“When will those dark clouds all disappear”

The title is a line from the Rolling Stones’ Angie.

My whole weekend is themed “The Rolling Stones”. I never really liked them. I’ve always thought they were too loud for me. But a couple of days ago, I was shown many mellow Stones songs. So I used my husband’s record collection to listen to some.


My life lately has been a great contrast! 

This is the quickest painting I have ever painted. It only took me 20 minutes to finish. I wasn’t in the mood to paint. I already had two previous fail attempts. I didn’t have the motivation. I am going through a time of my life where I am experiencing extreme mood swings. When It felt like I am getting somewhere with this one, I decided to call it. I didn’t want to ruin it. I could have continued, but I didn’t wanna micro-detail it, then I’d probably end up with a messed one, because I am not patient.


“With no lovin’ in our souls
And no money in our coats
You can’t say we’re satisfied
Angie, I still love you baby
Everywhere I look I see your eyes
There ain’t a woman that comes close to you
Come on baby dry your eyes
Angie, Angie ain’t good to be alive
Angie, Angie, we can’t say we never tried”

“The blues they send to meet me Won’t defeat me”

The title is a line from the song “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B. J. Thomas

This shows exactly how much I am slacking on learning & practicing new techniques. I usually watch videos and clips of paintings, tutorials of certain artists explaining how they do things. I some times read blogs to understand how to position my brush and mix mediums. However, lately I have been suffering of painter’s block (if there’s such thing).

I get this mental block when I don’t empty energy tanks! This is the third weekend in a row I don’t go out or feel the need to communicate with people. You may wonder how is that related. I draw when I am in distress. I paint when I feel like the need to retreat back into myself. Going out and interacting with people (although fun) drains my energy out. So I would need to lose myself into canvass and color. I self-study and try to open up my mind to new challenges that don’t involve people! I need go out. I need people to not to want to interact with people!

 

“& show your love for Lady Nature & she will come back again”

RESERVED 


The title is a line from the song “Down by the Seaside” by Led Zeppelin 

I am still experimenting with colors other than blues and greens. Obviously I am still greatly attached to the shades of blue. It’s just so pretty on canvas and I bought a lot of it! I am also still looking for a gallery to contact to showcase my art. I still prefer showcasing in Saudi Arabia. Yet I wouldn’t mind one over here in California. Please any help is appreciated. Thanks!

“Trade winds find Galleons lost in the sea, I know where treasure is waiting for me”

The title is from the song Spanish Caravan by The Doors.

I started my day perfectly. I woke up at 7:00 in the morning, no alarm set to go off. I got my 8 hours of sleep. I made me a royal egg breakfast. I fueled myself with a whole pot of coffee, all by myself!

I self-studied about the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. I then decided to prepare myself a delicious Asian meal consisting of noodles and broccoli beaf! My day was going so well. I even shared a video of myself on YouTube. I also shared what I learned about Kant with my follower on Twitter.

After my meal, I painted the painting above. I struggled working on it. Again, it’s because I lack patience. I am in a good mood so far. When all of a sudden I decided to watch a documentary about the people who committed suicide jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge!

The 2006 film is available on YouTube under the title The Bridge. The family and friends of those who jumped recite the narrative. The real footage of those who jumped are shown over and over throughout the movie. Every time someone jumps, my heart sank inside my ribcage. The feeling I was left with after the movie ended was of disgust. I felt I was so close to seeing my dinner coming out in reverse!

It’s a shocker how oblivious we are to the state of mind of those who are close to us. It’s a scary thought that I wouldn’t know about what goes on inside my friends’ brains or my family’s heads! The unspeakable thoughts that they can hide so well. The cry of help is not a crystal clear one! It’s so subtle and most of the time we miss it. They all missed in the movie! I can’t comprehend the reason that would let anyone act selfishly and decide to take their lives. They leave their loved one filled with anger! I know that what I would feel if, God forbid, this happens to me!

Lesson of today, don’t ruin your beautiful resting lazy day with a documentary so surreal, it leaves you depressed!

 

Attempt #Infinity!

I lost count!

I lost count of the number of attempts to make this unbelievably hard-to-master shape!

I will never master the measurements of the construction lines. It is something I made my peace with! But The fact that the continuois lines are still messed up is bothering me! But I will not give up until I make it perfectly! Just wait for it, so I could start decorating it properly!

Attempt #6

Although this is not the first shape I master, but it was the first one I tried to create. The only thing I learned so far from learning how to draw these shapes is PATIENCE!

With painting, you can confidently make mistakes knowing that it would only take you two brush strokes to fix them. There is no fear in making mistakes when it comes to painting with Acrylic. However, geometry patterns are not that easy to fix. Reason being, construction lines are a bitch! Once you draw one line, you better know it went the right way, the right size! Because once those lines intertwine, even if you’re using a pencil, ERASING mistakes is not a fun job. It’s almost easier to just start from the top.

 

Attempt #4

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Ahmad’s | SF | ’15

Cutting to the chase, the reason I want to start drawing Islamic geometrical patterns is my brother! He’s good! He really is good! Check out his Instagram if you don’t believe me! He started learning Islamic geometry back in 2014 in San Francisco. He surprised us with a mural on the wall of our apartment. It was the most beautiful art piece I’ve ever seen in my life back then! Ever since, he’s surpassing his own excellence piece by piece! 

I received my drawing kit; sketch book, graphic pencils, and compasses set. I started right away. I googled a tutorial by Lex Wilson. I tried my best to follow his instructions. 

In my first attempt, I only used a mechanical pencil. Therefore, I couldn’t tell the lines apart from each other. The shape became filled with lines intertwining. I couldn’t tell where a line would start and where would it end. I realized that my problem is fixable, or so I believed! 

Falsely realising that the solution is simple for my next try, I managed to land on a great set of colored pencils! There, if I draw my lines in different colors, I will be able to tell them apart! Easy? Not really! Because I restarted another sketch. I rewinded the youtube tutorial. I followed with different colors. Yet somehow, I managed to mess it up! I believe Lex Wilson jumped a step. He didn’t tell me what exactly I am supposed to erase. He jumped from the lines intertwined to a clean obvious shape! It is something he acknowledges in his comments. He made a better tutorial to fix that problem. So it wasn’t my fault this time. 

I put away my drawing kit. It was getting late and I was getting frustrated. I decided I will try again tomorrow. Next morning, after I had my breakfast and coffee, I grabbed my kit again. But this time, I used my brother’s instructions and pictures of pages he sent of some exercises I could follow. He sent me the most simple drawing to try out. (It’s the one you see in the feature picture of this post)

Attempt #3 was also a nonsuccess. I used the most complicated exercise to start with. For another time, the colored lines weren’t the problem or the solution. This time, it was the lingo of geometry. Some wordings and instructions weren’t clear to me. Therefor, I messed up! I learned that I will have to teach myself some geometry lingo!

Finally. attempt #4 was a success although it’s obvious in the picture that I have some minor mistakes. But it’s okay, I’ll receive a large 18-inch ruler and then I won’t have problems with paralleling lines! 


Tips :

  1. Use colored pencils at first. They won’t come off easily with an eraser, but it’s no problem. Remember you’re still learning. The most important thing is not to confuse lines!
  2. Buy a large long 18-inch ruler.
  3. Use a large-range compass.
  4. Use a mechanical pencil. Don’t press too hard when you draw. It will come off easily when you erase the lines.
  5. Start with the most simple geometrical shape.
  6. Learn geometry lingo.
  7. Familiarize yourself with the concept of Golden Ratio and google “elements of islamic architecture”