Friday, December 29, 2006
I did that yesterday..Just experimenting with the human body..I tried different pencil sketches at first, trying to get the proportions right! I tried to exaggerate the hand, something like Michaelangelo's hand of God! I also wanted to experiment on the folds of cloth! I think I did a good job!
Monday, December 25, 2006
This was Definitely a merry Christmas to me... There is nothing better than having a dear friend who opens her house and her heart to you... Juanita is 88 years old but has a spirit of a young girl..She's also an artist, and a very social and intellectual person..I really enjoyed her company, and her big delecious Turkey!!
This is another Christmas day painting! This is Mido at the place where he loved the most: The Farm! This is from a sketch I did the summer before last. He was laying in the sun watching Burny, Frank, and Blockley fooling around!! He definitely misses those days!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Just a quick word on the Lebanese Darma..One of my friends chose one side over the other, and it ended up with a huge battle of words on his blog..At this point of time, any one who sits back and looks from an outer angle will see that both sides are run by weird ideologies that only care about power and control...What we need is a fresh group of intellectuals who don't have any war history, no big family associations, and a spirit that says Lebanon only!!! However, this is a dream that will never happen as long as our youth are still breast fed with words, religion, and false pride!!! That's why I am here in the US, and why I am sad all the time, because day after day I am losing what makes me a Lebanese, and that is the fall of my poor beloved Lebanon!!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
With Christmas coming in, everybody is busy trying to buy gifts and decorate their houses..It is a good time of year...This is the first Christmas that I spend by myself..Christmas is not the same without your special ones..A lot of people don't know the importance of family..They take it for granted!! I miss my mom, my dad, my brother and sister..They are the ones I love most, and the ones that have always supported me, and I always supported them... I wish I could just see them for a few days...I also miss being with a person that I love and that loves me...But this is the price to pay for ambitions and dreams...I just have to keep going and remember that other people have worse situations than mine..There are a lot of people who lost their loved ones for cancer, war, or hunger..To those people I pray to God to give them strength and surround them with loving friends...Holidays are not about gifts and decorations..It's about love...
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I have great news to share. I have been selected by the prestigious Transparent Watercolor Society of America for their annual show of this year!! Out of around 450 or 500 artists, I was chosen!!! I am so excited and full of hope! I felt as if God has responded to me, and wanted to lift me out of my saddness. Wish me luck!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
In case anybody was wondering about the silly self portrait I put previously on this blog, this is it's sketch study . I guess I have a lot of time on my hands to reflect and dig old stuff, but it is fun. This sketch I did by looking into a mirror. I pictured myself like Norman Rockwell or Van Gogh. I don't usually smoke a pipe, it is just a childish act I guess. Any ways, the painting came different than what I expected because I was working on hot-pressed (smooth) paper, and the colors were running like crazy. I couldn't control the drying time or the hard edges. But it was a fun piece. I know it looks silly, but I will try to do it again when I feel interested!
Friday, December 08, 2006
I was driving back from Pleasant point..The road was rough, and snow everywhere. However, in the far distance, the sun was beginning to set, and I saw all those pretty violet and blue colors! Everything else was grey and white though. I came back home and lit a fire, then I created this painting. I did not want it to reflect the melancholy inside and out. I tried to make it look cheerful. Every body knows that snow is white, but I made it reflect the sky colors, so there will be no sudden hard edges..I wanted it to be simple and the colors to flow smoothly. I hope you like it.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Today we did two simple sea scenes, to remind us of the sunshine and warmth that we miss in this cold and gloomy weather.
I went today to the Nursing home of which I am the Medical director, and one of the house keeping ladies asked me if I was the plumber. When I said, I am the doctor, she said I knew you were too cute to be a plumber. I didn't know what to say..I thought it was funny! At least somebody still thinks I am cute!
I am posting some older paintings and they are in the following order: A self portrait, Sunset over Siesta Key, Sunset over Lake Erie, A portrait of an old woman, and Morning rise over Cincinnati. The last one actually was done from a sketch from the ICU window at the Christ Hospital. I was the Senior resident at the time, and I came early for the rounds, so I sketched it quickly with my pen before my team gathered.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
10 pm!! I felt the urge to paint. And, since I haven't done any masterpieces lately, I decided to start one. I finished it at 1 AM!! Crazy huh? But, if I didn't do that, I wouldn't have the time with my busy job!
This poor dog was standing in the freezing cold with no house or food. It was the beginning of January of 2005, and I was by the Findlay Market taking pictures. I almost cut him loose because I felt so bad for him. He was actually much skinnier than in this painting! What a life in the cold city?!!!!