The One With Art 1st Birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

I’m so happy to share with you the 1st anniversary of The One With Art.

I can’t believe it has been 1 year already and you have stayed with me and curiously followed my art and crafts work.

So here I’m sending you huge THANK YOU! Please keep visiting this page and I do promise not to disappoint you.

Happy Birthday for THE ONE WITH ART and I’m hoping for more successful years to come.

Kate

 

 

Muslim Fest 2014

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Welcome to 2014 Muslim Fest presentation.

Muslim Fest 2014It was so amazing to be here again and experience so big event and exposure.

All of the artists worked hard to prepare fantastic art and present it in best possible way. My only complain would be space usage on the exhibit. We were limited to 5 items of art only but there was actually much more space which could be used and we could easily fit in 7 or 8 pieces each. I think it is going to be my recommendation for next year.

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Kids section shined with Parya’s artwork which made us very proud!

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I was so happy to see interest in my paintings. Business cards were disappearing from the table. I hope that all of you who have pick them up will be my new viewers on line.

Exhibit was an exiting event and I’m thinking already what to show next year.

See you again on Muslim Fest and for those who didn’t make it this year please try in 2015, you are going to love it.

Muslim Fest 2011 and 2012

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Due to the new upcoming event in Mississauga this year I have decided to share some memories of two Muslim Fests.

I had the pleasure of participating in both of them and showing my art.

Muslim Fest 2011 aThe Muslim Fest has a long tradition in Canada and it has an average of 25 thousand visitors during the 2-day event.

The Art Exhibition is one of many attractions among live music, stand-up comedy shows, camel rides, a bazaar and Middle Eastern food.

These were my first public presentations. I’m sure you can recognize same paintings I have already presented on this website but stay tuned: the new Muslim Fest 2014 is coming up in a few weeks and I will have some new paintings to show. Muslim Fest 2012

 

Neilson Park – BLACK & WHITE Exhibition

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I’m glad you are back to see what new is going on here.

I have entered into the Black & White Art exhibition which is hosted by Neilson Park.

As the title suggest the art work has to be black & white only. this is first exhibition out of 3 prepared for this summer and hopefully I will participate in all of them.

I have decided to compose something different than I used to.

On this painting (reading from the top) you can see an average, cloudy sky, well blend with realistic shapes. This is representing the ever changing part of our lives but at the same time is a very clear aspiration of Heaven.

black&white 3On the left side we can see irregular lines, ugly, overlapping, some of them flat, some with texture – this is where we live and how unimportant it is, unclear and messy. Also it represents the passing of time and how little of it we actually have.

black&white 5On the right side you can see the perfected shape of a place of worship. it is ideally white and clean, and formed, and stable against the rest of the painting. It is like an anchor of our life and stepping in it will let us see this cloudy sky.

black&white 2On the bottom of the painting towards the building you can see the shapes of people. since we have only black and white colors to use I have used different shades of grey to illustrate the different characters of people. Some shapes are dark or black – thses are bad people among us who are hypocrites and the are still blending in and going to pray. Then you can notice shapes of people in the crowd with printed words on them. Words represent all the values I’m identifying my religion with and which I’m trying to communicate to the world.

black&white 1The painting is full of meaning and I’m planning to show it at the Muslim Fest 2014 which is coming up in the first weekend of August.

black&white 4Let me know what you think about it.

Take Care! 🙂

First guest – Parya, my daughter

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I have decided to share my space with some friends and family or any of you who would like to show your art work or creative projects.

There is no other way like starting this section with the presentation of my daughter Parya and her fantastic art. She is only six now but started to show her love for art at the age of one.

My house is always full of markers, crayons, paints and paper. She doesn’t stop making more and more of drawings and I’m more and more impressed by her skills. Her patience is still limited, so some guidance by mom is always very helpful, but once she gets the idea she will turn it into magic!

We do spend quite a lot of time on learning and Parya is always involved in most of the stuff I do. Parya - child artist 3logo

This was one of the memorable days when I discovered how much she enjoys painting. She loved all the colors and how they mix with each other, and also holding a brush was so good. The result was amazing! I will keep it forever!

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Just a few months later my daughter was involved in painting a big acrylic canvas with cartoon characters. She was so happy! We were putting together all of her “best friends”.

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The next great adventure with art was when we moved to Canada. We both took part in the Muslim Fest art show in 2011. Parya presented two of her artworks (age of 4). She was one of the few child artists that year and definitely the most professional. Parya - child artist 6logo

We repeated our success in 2012 and this time it was even more special as she was the only young artist. I was so proud of her!

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It is a wonderful pleasure doing art together and I’m sure our little joint venture will grow with time, and if Parya decides to carry on with art and develop her talent further I will be right there helping and supporting her all the time.

Look out for future pieces made by Parya! 🙂

Great deal T-shirts

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This is going to be a surprise!Tshirt1 When it gets a bit colder and we have to start thinking about long-sleeved t-shirts for kids it is hard to find bargains in the stores. When I was looking through summer season clothes on sale I found those fabulous tank tops size XL for men. There was plenty of material to make something brand-new and the colors are lovely too, so why not?! I got two of them for $6 in total and started planning.

I thought that adding some fun to this project will engage my daughter as well, so after cutting it all up and then putting it together I allowed her to create some art on it. t-shirt 1 I’m glad I got two of those t-shirts because I messed the up the red one a bit and the sleeves got too tight to wear it.

t-shirt 2So we ended up with tank top again, but it is ok, another long-sleeved t-shirt can go underneath or I could have used other material to make sleeveless, but there was no time! I had my little art maker standing next to me and keep asking “Can I start now? Can I start now?”. I had to hurry up so she could start on the red piece and I could work on the blue one. t-shirt 3The finished project is  lovely and she couldn’t wait to put it on 🙂 t-shirt 4 We have used special paints for fabrics. paint for fabrics Mine  are quite old and after drying I have to iron them to make the picture permanent but you can get a wide range of this kind of products in “Michaels” or even in Walmart. Those new ones are much easier to use with a little applicator at the end, so no more messy brushes.

Painting on the fabric is a lot of fun, so I’m sure you will see more of it on future posts. Going back to my project 🙂 I finished the 2nd t-shirt, this time I took better measurements so the sleeves were bang on. t-shirt 5 I know there is no art on it yet but wait a second! I will update this post again very soon so you can see final result. This time I’m having fun with painting it 🙂

T-shirt art Now the t-shirt is so unique, colorful and pretty! I just love it! Would your kids love it? Go on, have a try!

Fine Art Fall Project

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What do you do on long fall weekends?

Some people like to sit in front of the TV, some like to put a puzzle together or read a book. They are not bad ideas but I highly recommend to try your hands on something special which you could be proud of and even hang in your living room – or at least your kitchen. 🙂

Fall colors are bringing so much inspiration and ideas. My imagination goes wild with all those yellows, reds and brown shades. I have not prepared a step by step presentation yet but I would like to show a few of my pieces which you may like to copy (for your private use only) and I will provide support with some theory on composition and step by step tutorials for something simple and yet striking. 🙂AfroditelogoOne of my favorites oil paintings. I have called her Aphrodite but this may not be a very fortunate choice. Nevertheless , the idea came to me kind of in a dream, and the next day I went for  a walk,  took a pictures of nature around me and picked some leaves and roses which were on their “last legs” anyway. Then I drew it all on the canvas, filling  gaps with different kind of shapes imitating all of the fall life I have managed to collect. Then I studied the colors and lines. It took me a year to finish it off but I have to admit I’m not very fast with my painting and sometimes it takes a while to just took at it and find those small details or shapes of shadows which should be added or painted more deeply. This may be the beginning of your imagination about fall colors and shapes 🙂Fall flowersThis one was inspired by an old postcard which I don’t have anymore but I remember it from my childhood. The composition is simple, maybe too simple, but there is something hidden in the painting which makes it very funny to me because it reminds me how we, as a kids, used to dream about little fairies from the forest. If you look carefully there is one sitting on the edge of the vase.Just for kitchenHehehe and this is an old one! Painted about 10 years ago. I had this annoying empty space of wall in my kitchen. I really had to do something with it. The painting took not more than 40 minutes. I was surprised how many of my friends really like it and were even trying to nick it 🙂 I guess it could fit on many small empty walls. I have decided to put it on this post to show how something so simple and not really demanding in time, supplies and special preparations can make an impression on viewers and give you pleasure while you’re creating it.

Now, go on and start creating your own fine art fall project.

Happy ideas,  big or small, hunting for fall colors!