"Grand Mosque in Color" : Inspiration and Process

This piece was really fun to create. Since I was child, I always loved to paint houses. And today, even as an abstract artist, I still enjoy doing architectural renderings from time to time. So, the majestic domes of classic Islamic architecture is no exception. I decided to paint the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque but in a colorful, abstract style, true to my own vision as an artist. I used high-quality acrylic inks which dried much faster than watercolors and allowed me to apply multiple layers in a short amount of time.10325700_327392974081516_6262890612823878734_n

 

Since I'm a rather impatient painter, this is one technique that I love! I used the straw method, which involves blowing the inks at the bottom to push it into this cool, splattered effect, and achieved the energetic look I was going for.

To my delight, the original sold within minutes of me posting it online. But, I am happy to now offer fine art prints of this painting in my online shop, and in my Etsy store. I think it would make a great gift for Eid!

"Grand Mosque in Color" Ink on Paper Prints Now Available

Adventures Continue in Abu Dhabi

With my food poisoning and, hence, viral infection, at bay, I managed to get out yesterday for some fun in the sun. After meeting with a new acquaintance for brunch, I met up with my first expat friend from the meetup two weeks ago for a wild safari excursion. She brought another newlywed and exported lady (a very nice Brit), whom she met at yesterday's meetup. Turns out, we're soon to be neighbors as well (more deets on our apartment hunting soon).

Most of the official museums and safari tours were closed, in fact, so we settled for an afternoon of spontaneity. First stop: the Emirates Palace, followed by a trip to Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. It was an amazing time.