Finding Inspiration in Oman

Back from Oman this weekend and I had the trip of a lifetime! A few weeks ago, I was asked by Zee Arts to join 9 other artists to represent the UAE in Oman for a cultural exchange. We were met with 10 Omani artists and our fantastic hosts Paragon Arts Community.

As you can see, I found much inspiration in this beautiful country. It was a feast for the eyes. The arabic lanterns, the souks, the people, and the amazing landscape. It was quite refreshing and I found it much needed as a refuge and break from the day to day grind in my studio.

On the last day of our trip, we participated in live painting at a mall in Muscat. We were joined by two great musicians and it proved to be a very conducive environment for painting.

Here is a video of what I ended up working on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDDcOUiqke0

Back home, I completed the piece and it is now available on my website.

Apartment Hunting (Part 2)

It's official. The hubby and I have been living in a hotel for almost a month now. This means a few things, including my imminent visa-run to Oman this week, as well as the winding down of this in-between-cohabitation stage and transitioning into our first place! After viewing the new and attractive Reem Island apartments, we decided against the isolated paradise for our original choice at Vision Links.

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Vision Links is sort of a diamond in the rough. The apartment buildings were finished literally four months ago, making us some of their first inhabitants. Though, it's tucked in between Muroor Road and Delma Road, in the heart of Abu Dhabi with no nice views or Corniche to stare at. However, the amenities are undeniable. For exactly our housing budget, a brand new, two bedroom, fully-furnished apartment with many necessary bonuses included.

So, inshaAllah inshaAllah, by the end of this month, I can finally put my clothes on hangers, buy pots, buy plants, and I'm hoping for a little kitty as well :P