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#TheSecondHalf #AGameOfTwoHalves #AlShotAlThani... (Sun, 15 Oct 2017)
A post shared by Mo Negm - mo*star art (@mostarart) on Oct 15, 2017 at 1:10am PDT #TheSecondHalf #AGameOfTwoHalves #AlShotAlThani #TheBeautifulGame . Starting a commission which is special to me…Here I am using more #traditionalpaintingtechniques very different to my recent painting, blocking in the lights and darks which will guide me later when painting the details…🎨#paintingprocess “ #art speak ” explanation; a “commission” is when someone requests for a painting to be created especially for them.🎨☺
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Surprised by this song, beautiful; “perhaps” even... (Sat, 14 Oct 2017)
Surprised by this song, beautiful; “perhaps” even more so than Don Mclean’s original. Understated… @i_was_a_teenage_clint_mansell @liannelahavas #LovingVincent #StarryStarryNight #ArtisticInterpretation . Enjoy. https://youtu.be/vp5qJlr4go0 📽🎧🎨 Mesmerising #SongWriting and #melody by Don Mclean, something I’ve always been interested in from a young age - writing #songlyrics. #Poetry #Music #CreditWhereDue #OriginalIsCreativity #HomeIsWhereTheArtIs #RaggedMenInRaggedClothes #NowIThinkIKnow #WhatYouTriedToSay #MentalHealthAwareness #SwirlingCloudsInVioletHaze #ColoursChangingHue #ArtistsLovingHand #PerhapsTheyWillListenNow
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#Tbt to preparing a painting to be shipped to a buyer, with a... (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
#Tbt to preparing a painting to be shipped to a buyer, with a little helper… ☺🎨👨🏽‍🎨👩🏽‍🎨#throwbackthursday #daysgoneby #future #LearningtoWalk #ArtSeries “Progress” (from the ‘Learning to Walk’ series, 2016, 1 m by 80 cm, Oil on Canvas).✨
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#Tbt to yesterday. Accidentally went to the office in my... (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
#Tbt to yesterday. Accidentally went to the office in my painting trousers!🤦🏽‍♂️#AlwaysBePainting 👨🏽‍🎨🤣🎨#BeAPainter #ReadytoPaint #DontAskHow #LifeofaPainter #VanGogh #Colours #BlueAndYellow #EmbraceMistakes as life is serious enough without #LaughingAtYourself every once in a while.🎨
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Morning red and blue skies 🌅#complementarycolours... (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
Morning red and blue skies 🌅#complementarycolours #nothingmorebeautiful #nature #newbeginnings #newday
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Today is #InternationalDayOfTheGirl . Change starts... (Wed, 11 Oct 2017)
Today is #InternationalDayOfTheGirl . Change starts somewhere…from a brushstroke to a painting. From creative freedom to a picture… #EngageChildrenWithArt #Nieces #LittleArtists #WomenInTheArts #IfIWereABoy #ArtWorkshop #FreedomToCreate #NoRules #NoFear #Mindfulness #Arabic #Human #LearningToWalk #Youth #Progress #HistoryofPictureMaking🎨☺️ #Repost #EmotiveMemories #OneYearOn 100cm by 80cm, acrylic and love on canvas!
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Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay and the other day I saw... (Wed, 11 Oct 2017)
Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay and the other day I saw #LovingVincent @national_gallery as part of #bfi , which was lovingly created using oil paintings to tell Van Gogh’s story; a world first for an animated film. So beautiful to look at, like Vincent’s paintings which already have so much movement. Seeing them carefully animated to weave a narrative was mesmerising as a painter, and credit to the Directors for such a bold idea. However the real starry stars are the painters, who spent months painting the same pictures, moving the oil paint, stop-motion animating, and then painting again with those characteristic sharp short brushstrokes. Imagine that. Okay Van Gogh’s passion and energy is hard to recreate but the result is beautiful and melancholy too. The film was created in Poland and took many years to make; a work of art in itself. Apart from being visually breathtaking it does talk about #mentalhealthawarness and really is a message to #thinkdifferently about others and their circumstances, as we never know. #loveoneanother #lovingvincent “Starry Starry Night… Paint your palette blue and grey… Now I think I know What you tried to say (to me) How you suffered for your sanity…”
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Starting a commission which is special to me…On a related... (Sun, 08 Oct 2017)
A post shared by Mo Negm - mo*star art (@mostarart) on Oct 8, 2017 at 10:51am PDT Starting a commission which is special to me…On a related note I hope Egypt qualify for the #WorldCup tonight⚽️🇪🇬, to join England, as #TheBeautifulGame can #LiftANation. Here I am using more #traditionalpaintingtechniques very different to my recent painting, blocking in the lights and darks which will guide me later when painting the details…🎨 “Art speak” explanation; a “commission” is when someone requests for a painting to be created especially for them.🎨☺
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More close ups… more detail to follow... (Sat, 07 Oct 2017)
More close ups… more detail to follow #pleasesiriwantsomemore #moreyouwantmore 😃#paintinginprogress #oiloncanvas #expressionism #beginnings #line #form #layer 🎨
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#Throwback to a long time ago, though I remember it vividly like... (Fri, 06 Oct 2017)
#Throwback to a long time ago, though I remember it vividly like yesterday; this painting for my precious sister, bro in law, and nieces :) . #EngageChildrenWithArt #WomenInTheArts ☺ It’s important to have #artinhomes #arttherapy #liftyourself 🎨👌🏾#paintingjourney #tbf #fbf . I remember using all sorts of #artmaterials to create this… “Untitled (2012, 1.5m by 1.3m, Acrylic, spray paint, mixed media on Canvas).”
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Love the close ups… #paintinginprogress #oiloncanvas... (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
Love the close ups… #paintinginprogress #oiloncanvas #expressionism #line #form #beginnings #layer 🎨
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#LivePainting last night, this story will be on here for just a... (Wed, 04 Oct 2017)
#LivePainting last night, this story will be on here for just a bit longer. As for the painting story, I could stop here however it’s not yet finished… #PaintingInProgress with more figures to add, more lines and more mark making. I have my intuition when it’s ready but sometimes I like to show you stages in the #journey https://www.instagram.com/mostarart/ 🎨👌🏾 #OilPainting #ActionPainting #Expressionism
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#LivePainting an hour ago. Thanks to all of you who joined. I... (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
#LivePainting an hour ago. Thanks to all of you who joined. I think my #LiveStory will be “live” on instagram (@mostarart) for 1 more day. 🎨 A line makes such a difference, a brushstroke of colour, a touch of texture. I love leaving an element of randomness; to react to the paint. I find it more challenging to control the paint this way. My choice of #paintingtechnique depends on the picture I am painting. Not in to rigid painting, love movement too much. 🎨 https://www.instagram.com/mostarart/ #OilPainting #ActionPainting #Expressionism
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“It’s funny when you stop and think, Time goes... (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
“It’s funny when you stop and think, Time goes faster than you blink… And nothing’s ever like it was…” #Inspirations #Untitled #OilOnCanvas #nye2016 #Painting 😌🎹🎼
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This happened #yesterday #allmytroublesseemedsofaraway .... (Sat, 30 Sep 2017)
A post shared by Mo Negm - mo*star art (@mostarart) on Sep 29, 2017 at 8:38pm PDT This happened #yesterday #allmytroublesseemedsofaraway . #MarkMaker making a start to a #newpainting in an #expressionist way. Thinking of the #brushstrokes of #JoanMitchell , #Arabicwriting , and all the👌🏽👨🏽‍🎨🎨 #GreatOilPainters #WomenArtists 👩🏼‍🎨 who had something in common that binds them; #paintingtechnique that is #freefromfear #BeginSomewhere #BoomForReal
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Give me anything but beautiful (false) hope. A #blankcanvas is a... (Thu, 28 Sep 2017)
Give me anything but beautiful (false) hope. A #blankcanvas is a moment of #hope and #anticipation. The beginning of something and nothing… #startofapainting #backgrounds #beginnings #🎨 #tbt #thishappenednow #painting #colourtheory #markmaking
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#tbt to a few minutes ago 😉 . Thanks to those of you who saw my... (Thu, 28 Sep 2017)
#tbt to a few minutes ago 😉 . Thanks to those of you who saw my first “live” video… I was experimenting with it while covering my walls and hanging a new canvas! Need more time in front of the camera and lights 😛. A blank canvas is always enticing…🎨☺And yes, keeping the corner of the cushion in the photo is deliberate #photography . Colour theory, complementary colours 🎨.
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Time to smile #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #portraitofapainter... (Thu, 28 Sep 2017)
Time to smile #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #portraitofapainter #selftaught #EmotiveMemories #knowyourhistory #boomforreal 🎨👨🏽‍🎨
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#FreedomofExpression #TakeAKnee 🎨👨🏽‍🎨#KnowYourHistory... (Mon, 25 Sep 2017)
#FreedomofExpression #TakeAKnee 🎨👨🏽‍🎨#KnowYourHistory #WereAllPartofTheSameStory #Genealogy . Try not to post many photos of myself but #StandInSolidarity #AnOldPhoto #MomentInTime #6months
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A few of #MyBooks #LivingRoom #Live in #Room #HistoryofArt... (Fri, 22 Sep 2017)
A few of #MyBooks #LivingRoom #Live in #Room #HistoryofArt #CadiumOrange #BurntSienna #PrussianBlue #Naples #MotherofPearl #MotherInLawsTongue #Sadaf #AncientEgypt #Tutankhamun #EgyptianWoodwork #Picasso #Sculpture #Earth #Influences #Painter 🎨☺
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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.