• Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling

    Life is Beautiful- Mixed Media Canvas

    It’s been an emotional week with news of the passing of two very famous personalities (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) and the french man who threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah.  As a result, we’ve all been seeing a lot of posts addressing issues of mental health and suicide in particular.  It’s so hard to imagine sometimes how people who have had so much success in life,  been such an inspiration to others, and brought so much joy can themselves be depressed and struggling with mental health issues. ​Mental health continues to be a stigma and a topic that people are very uncomfortable approaching.  I…

  • 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,  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,  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…

  • Art,  Mixed Media & Art Journaling,  Painting

    Painting- Blue Mosque

    I’ve shared some of my paintings out of order, this is actually the very first mosque painting that I made and It’s really special to me because it started a whole group of paintings that people are really connecting to.   There isn’t really much else that I can say about this painting so I’ll just let it speak for itself. I’ve taken techniques out of my mixed media/ art journal and brought them on to the canvas with the addition of the mosque.  This is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Turkey, better known as the Blue Mosque.  The next mosque painting I made was the Putrajaya Mosque. © Ammara Cokar…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Painting

    Painting- Putrajaya Mosque

    Happy new year! I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season and stayed warm.  I don’t really make new year’s resolutions per-say because there are constantly things that I am trying to improve and change all the time.  One thing I will try for this year though is to post at least once a week on either my art or my recipe posts.  So here’s to week 1 of posting weekly! Let’s see how long this lasts- fingers crossed. Almost a year ago now, my uncle took me to this beautiful mosque in Putrajaya Malaysia called the Putra mosque which is situated on the edge of the man-made wetland. …