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LandMark Hotel Bazaar

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It has finally settled down some since my exhibit and bazaar that I was involved in. You don’t realize you are trucking on until you finally stop to breathe and realize you literally haven’t had a minute. Busy, to me, is always good, but sometimes a breather is definitely nice.

I was involved in a bazaar at the LandMark Hotel here in Amman, Jordan that was incredible. Met some really interesting people from around the world as well as locally. Its actually was quite interesting to see how the entire system of it works. You sit at your table, smile and hope people like your work enough to purchase it. I did good though, sold most of the wooden bowls and coasters and the rest were sold from my Facebook Art Page. I also was interviewed on TV and a ton of pictures were taken. It was definitely an experience!

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Working Around Sickness

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You learn to juggle when you work full time at one job, and then go home and work on art pieces full time. Weekends become work days where you spend 11 hours a day trying to catch up on all things that have deadlines, and I can honestly say as tired and sick as I am, I am enjoying every minute of it. My body, on the other hand, crashed. That is alright, spent all day in bed, trying to get better, and then woke up and worked some more. Things happen and you learn how to move around them to get other things done as well. Im working on commissioned bowls, bowls for an event at the American Embassy, and bowls for Holy Land Design’s store, where I purchase the wood and I am proud to say they sold out of all my pieces.  I’m also in the process of working on collaborating with another wonderful store here in Amman, that truly is an inspiration.

With all this going on, you start to learn what is important and what isn’t. I am definitely spending less time wasting my hours on Facebook, yet still trying to keep my art page up to date for all you wonderful followers out there. I am hoping on taking a week off work where I can sit down and work on art pieces for the upcoming exhibit as well. You get to the point where the only thing that keeps you sane is all the to do lists you keep creating and the satisfaction of crossing things off it, yet I still feel like I haven’t quite accomplished enough. I know, I am a tad obsessive.

Here are the prepped bowls from last Friday. I have almost completed most of them, and will be sharing them in another post soon! Through all this craziness, I try my hardest to remember to update my blog. It is the least thing I can do for my followers!

 

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BeAmman

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I had the privilege of being written about in BeAmman, a website dedicated to highlighting the best of Amman for local Jordanians and visitors. They offer insights on the best restaurants, activities and cool places to visit while roaming the streets of Amman. It was pretty humbling to see the reaction I received from the article. People seem to love my work! That’s not to say I don’t love what I do, I do, very much so. If I could simply work on art for the rest of my life I would be one happy paint splattered girl! People seem to want my wooden bowls as gifts for loved ones, or to put in their own homes and that makes me so happy. So, I have been on a crazy mission of trying to complete orders, trying to work on paintings for the group exhibit, while trying to keep caught up at work, blogging and everything else. Who said busy isn’t a wild party? :)

To check out the article on BeAmman, click here.

 

 

Eccentricism at its Best

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Throughout my life I have been extremely fortunate to meet some incredibly talented people, but one person seems to jump out from the crowd for me. The best way to describe him and his work is eccentric. Drumming to his own tune, Walid, is known for being opinionated, straightforward, and sharp as a bloody samurai sword. His presence demands your attention and with so much worldly experience, you tend to want to listen to what he has to say.

I met Walid working on the Disney film that was being filmed in Jordan. You could tell he was kind, extremely helpful, and would teach you things if you simply took the time to listen. From there a friendship started that I honestly couldn’t see my life without. I not only got to know his work as a makeup artist, but was fortunate enough to get to interview him for the video I worked on called “Creativity in the Middle East“, and had the pleasure of seeing his work onscreen and off.

Walid was lucky enough to come from a family who appreciated the arts. His late mother took the time to involve him from a young age with music, and art. Having an inquisitive mind, he tended to always ask why and constantly wanted to learn about new and interesting things thus being inspired by all things around him. Walid describes his work as eclectic, weird, classical, varied, schizoid, scary but fun at times, cynical and sarcastic. Always making you wonder, his work seems to have a form of mockery and sarcasm deep within. Just like his personality, Walid’s art tends to be in your face. It demands its own attention as well as respect and you tend to give it such.

When asked what advice he would give to fellow artists he said ” For heaven’s sake do not copy, I have seen too many of these so-called artists who copy copy copy, and then try to pass it off as an original idea, please stop it. It is okay to be inspired by a style (until you settle on your own). Use whatever medium you want whether it be oil, pen & ink, watercolor or PC generated images, DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT ART! I say to people if Leonardo lived today photoshop would have been his best friend (you do realise that Leonardo never finished a painting). Read, educate yourselves. You are responsible for your own advancement and do not expect the world to treat you nicely, it will not, and society is an unforgiving monster.”

And with all things he does, he leaves us with advice that really makes one think: Do it for yourself and if you want to do it for a profit remember this: An Artist is a member of leisured race that cannot afford their leisures.

Below are a few of his work, actually a lot of his work. I couldn’t pick, so decided to add them all!  You can also check out his page for any other work and to contact him if interested.

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Empty Chair’s New Single is Out!

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A while ago I created a video with the help from a friend, about Creativity in the Middle East. In the video there was a band that I talked to about the challenges they faced being creative in the Middle East and what obstacles they had to overcome to get their music out there. A few days ago Empty Chair released their very first single and I am excited to say that it is quite good! I’ve watched them live a few times, and they have always rocked the audience. Not only by how they played each song, but the interaction they had with each audience member. Always eager to please and take suggestions, be it song suggestions, or constructive criticism. They have worked very hard and it is obvious the love they have for what they do is what drives them to create music that touches peoples souls.

One thing that captures me are the lyrics. What I love about this song is how I can relate to it, and I’m sure most people can as well. It starts out with Kamal singing

“Sitting here alone
In a cold dark room
Wishing you were here
To ease the pain”

Haven’t we all felt this way at least once in our lives? And yes, I am not ashamed to admit it! The loneliness of not having someone there to ease our pain, to make us feel as if everything will be alright in time gets to each one of us.

“It hurts too much
To just sit and stare
At a scattered memory
At an empty chair”

One reason I love the lyrics above is because of the smart way they integrated the name of their band, Empty Chair, into the song, and made it make sense! I fell in love with this song because it hits home for a lot of people. So many people experience the pain they are describing in their lyrics, that it connects us all together. Makes us feel as if we are not alone. The feeling they put into playing their instruments and the way the song is sung makes you feel as though they have experienced  the heart ache, and pain of losing someone and by doing so, they connect with their audience in such a magical way. What better way is there to to relate to your audience but by singing about something you have experienced and what others can relate to.

Empty Chair definitely has a gift. Not only with the way they play their instruments, with passion and intensity, but their lead singer, Kamal Shbeir, sings from his heart, and it doesn’t help that he has a one of a kind, husky voice that captures the women in the audience! They bring something different to Amman, and now that they have released their fist single, I can say that they are stepping up and proving to everyone that they really are made to be stars.

Congratulations Empty Chair, on a single that not only makes a person experience different emotions, from sadness, to hopefulness, but for proving that with hard work, determination, and dedication, anyone can live their dream.

 

Delicate Blues and Some News

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It has been a busy few days! I have been working on different projects at one time, and giving an art class in a village up north, which is an hour and a half from Amman. I got some awesome news that one of my art pieces has been shown on Visual News. It really shocked me to find my piece up with some really incredible pieces of art! The title of the post is “Organized Chaos in Art“, which truly is a lovely way of describing my style. It really made my day! You can click the title and it will direct you to the post. My piece is the black and white piece that is the third one down. It is a 20×30 piece sold as a Christmas present in 2011.

I finished another piece that I want to share with you guys. It’s a piece that has been created using acrylic paint, and inked using a silver paint pen and outlined using a thin black marker. It’s really simply a sketch I created in my sketchbook for another piece I am creating. I started the piece today by painting the back ground and tomorrow, hopefully, will start sketching the piece onto the card-stock.I named this piece “Delicate Blues”. What do you guys think?

I am really proud of how many bodies of work I have been creating lately. Art really does keep me sane!

Dinosaurs & Astronauts

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A few days ago I received a message on Facebook asking me to check out a Facebook page called Dinosaurs & Astronauts, and if I liked what I heard to like the page. I was curious, with a name like that, who wouldn’t want to check out what kind of music it would be! I was pleasantly surprised, not only because of his unique sound, but that he was brave enough to be a Folk Singer / Songwriter in Amman, Jordan of all places. Definitely not most peoples style in this country.

Dinosaurs & Astronauts is the stage name of Nabil Awad Gonzalez who is based in Amman, Jordan. His act consists mostly of playing the guitar, or banjo while singing, and occasionally using the harmonica and ukulele. Playing shows around Amman, his main goal is to spread his music around the world and gain bigger crowds not only globally but locally as well. On December 2011, Dinosaurs & Astronauts released his first debut single “Noble Beast” which was studio recorded. He self recorded his second single “Seesaw” due to difficulties, but is keeping his hopes up that by the end of this year, the rest of the album will be out!

Check him out and follow! Local talent always has a spirit to them that carries on through their work.

You can follow him on Twitter, here!