Saturday, January 3, 2015

My thought cards for the year

Do you make New Year's resolutions?
I don't. I find it easier to try and be mindful 
on a daily basis, regardless of the calendar.

Does that mean I live mindfully all the time?
Heck, no. Do I want to? Absolutely!

But for me, small steps work better than
big huge lists of stupendous (yup, stupendous)
intentions and resolutions.

And three is a good number to start with :)

What's on your plate this year?

Monday, December 1, 2014

As seen in...SISTERS Magazine!

I just received a copy of the November issue of 
the lovely SISTERS Magazine,
and I have been featured in it as
"The Unschooled Artist".

I have yet to scan the article itself,
but here's the cover for now.

And it's pretty sweet :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The cat lady...or a lady cat?

Sample illustration...
that took a life of its own.

I couldn't resist adding the black-and-white rug :)
This drawing was entirely digital.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This one's for the turtles.

The NanoBot LOVES animals,
as in breathes, dreams, lives animals, 
so when a charity art exhibition opportunity came up
for helping the turtles at one of our 
favorite local haunts, called Heartland Forest,
it was the perfect chance for her to
flex her mighty artistic muscles.

For a ballpen-only, speed-drawing, non-colorist
she has done some pretty impressive colored drawings.

Here's a sneak-peek!

Aren't they just adorable?
More about this soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Just enjoying the process.

Every painting is a journey.

And I always like to stop and smell the roses.

The destination is then lost in the joy of getting there.

And that's OK.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anatomy of Bliss - three ways

Painting in Photoshop. You know why it's so cool?
In a few small clicks...
you have a new mood.

This was done pretty intuitively, and in one go.
I didn't draw it out, or plan it to go any which way.

The part I like best about painting
(either with 'real' paints, or digitally)
is that the work takes on its own life and direction.

After that, it's only a matter of facilitating it,
and letting it manifest itself.

I could have gone on painting it,
but I stopped, and just changed the backgrounds.

In the end, I don't have a favorite - do you?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art and animals

I thought I'd share some of the Nanobot's drawings over the years.
It's funny how some things are still the same -
she still draws straight with pen,
no pencils or erasers for her!

It's pretty much animals all the way :)

Cats and bunnies rule supreme,but I've seen
lemurs, elephants, horses, tigers, seals, dinosaurs,
butterflies, anteaters, wolves, pandas, snakes
...and then some.

This first drawing is from when she was exactly 2 and a half.

Each picture tells a definite story,
which she remembers with clarity
no matter how long ago it was.

At seven she still draws the same way,
still loves the same critters,
and still won't use a pencil or eraser :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Eid rocks!

I did this post a few years ago, about how I made decoupaged rocks,
but I keep running into them on Pinterest,
so I thought a revisit for my blog readers would be good,
since the timing is just right - 
we are once again at the end of Ramadan.

Here it is:

I'm always sorry to see Ramadan go, but Eid is a wonderful way to say goodbye to this month of blessings.  It's great to make your own decorations and gifts - handmade rules! - and I wanted something that would do double duty, since I already have two shows in a few days that I need to prepare for as well...

If you remember, some of the beautiful rocks I collected last summer
I turned into this:

It took me a LOT of time!
(so much time that I never got past doing these two)

I had more rocks left over that were so inspiring in their lovely, soft shapes, but I did not have the hours to cover them up in fabric.  
I still wanted to use them for an Eid decoration idea. 

So I decoupaged them with used gift tissue (hey, I love the three R's!) and then remembered my white pens, with which I'd had a lot of fun 
until I forgot about them.

Remember these?

So this is what I did:

The layers of tissue paper created a wonderful, subtle leathery texture, and the varnish gives them a very lacquered look, with their 
deep, deep, shiny, shiny red.  

I'm also making some in my favorite, black and white!

They look great as Eid decorations, 
but will also make wonderful gifts, InshaAllah.

If you are celebrating it, have a wonderful Eid!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Enchanting Eid

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Discover Issue 22 - Part Two

In my last post I shared a picture of Khalid,
who is suffering from hay fever.

Here are Khalid's friends,
who have discovered that pure, local honey 
is a great antidote to pollen allergies,
and they have bought him a jar of the golden goodness.

I had great fun making the bees!