaving the city for a weekend getaway with friends or family, or visiting the endless events, parades, brunch, etc, usually set up for the weekend. This year I decided to stay in and take part in the Dubai Family Street Markets in Dubai Marina Walk.
Having taken quite a hiatus from painting (apart from the quick watercolour sessions I’ve been recently taking to de-stress), I wanted to get back out there and go and meet people and see how they interact with my art.
I’ve spent the last few months representing and showcasing other amazing artists who have decided to collaborate with us on the AJALA Project and haven’t showcased my work at any fairs/events/etc. Luckily, this weekend was the perfect time to do so with amazing sunny/breezy weather and a great festive air at the Dubai Marina Walk.
We were set up by Plan3 Media at two different locations on two different days – On Friday the 2nd, the market was set up in front of Stefano’s and Nando’s in Marina Walk, on Saturday, the market was stationed in front of Dubai Marine Yacht Club. Both amazing locations with such great views of the Marina. So much fun to watch and interact with all the young visiting families and Marina residents. With the amazing weather, I’m going to make sure to make more time to actively participate in these events.
Click on the individual thumbnails below to see the full sized image. Sorry for the low res images, my phone doesn’t take the best pictures :(.
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Things I didn’t know before sowing zucchini seeds:
I sowed the first seeds in the last week of July and some plants died or failed to grow, the few that were remaining were thriving until I came back from my two week US trip in late-October and found them all wilting or dead. I now have one left from the 25 plants I had earlier. Sad life.
I guess I’ll try again next year.
Sowed First week of August
First week of September
Third week of September – After transplanting from original pot
There was so much hope :'(.
End of October – Early November – when everything started going downhill 😦
All the leaves were yellowing and the plants were getting too leggy with only one major stem. Anyway, they had died and wilted once I came back from my break and my gardener blamed it on the change of temperature :0 – Why would better weather cause all my plants to wilt?
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you: it’s a well known phrase and few could argue that disagreeing with those that support you is ill-advised if you want that support to continue. It’s a power game …
2 years ago, an Egyptian architect and photographer living in Dubai decided to start his own fitness community. He started to engage his network to come out and carry out various sporting activities with him, with each week that passed his network reached out to their own personal network and the group began expanding. He actively promoted fitness to his community while asking them to support various causes around the world and has now almost 2000 members in his community. Active members of his group, called ‘Dubai Daily Fitness’, are also encouraged to lead various fitness activities and also take part in expeditions that would support social issues around the world. 2 years later, and 2000 members strong, Dubai Daily Fitness has proudly supported initiatives in over 10 different countries and created a large community of happy fitness enthusiasts in Dubai. His community has welcomed many newbies to Dubai and helped them feel at home by integrating them into their free community events and exploring the GCC together.
A local hero, Ahmad ElDessouki is admired for his activism and his commitment to strengthening his fitness group, on top of working full time in Dubai. Ahmad was featured on our AJALA project earlier this year and we were ecstatic to find out he wanted us to be a part of his group’s 2 year anniversary. This event took place on 11.11.16 at the amazing Warehouse Four. We had local fitness gurus teach various classes every hour from 8am to 6pm. Classes included Zumba, Contact Improv, Yoga, AcroYoga, Cardiofit, and Meditation by Taijitu House of Om. (If you haven’t heard of Taijitu House of Om before, its an open community center with a meditation room, Praying Altar, library, business centre, 2 activity rooms, outside lounge, fireplace, inside and outside kitchens, BBQ setups, swimming pool, fountain, water wheel, tree house, maid room, 5 bedrooms, recreational room and a guest room. – A must visit for any Dubai resident).
Upstairs, we at the AJALA Project engaged our local artists to come and provide free workshops for the DDF ( Dubai Daily Fitness) community. We also had amazing artists come and and paint live for the crowds. Such a beautiful intimate event and we were really honoured to be a part of it. The AJALA Project even got an unexpected award from the community for our dedication and commitment to social impact :).
Here are some pictures of our event:
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This painting/collage/mixed media project was a lot of fun to make. I’ve produced a number of paintings using this style (recycled Acrylic Paint). Since I’m not such a regular painter, I do take long gaps between each of my projects. This leads to numerous containers and palettes of dried acrylic paint. Depending on the type of surface the paint has dried on, the resulting dried paint texture will vary. Some are smooth and glossy. Some remain matte and inflexible. The different forms the paint takes and the blend of colours always amazes me. I love layering these textures on to my recycled paintings. This ones a new favourite of mine – it is titled Half-Melted Ice Cream and is a depiction of Sheikh Zayed Mosque- one of the most beautiful architectural wonders of the world – IMHO.
Why did I title it Half-Melted Ice Cream? Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to tell you why I title most of my paintings the way I do. I probably had a good reason when I was done with this painting, but as I move on with my day and start a number of other projects, whether it is getting started on another painting, or one of my freelance research or writing projects, or working on the AJALA project, I forget what inspired me in the first place. I’m going to make a point to note down my thoughts as soon as I title my paintings.
Half Melted Ice Cream. Perhaps it symbolizes loss of control? The inevitability of chaos? The trajectory of regulation leading to de-regulation? The state of religious and political institutions? The melting away of my childhood ideologies?..Who knows.