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Shadows & highlights… #AllKindsofPaints &... (Sun, 20 Aug 2017)
Shadows & highlights… #AllKindsofPaints & #PaintingTechniques #NeedToPaintSoon 👨🏽‍🎨🎨
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#Repost #Friday “When health is absent, wisdom cannot... (Fri, 18 Aug 2017)
#Repost #Friday “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself; Art cannot become manifest; strength cannot be exerted; wealth is useless, and reason is powerless”. Ardmore Herophilos, M.D., 300 B.C., of Turkish descent, living in Alexandria, Father of Anatomy and physician to Alexander the Great. I know shared quotes don’t always mean the same for everyone, but this meant something to me. #EmotiveMemories #Interview #WordsAreAllIHave #FatherandSon #MyFathersSon #LikeFatherLikeSon
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When in the motherland, #Egypt. “Cairo Taxi V” (1m by 50cm),... (Fri, 18 Aug 2017)
When in the motherland, #Egypt. “Cairo Taxi V” (1m by 50cm), 2013, Oil on Canvas. 🚕 #Cairo #Taxi #TBT to a painting from history… Every city has a visual identity, and it’s sad for me to find these taxis are now rare in Cairo. They’ve been replaced by #Uber and #Careem which is good in many ways, but visually nothing replaces the sight of these iconic black and white Cairo Taxis. I like to see them as a metaphor for a country, still somehow running after decades of being bumped and bruised…So many stories to tell, so many journeys, so many characters. ☺😍🚕#AncientHistory #AncientEgypt #Nostalgia #YourJourney #Cityscape #ThisIsEgypt
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Stylised #linedrawing #portraits of nieces, family, &... (Sun, 13 Aug 2017)
Stylised #linedrawing #portraits of nieces, family, & friends… #InkOnPaper #Sketch #Faces 🎨 . “It’s amazing how much difference one line can make”, they told me whilst watching… a drawing is as much about what to leave out…never #blackandwhite .
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(American) Teacher and The Painted Wall (30 cm by 21 cm, 2017,... (Thu, 10 Aug 2017)
(American) Teacher and The Painted Wall (30 cm by 21 cm, 2017, Oil paint on Paper). A new painting, a gift to my niece to gift to her favourite teacher!☺🎨 #WomenInTheArts #Teach #Education
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#PaintingRestoration #TraditionalPaintingTechniques... (Thu, 03 Aug 2017)
#PaintingRestoration #TraditionalPaintingTechniques #Impressionism #ArtHistory #ArtPresent #LearningfromHistory #ContemporaryArt #MyPalette 🎨👨🏽‍🎨
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I restored this print of a #Renoir painting for my neighbour.... (Wed, 02 Aug 2017)
I restored this print of a #Renoir painting for my neighbour. “Bal du moulin de la Galette [Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette], 1876.” Lots of subtle changes to the damage on the characters and their clothing and lots of prussian & pthalo blue, naples yellow, and of course greens! Though he was a leader of the #impressionist movement I’ve never been a big admirer of his work (too much soft green and pinks) but discovered a new found appreciation, and do love painting crowds.🎨👌🏽👨🏽‍🎨 …………………………………………………………… “This painting is doubtless Renoir’s most important work of the mid 1870’s and was shown at the Impressionist exhibition in 1877. Though some of his friends appear in the picture, Renoir’s main aim was to convey the vivacious and joyful atmosphere of this popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre. The study of the moving crowd, bathed in natural and artificial light, is handled using vibrant, brightly coloured brushstrokes. The somewhat blurred impression of the scene prompted negative reactions from contemporary critics”. This portrayal of popular Parisian life, with its innovative style and imposing format, a sign of Renoir’s artistic ambition, is one of the masterpieces of early Impressionism.“ Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Everything is #contemporaryart in its time.🎨
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Reminded of this old #sketch by a #FacebookMemory . Need to... (Sun, 30 Jul 2017)
Reminded of this old #sketch by a #FacebookMemory . Need to maintain #focus 📸📷 #Illustration #Photography holds #EmotiveMemories painting releases…
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I found a place where my old palette can hang… my idea of... (Sun, 23 Jul 2017)
I found a place where my old palette can hang… my idea of #InteriorDesign… #YearsOfPaint here #LearnFromHistory #YoureTheMeaningInMyLife #YoureTheInspiration #Muse 🎨☺
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Carry on…🙃🎨 (Sun, 16 Jul 2017)
Carry on…🙃🎨
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Different style of painting, more expressive... (Fri, 14 Jul 2017)
Different style of painting, more expressive brushstrokes…the first ball…🏏 Which painting do you love best, this or my last one…I have my favourite.🎨 Cricket Ball I (30 cm by 25 cm, July 2017, #OilonCanvas).
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I painted this for friend’s fundraiser in honour of his... (Thu, 13 Jul 2017)
I painted this for friend’s fundraiser in honour of his father, rip…the event will help raise funds and awareness for Cancer research through something he loved dearly; a cricket match. 🏏 ربنا يرحمه و يغفر له و يسكنه فسيح جناته Cricket Ball II (30 cm by 25 cm, July 2017, Oil on Canvas). When painting I was thinking that those who are considered great painters in history were concerned with painting…they painted many subjects in many ways. I always carry that view, that a painter should firstly be engaged with the activity of painting, it should absorb them. #ArtHistory #Painting #ArtQuotes #ThoughtsOnArt Opposite colours, opposite quotes…. “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.” Picasso. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Van Gogh. … “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Picasso. 🎨 🎨 🎨
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A different view… I need to... (Sun, 09 Jul 2017)
A different view… I need to paint. #Justpaint #Beingapainter #NobodyKnowsItButYouveGotASecretSmile #AndYouUseItOnlyForMe #IAmAnArtist 🎨.
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A beginning and an end. #PaintingInProgress #Imagine... (Tue, 20 Jun 2017)
A beginning and an end. #PaintingInProgress #Imagine #NeverMindTheTape #BreakTheRules
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Try. (Mon, 12 Jun 2017)
Try.
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Love life, love #London 💙 #LoveConquersHate (Sun, 04 Jun 2017)
Love life, love #London 💙 #LoveConquersHate
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard... (Sat, 03 Jun 2017)
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Anon. 🎨*I’ve decided to choose at random, from every kind donation, one of you to receive a painting commission - in non “art speak” language that just means a painting of your choice, which we can talk about together. Please quote “mostarart” in the comments when kindly donating, thank you. 🎨 My perspective in life is that a little from someone with a little is just as valuable as a lot from someone with a lot, as we should #neverjudge another’s circumstances we know nothing about. How to get involved? Please read on 😌 This is for a cause that is very close to my heart. It is for my only cute lil nephew, my twin brother’s son, to help him along with his therapy for severe autism, so that he can make sense of the world around him. Autism is still very poorly understood, so please read the crowdfunding page to learn more… Any small help is appreciated to make a real difference to the course that his life may take. The underfunded #NHS doesn’t offer any behavioural therapy. A little help from many will go a long way, even a kind word or share ☺ Link in my bio and here: http://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelpAdam #Autism #AutismAwareness #DisabilityAwareness #DisabilitySupport #NeuroDevelopment #NotAllIllnessesAreVisible #InvisibleIllness #Children #ChildDevelopment #Ramadan #Islam #RamadanIsForGiving #ThankYou The painting shown is a reshare of “Change II” (2017, 1.5m by 1m, acrylic and #OilOnCanvas ). 🎨☺️
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”... (Fri, 02 Jun 2017)
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Anon. *I’ve decided to choose at random, from every kind donation, one of you to receive a painting commission - in non “art speak” language that just means a painting of your choice, which we can talk about together. Please quote “mostarart” when kindly donating, thank you. This is for a cause that is very close to my heart. It is for my only cute lil nephew, my twin brother’s son, to help him along with his therapy for severe autism, so that he can make sense of the world around him. Autism is still very poorly understood, so please read the crowdfunding page for more… Any small help is appreciated to make a real difference to the course that his life may take. The underfunded NHS doesn’t offer any behavioural therapy. A little help from many will go a long way, even a kind word or share ☺ Link in my bio and here: http://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelpAdam #Autism #AutismAwareness #DisabilityAwareness #DisabilitySupport #NeuroDevelopment #NotAllIllnessesAreVisible #InvisibleIllness #Children #ChildDevelopment #RamadanIsForGiving #ThankYou The painting shown is one I did with with my nieces, I loved their expressive free brushstrokes (100cm by 80cm, acrylic on canvas). #EngageChildrenWithArt 🎨☺️
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Soon… 🎨 #timingiseverything / #paintingiseverything (Wed, 31 May 2017)
Soon… 🎨 #timingiseverything / #paintingiseverything
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We’re all connected 💛 This world is tough enough if we... (Tue, 23 May 2017)
We’re all connected 💛 This world is tough enough if we don’t #chooselove
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An archive blog entry, which means a lot...

Visiting Art Studios in Glasgow.

October 20, 2007:
 

"Room by room, picture by picture an image was painted in my mind. Some had larger spaces than others, some more organised spaces…others a collage of mess, spreading itself across the floor as if trying to escape the melancholy of its confined space of forced creativity. Still the pictures insisted on invading my consciousness, some for the wrong reasons altogether. Some were more memorable than others. However each space had a common denominator, a denomination I simply do not have; namely the resident artist had the means and social standing to have captured his den. And the time to practice their craft; though admittedly some seemed to use this gift more thoughtfully than others. Time is a gift that once granted can not be recaptured I reminded myself.

And do any of them have a skill that I do not have. No, rather most seemed to be numbed by a lack of vitality to their work; as if in constant conflict between producing work to please their own selves or to please their audience. A delicate balance, one which every artist struggles with – until they find a part of them that reasons that it is better to produce art that they themselves would like to see hanging on their wall…after all, if the art does not sell at least their home will be decorated to their taste.

Yet most seem trapped by the confines of modern taste. And then there were those that upset even my sensibilities. I mean, it is surely self-indulgent to the extreme to paint metal boards in plain colours and even have the audacity to name them, as if trying to attach a hidden meaning to the “paintings”. These were arranged in a uniform line, outside the artist’s space...presumably to lure viewers in. Rather to lure art lovers in to the false acceptance that this represents a worthy effort to produce “art work”. I felt I should maybe confront the young man in question, but then the sympathy and solidarity I feel to people striving to make a living from what they have a love for held me back. In retrospect it should not have…the man had made a mockery of any true effort other artists make in pursuit of their passion.

I moved on, saddened by what I had seen…yet the general malaise inspired in me the realisation that I could produce work that was more interesting and engaging than most of what I had seen. Suddenly, my work had a new found relevance. And to think some of these artists had a studio space, at the expense of new graduates or seasoned “tryers” – those that would really, truly, appreciate the silent hub this provided.

The previous day I had visited the open exhibition at Project Ability – a dedicated studio for those with mental difficulties. Now there was true inspiration and effort, instigated through suffering. Somehow the art was far more creative and displayed far more vigor, as if seemingly not being aware of, or being able to conform, to conventional social thought processes freed the artists, freed their minds to flow imaginatively past the dullness and sameness of Sunday’s art.

And the work that struck me most was not a painting, rather it was an ordinary wall clock attached to a plain white wall. Ordinary, until I noticed of course it was anything but. Replacing the minute timers were bright red pills, the kind which are cylindrical and as shiny as new buttons, as if offering a shining hope to the sufferer. These were given relevance by the minute timer, which was in fact a needle; used to administer hope to the minds of the mentally disturbed. Maybe art could be seen as their medicine, or at least their release…like an antidote released in their bloodstream. A cure from social exclusion. Suddenly they were accepted into a world where only those who can demonstrate formal training are taken seriously, a world where ordinary passers-by somehow feel compelled to ask the artist where they have studied – as if this somehow frames their enjoyment, or not, of an image. “I studied whilst receiving treatment for mental disorder” is probably not a reply often heard. So Project Ability was able to transcend barriers, and seemingly numb the barriers of pain the artists had undoubtedly suffered in their lives." Mo Negm.