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My top 10 artworks and photos for the year 2011

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year people!

2011 was a year full of challenges but it turned out for the best and for that I am truly thankful…

I browsed my photography and art folders and came up with this top 10 list. Its more of a “random 10 list” and I’m sure if I dug deeper into my folders I would have gotten a different list … but I like this one!

So … 5 artworks and 5 photos … with no particular order, here they are:

Smiling down on me

I have been told that “smiling down on me” is a mediocre painting, which might very well be the case. Why add it to a top 10 list? Because it taught me so much! I stumbled upon a bottle of acrylic paint which -at that time- I have never used before. I got myself a brush and a black paper, this was the result and my pencil-only style was changed … forever!

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Sweet dreams

“Smiling down on me” opened the door for a new experimental style and obviously enough I called it “inverted contrast“. “Sweet dreams” is my favorite in this series, it was technically challenging (again only one color, I didn’t use any black paint) and I actually carved some pattern into the hairs with a painting knife … you can’t see it here though!

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Goodbye Halcyon Days

“I wish I had 5 lives . . .
I would have have been born in 5 different towns,
I would have eaten my fill of 5 lifetimes worth of food,
I would have had 5 different jobs,
And for five times . . .
I would have fallen in love . . .
with the same person”

I’m not a big fan of doing fan art, but I thought the quote was absolutely brilliant so I had to sketch it! The scene is from the Anime “Bleach” episode 141: Goodbye Halcyon Days (if you want to see the scene, follow the YouTube link bellow)

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Amman in Jeans - a beautiful night in a beautiful city

“Amman in Jeans – a beautiful night in a beautiful city” was the first in my “jeans canvas” series; I already have a blog entry and a time lapse YouTube video about it, links bellow if you’re interested!

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Amman in Jeans - An Ammani Sunset

“Amman in Jeans – An Ammani Sunset” was the largest in my “jeans canvas” series; sometimes I wish I added more intense colors to the sunset but I really like the carved windows …. I already have a blog entry and a time lapse YouTube video about this one too, links bellow if you’re interested!

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I just love the colors in this one! I think it was my first day out with the University of Edinburgh Photography Society. We went to the Royal Botanic Gardens  … a gorgeous place indeed!



I went with my friends to the Edinburgh Zoo … came across this white face Saki monkey in the “magic forest” … an open primate house (no bars between humans and monkeys). I was captivated by the sad look on its face!
I later submitted this to the PhotoSoc photography competition … the theme was moods and I didn’t win 🙂

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This photo of the Scottish Monument won me the first place in the “Edinburgh Discovered” photography competition, it also got published in the Scotsman news paper. Full story in a dedicated blog post, link bellow!

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I was walking down the Royal mile (Edinburgh,UK) with a friend and for some reason I couldn’t get any good photos … then I noticed that the outline of the buildings to my left could look like a palace! So, a faster exposure to get the colors in the sky and silhouette the buildings gave me this!



Sunset at the Citadel, Amman, Jordan. This is arguably the most beautiful place in Amman and the citadel has a large stretch of empty land that would make a very fine park with spectacular views … unluckily though this place has limited access hours and you can’t enter at night unless there was an event going on …

That’s it! Happy new year everybody 🙂

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 12:41 pm

    Great Job! Keep it up buddy 😀

    • January 1, 2012 1:48 pm

      Thanks Amer, means a lot coming from you 🙂

  2. January 1, 2012 1:46 pm

    Beautiful, very very beautiful indeed!! Keep these work of arts coming, there is so much talent here, not the ordinary type, you’ve got a very special gift

    • January 1, 2012 1:48 pm

      Thank you Ola … I really appreciate it 🙂 Have a happy new year!

  3. hanen fa3uri permalink
    January 1, 2012 2:51 pm

    Good Job , i rlly liked them 🙂
    keep it Uup 😀

  4. January 1, 2012 3:28 pm

    10 thumps up !

  5. January 1, 2012 7:32 pm

    Wow, great work here – both in the artwork and the photography too. Hope 2012 is great for you! 🙂

    • January 1, 2012 8:34 pm

      Thanks Katie 🙂 best of wishes to you too!

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