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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!

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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!

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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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