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On my way home from town, I looked up and noticed the fresh snow on Bogorno.  Something down my feet caught my eye eventually.  I quickly came off the spell of the mountain’s beauty,  There, about to be squashed by my own foot, a brown leaf covered by newly formed water drops was my source of inspiration today!  I quickly grabbed my watercolors to catch on paper, something so simple yet fascinating.

“Don’t just look up!” I thought to myself…Image 

Al Noor Mosque

Have you ever had the urge to go back to a place where you’ve left unfinished business?

Inspiration called me this morning to head up to Sharjah, to finally put an end to what seemed to be my obsession since last Friday night.  The Friday, when for the first time, I managed to get myself into a taxi and said:

“To Sharjah!”

“Where exactly, Ms.?”  Asked the driver.

“I don’t know…drive me in that direction till I say stop.”  “Please.”  Smile.

That warm evening while on Corniche Street, I noticed Al Noor mosque with the most amazing sunset kissing its roof good-bye for the night.   The white walls were stained orange and I knew that’d be only for a brief moment.  I cried out:  “this is my stop, thanks!”

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The sunset on Al Noor mosque

I knew then, I’ve made a big mistake for leaving my watercolors at home….till this morning.

I found myself again, sitting on the spot where I had admired the beauty of this structure.  Looking for shade, I sat on a bench.  I was in the place I wanted to be.  I was once again outdoors, fascinated by the many wonders of the place I now call home.

 

Getting ready to sketch

Getting ready to sketch and do some watercolor painting

 

The end result of my study….

 

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Al Noor mosque, watercolor.

And the final touch….

 

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The artist’s signature

The dhows of Dubai creek

I have been spending a lot of time in the area of Deira, Dubai.  I can’t have enough of the old city, despite the heat, the crowd, and what many consider:  the “messy” streets!

Yes, Deira is far from being the glamourous Marina or the downtown area….the palm!  Yet many tourists (and residents alike) in my opinion, miss the opportunity to see the authentic Dubai, and where it all began!

I admit, I never thought I would find a lot of inspiration in a city like Dubai but I’ve been proven wrong!  From the my trips to the old souks and Deira itself, I have managed to capture beautiful everyday ordinary times on paper.  My favorite subject is the beautiful dhows in the Dubai creek.

Painting my dhows

Painting my dhows

Although a group of dhows can make a joyous sky like the many instruments in an orchestra, I prefer to isolate each dhow at a time. Each with its own unique details ..

A lonely dhow

A lonely dhow

 

Yet, like once was said:  ” Two is better than one!”  What do you think?! 😊

The dhows of Dubai creek

The dhows of Dubai creek

 

Deira, Dubai

In the heat of April’s early mornings, I stood like a kid in a candy store, not knowing where to go or look; everything attracts me!!!  It isn’t my first trip to Deira, I have come here many times.  Yet that feel of novelty always lingers in the air when I am there.  Deira isn’t just a shopping for rare objects, or spices but a place to find inspiration!

Between the so many mosques’ roofs popping in the skyline I sit and sketch my first watercolor.  This beautiful and colorful round dome is just breath-taking.

Deira mosque

Deira, Dubai

Deira mosque

Deira, Dubai

Just as I come out from the shaded corner at the entrance of the old souk, I see an older man taking refuge from the radiant sun.  Next to me, and unaware, he stays still and poses for me…

Deira, souks

A merchant’s face at Deira, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue

If you have ever thought people exaggerate when they say:  “life in Dubai is exciting,” they’re not lying!!!  I wake up everyday hungry to start my day.  Everyday brings another opportunity to either meet interesting people (from all over the world), or learn something new, be it something about the city, or just life in general.

Today was a day to have a small taste of the art scene here in Dubai.  My neighbor (and a friend I feel I’ve known all my life) and her friend (a new friend I also feel I’ve known for ages!) invited me to come to Alserkal Avenue.

Alserkal Avenue is a cluster of warehouses that over the years have been converted into art galleries, art studios and other creative shops.  Alserkal Avenue oozes creativity, culture, knowledge…emotions!  It is not wonder why this place has evolved into being an interesting art hub in the city.

Overwhelmed and tired, I have come home to write about my favorite pieces.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Tony Cragg in Leila Heller gallery:

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Tony Cragg

 

Safwan Dahoul in Ayyam gallery:

 

 

Angelica Dass and her project Humanae…which goes beyond skin tones.  It touches the very core of human existence, who we are and how we define ourselves.

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And since today is valentine’s day, I thought I would include a love story piece.  Unfortunately I cannot recall the name of this photographer.

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And last but not least..

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A memory captured on a piece of art:  priceless!

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Working…

 

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And us, the art lovers : )

 

 

 

Locarno film festival has arrived once again!!

It is hard not to get lost in the enthusiam of the Locarno Film Festival when one sees the making of the tents in “La rotonda,” the village at the round about of Locarno.  One can hear shouts, laughs, the sound of hard work despite the heat and the baking sun.  I love it; the town is once again, alive!

Things aren’t just happening at the big round-about.  The Locarno film festival also transforms our already beautiful town’s square, the “piazza grande,” into a massive movie theather!!  We see movies under the stars…what more magic can there be?

Well, there is plenty of magic to around, you’d be surprised:  this year’s guide is full of activities prepared by local galleries, museums, and the like.  We, culture enthuthiasts, prepare our own spaces to wow the masses!

I won’t lag behind.  This year, at my studio, I exhibit the work-in-progress of 12 talented Asconese students; hours of manual work dedicated to make a puppet show where the viewer can understand the importance of Ticino in the life of a well known artist in 1900’s:  Marianne Werefkin.

The exhibition consists of 15 puppets, behind the scenes photographs of our fun memories, a short cartoon film, and the opportunity to play with the puppets themselves!

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Me with the puppets!!!

It is a fun activity for the big, and small in you!  You can find me at my studio in Contrada Maggiore 6, Ascona, from the 8th to the 12th of August, 09:00 – 11:30.  Can’t wait to meet YOU!!!