Arabian Writes

Thursday, January 24, 2008

All you wnated to know about the Evil Ain (and more)!

Taps left this comment at my last entry here: I was just reading about "al- 3 ain" (or the evil eye) where if someone gives you "al- 3 ain" you could be afflicted by severe diarrhea, shortness of breath, death in the family, erectile dysfunction, car trouble, broken friendship, divorce or any... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

For the record: Ain Varied

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Trying to take "3ain" further

I'm just posting this as a progress report on my struggle with the new technique. Attempt to scribble with pencil on the background did not go well. the multiple layers of parchment hid the pencil marking and i did not know what to scribble in the first place. Now i'm trying something different: i'm... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The verdict on 3Ain

A while ago i posted this pic of one of my new works. I hesitated for a long time before I posted it here on Blogit, your kind comments warmed my heart but i still could not find the courage to send it my professor and mentor by email.(you can read about our checkered history together here )... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The stone paradise II - The secret keeper

This is The Secrets' Keeper, one of the two statues standing outside the entrance of the Mahmoud Mukhtar museum, the other being a head of Saa'd Zaghlool the nationalist leader of that era. The woman has the symbol of the scarab on her forehead, which was probably inspired by the discovery of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The stone paradise I - Khamseen

Just before I left to Egypt I posted an entry about my intention to visit Mahmoud Mokhtar's museum in Cairo ( you can read about it and see his most famous statue here ). I did manage to visit the museum-twice- and fell in love with it at first sight, an oasis of peace and beauty in the heart of one... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The rocks en rose- Petra

There is no first thing that comes to mind when you come face to face with the city of Petra, it is simply a place that raises a riot of questions and emotions in you. The obvious: How, why and by what means are inevitable, but it is the dancing hues of the stones that seem to answer a nagging... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Different Agenda

The boys still don't know it, but I have an agenda of my own when i get to Egypt, I am going on the hunt for the works of the father of modern Egyptian sculpture Mahmoud Mokhtar. This one of his most famous works called Egypt's Awakening. it stands outside the University of Cairo and depicts a young... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Opinions needed ( badly)

If you've read my last entry in this blog, you'd know that I've had a change of direction artwise. This is a sample of what i've been doing -it not getting a warm welcome from my friends and family but it feels right to me, oh! and it does not photgraph well! " less is more"??!!! What do you... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Variations on Haa

Arabic Calligraphy is synonymous with elaborate and intricate design, but it is "practice pieces" like this one above that impress me the most with their simplicity and robustness. This is a study of the various forms of the letter H ( or Haa). Arabic is notorious for having different forms for... Sign in to see full entry.

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