• Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling,  Painting,  Travel & Explore

    Thailand Phetchaburi Road

    I had been in Bangkok a few days and I had a couple hours to kill so I asked the cab driver to take me anywhere nice. I had no idea where I was going or where I ended up at the time but he dropped me off in what looked like a bustling shopping area. I looked across the street and saw an insane amount of people as well as electric/phone cables so I just pointed my camera and snapped a quick photo. Little did I know, I was taking a painting class years later and my teacher told me to paint something from a photograph I took myself.…

  • Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling,  Painting

    Kaaba Abstract

    It’s currently the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims who fast from pre-dawn until sunset. Where I live that’s approximately from 3:30 am until 9:40 pm these days.  Fasting isn’t just about not eating- it’s like spiritual training that we go through to build will power, improve our character, really be mindful and aware of those people that are less fortunate than us.  We don’t consume food or drinks during the day along with abstaining from a lot of other things such as backbiting, anger, vulgar language etc.  Ramadan is also a month in which we give more charity and volunteer more of our time to the less fortunate.  I’ve…

  • Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling,  Painting

    Balance – Mixed Media Canvas

    Mixed media is one of my favorite things.  This is a busy colorful canvas made with acrylic, magazine pictures, and book pages.  I started off with a canvas that was painted while teaching a class at the studio and I really just started working without knowing where the painting was going to go.  I took some of the colors that were on the original painting and I added more of the same colors around the canvas randomly. I added some torn book pages onto the canvas with mod podge and then added some other lines with an old card dipped in white and yellow paint.  I also made white circles…

  • Art,  Painting

    Sunflower Painting

    I made a giant 3 foot by 3 foot canvas, this is the biggest painting I’ve ever made and I really thoroughly enjoyed the process.  This painting is very special to me because it has so much meaning behind it and I was so very honored to be commissioned to make this .  A good friend asked me to make a painting with a sunflower because sunflowers used to be her late sister’s favorite. I chose to make three flowers because growing up we’ve always known this family and we referred to them as the ‘three sisters’, when we’d ask my mom where we are going she would say ‘the…

  • Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling,  Painting

    Follow the Light – Mixed Media Canvas

    Life can throw plenty of dark or hard times at us, we all have our own demons and struggles. I don’t often talk about the meaning behind my work, often times I start working on my Mixed Media pieces having no idea what they will turn into. This piece however, I feel the need to speak about. I’ve chosen to represent a journey through hard times on this canvas. Difficulties are represented here by the dark rainy cloud, but within that rain there’s always some beauty that can be found in the form of lessons learnt, finding out who’s really there for you and growing as a person. No matter…

  • Art,  Painting

    Kaaba Painting

    I’ve been meaning to share this painting on my blog for quite some time now, this painting is very close to my heart.  It is of the Kaaba, or the building at the center of the most sacred mosque.  This is the direction that Muslims pray in and it is the place that Muslims go to for pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.     This was made as a commissioned piece, and it now lives on a living room wall in Vancouver.  This canvas is 24×36 inches so 2 feet by 3 feet, the largest canvas I’ve made.  This is an acrylic painting and the gold on the kaaba…