There is a local shop that is showing my Monotypes of Bahrain: Alaa Aladeen Handicrafts 15741 - Phoenicia Center, Building # 56 Road # 306 Shop # 5 Adliya Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. (The shopping center across from the Ferrari building) Wani Waseem +97333892837
Photos of my paintings and entries on my working processes, progressions and sometimes the lack thereof.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Can't get past the beginning!
I'm working from had the backlight of the sun making his ear light up with the translucent red that I find so appealing.
When you try to go back to a style you have grown out of...
contemplate the complications of this situation for several reasons. The first being that I have worked
very hard to move past this style of working exactly from a photograph...(the biggest problem with this particular example is that I can't seem to download a clear rendition of the reference photo so am working from a quite fuzzy photo, which would work very well with my current style where I like to
abstract things a little more. I'm really having a hard time with this simple portrait that I would have in the past dashed off in a matter of hours.... I have been struggling with this for months. I recently came across a photo of my own of the subject that I can get a very good rendition of the image to work from but Sarah is not in the same costume. I may start over and try to get the details from my own photo and just paint in the dress. Frustrating, as I know I can do so much better even in the old style if I had a better photo reference. Maybe I will just do both in my new looser style and just gift it to their parents.
That would be so much easier!
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Last Three from the Souq Series
|#9 "One Hump or Two?"|
"With Blessing"#10, is two views of a blind begger that is a constant in the Souq. The Arabic writing says "with blessing".
#11 "Open" is another breakdown of some of the graffiti I found. I love these cartoonish images and the cartoon key going into the real lock. I should just keep going on this series as I like each new one better than the last. I guess that's a good thing. I've been told that the BAB fest will extend into April. My show was only for a week though so if you happen to go you will see a new artist each week. Be sure to check out the Festivities from 4:30 to 10 PM Thursdays thru Saturdays in the archway of the BAB Building, Gate way to the Souq. My Last print workshop is next Friday and Saturday, the 29th and 30th of March.
|#10 "With Blessing"|
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Pop Up Gallery In the BAB
If you are in Bahrain come check out the BAB at the Souq. Festivities are Thursdays thru Saturdays 4:30 -10:00 untill the end of March
|The sign you see is the info about me and the work. The red lettering|
is the logo for the BAB renewal fest (its in Arabic)
Thursday, March 14, 2013
7 & 8 in the Souq Series
|#8 Queen of the Corner|
I never really understand why I cannot get the photos in the order I want them to be except accidentally.
Falconry is quite popular here and I have been keeping a falcon series in the back of my mind to do. I need to get more photos however before doing that particular series. #7 is just a nod in that direction. They often have someone standing out in public places, especially festivals, dressed in traditional Arab attire and holding a falcon. These are hired people as the owners are not likely to stand around for you to gawk at their falcons. They do however give in to charity pressure and lend the use of their falcons for public display. There is also a poem in this painting by Qassim Haddad from his book of love poems. I really like the look of the Arabic writing as it is so pretty but if you don't read Arabic you really never know what you are putting into your artwork using collage pieces from the newspapers etc. I usually place the writing upside down and or backwards so it's meaning is irrelevant and it is the pattern that shows through but I really don't like the idea of putting negative stuff in my work. I figured I couldn't go wrong with love poems so I bought this book and have been tearing pages out of it to use in my art work. I hope he doesn't mind.
#8 is another ferrel cat from the Souq; actually a really pretty cat with brilliant green eyes and quite the brave and casual display of confidence laying out on a very prominent and busy corner of the sidewalk. The fur was a little bit dirty looking but otherwise a pretty healthy if a bit thin looking cat. I was able to get some good photos as the cat seemed comfortable and unconcerned with passersby. I sort of imagine and whole community scenario of cat-dom in the Souq akin to Watership Down. This cat, I imagine, would be the queen of the Souq.
The Art pieces just got picked up today by the Museum staff due to some delay that I didn't quite understand but am assured the show is being hung as I write this so if you went there early today expecting to see the show, I apologize, however if you attend the festivities tonight I'm sure the show will be up and staff on hand to answer any questions. The show will be on display in the main BAB building until the 25th of March. My last workshop on printmaking is the 29th and 30th of March.
|#7 Poetry and Flight|
|Remember, Thursday thru Saturday 4:30 to 10:00 for all the fun, art, food and music in the BAB AL BAHRAIN Souq.|
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
5th and 6th in the Souq Series
|#5 Graffiti in the Souq|
|#6 Inshalla, Anything you want in the Souq|
series to do because I had my work cut out for me with such a specific theme yet there is so much material to work from. I have taken hundreds of photos in the Souq and it is hard to paint them all when there are so many other things I want to paint. It gave me something creative to do with my photos. My Bahrain friend Hesa who is curating the show has been writing words for me in Arabic
so that I can copy them onto my paintings and prints. This word "Inshalla" in #6 means "God Willing" which is used here very frequently. It's kind of funny because they say that if someone
uses "inshalla" three times or more in promising you something, then the chances are it's not going to happen. i.e. "Inshalla, someone will be there tomorrow to install your cable inshalla. By 9:30 Inshalla."
Pretty much means no one is coming tomorrow and if they do they won't be there till 4:00. You might
get your cable by the end of next week... Inshalla. ;-)
Another interesting thing about the alphabet is that spelling is not important as its all about the sounds that the symbols represent. Words and phrases can be written out as they would sound in English or it can be written in the Arabic word. So this word I have written in #6 is actually the Arabic word Inshalla and not the English phrase we would say, God willing. The fun thing is that if you know the Arabic alphabet and the sounds the symbols stand for, you can read signs that are translations of English words by sounding out the symbols such as in brand names etc.
# 5 is one of my favorites so far as the graffiti in the souq is very creative and fun. I took a small portion of what was drawn on this wall and re drew it in the upper part of the plate before I printed it.
The Akua color inks are very thin compared to the Akua Intaglio inks and can be used like watercolor paint to make details with a brush or pen. The Akua Color is what I used to draw the woman.
There are 11 prints in all that I have done for the show so maybe a couple of more tomorrow... Inshalla.
The Show will be up in the BAB building from the 14th of March until the 21st. The special
market with Arts and crafts will be open Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 until 10. Music, Food, Workshops, etc. all kinds of fun stuff every weekend in march. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
#'s 3 & 4 In the Souq series
|#4 Hand pulled Cart Mono type with Chine' Colle'|
|#3 9 lives in the Souq Mono type with Chine' College'|
the Cat print is the 3rd in order using the ghost from each previous print and adding more ink and textures etc.
Just to refresh your memory on what "Mono type with Chine' College'" is... It is basically making a mono print with collage pieces except the collage pieces are actually applied at the same time as the ink onto the paper through the press process. Once you have reached this step it is possible to add more ink but not more collage pieces because it is difficult to stick them over the ink. The collage piece sticks directly to the paper and the ink prints over that.
The show of these pieces and the rest that I am working on will be up in the BAB building in the Pop up Gallery from March 14th - 20th.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
BAB (Bab Al Bahrain) Monotypes
|Glimps of Groceries|
The word Bab in Arabic means Door. So the Bab Al Bahrain means Door to the City or to Bahrain. It is also surrounded by the Souq or Market which is a labyrinth of shops and stalls that meander mysteriously and intriguingly around the Historic old buildings and a beautiful shaded park and some interesting sculptural landmarks etc.; Great little hole in the wall restaurants and cafes and so much more all radiating out from the BAB. The main building "The BAB" is a more modernized place with shops and large spaces and coffee shops as well as galleries where the "important" Artists of Bahrain that do very large works are often displayed. It's a grand place with vaulted ceilings on the inside. I am happy to be a part of this outdoor festival celebrating the renewal of the BAB.
I will be displaying 15 new print works in the "pop up Gallery"( a movable gallery that will display various artists throughout the month in various locations) which will coordinate with my two small two day workshops on a simplified method of print making. We will be doing collagraph plates created on discarded mat board pieces donated by Fakrawi Framing in Zinj. They do all my framing and are friendly and efficient with fair pricing as well as just a great place to visit to see local artist's work. Bahrain is really big on recycling so I am centering my workshop on reusable materials and simple at home ways to create prints. I am hoping to create an interest in printmaking here in Bahrain.
All my new prints are based on photographs that I have taken in the Souq at various times. It's a fun place and you can find just about anything you're looking for. With the revitalization, there should be more and more fun and festive activities regularly that can be enjoyed by individuals or families. Music, Arts, Food and plenty of shopping. There will be other workshops in addition to mine and you can find them and other info on this website moc.gov.bh/en/header/events . Hopefully that will work and if not just google BAB Market Project. or contact me at email@example.com.
|Turquoise Camels at the Halfmoon Hotel|
I learned this process from a fabulous teacher, Ron Pokrasso who is based in Santa Fe New Mexico. I had the opportunity to take the course at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Texas. www.hcaf.com But you can also go directly to Ron Pokrasso's studio in Santa Fe and take lots of courses directly as well as stay on the premisses. Very exciting stuff! www.ronpokrasso.com These prints are made by a wonderful process using nontoxic inks from Akua inks. A soy based ink that can be cleaned up with soap and water instead of mineral spirits and other harsh chemicals. They have been recently bought out by Speedball so look for them there. Cheers, Tonya
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