Doors…

And the door opened and I was happy to see familiar faces…I was at my second home, the house of good friends.  You know, the kind of friends who become family.

Doors:  we all pass through them every day of our lives.  They are barriers we pass through to enter work, home, a place to talk to our God.  They protect us.  They keep our privacy.  Yet, we open and close them without finding their purpose fascinating!  I blame this on the fact that most doors are too plain to admire; too plain for us to give a thought about them.

Here in the Middle East, I have found doors that come in all shape and sizes…more sizes than shapes, in fact.  I’ve passed some really tiny ones, and some so tall I feel very small!

It’s almost hard to ignore them, the Arabian doors.  I look at them with amazement, these art pieces that hide behind them human life, human history, and a place for us to rest our tired souls and bodies.

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If only this door could talk..

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A door that once was, yet it’s frame was decorated with sea shells!

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A door long gone…

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A door leading to a place of rest…

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A tired door…

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A aged door…engaged 😅

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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…

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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 : )