Thursday the 6th of December

I remember looking at a colored pencil artist’s video. She was meticulously layering the colors for a painting of an apple. I came across a comment made under the video : ‘I don’t want to spend my entire life drawing one apple!’

I smiled and shook my head at how impatient some people were. There was a reason the said artist is a known cp artist, have received awards and published books. Her patience and diligence has paid off.

The only way to do colored pencil is not just slow and steady layering, of course not. The point I am trying to make is, painting, in general, can be a slow process sometimes requiring extraordinary amount of patience. And colored pencil is a medium that will test you.

I work slowly as I am in to detailed work but colored pencil slows me down even more. I began to feel frustrated and said ‘no more cp!’ after this latest one. Then I remembered the artist’s video and the comment under it. I smiled and told myself, take a few days’ break and do some quick paintings. Refresh yourself.

Here is my latest colored pencil piece. I have named it Blue Noon (don’t ask me, it just popped in to my head) – not particularly crazy about the title; it will have to do for now.


Tomorrow this will be available on

See you all next month!


Sunday the 22nd of October

So, as I was waiting for my sister to deliver her baby, I thought might as well start a new painting. No point wasting time. So during the waiting and after the baby was born and during the sleepless nights (anybody who has looked after a baby will know, lol!), I worked.

And so finally, I finished it a week ago!

Here it is

Peachy Bloom

“Peachy Bloom”

11″x10″, colored pencil on paper

Hope you like it!

See you all next month!

Thursday the 3rd of August

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. As some of you might know, my sister was pregnant. She lives in Taiwan and I have been here for the past month with my mother to help my sister. She was frustratingly several weeks late but it’s been worth it. She has delivered a beautiful baby girl.

There was a damper on our happiness as my niece developed Tachypnea. The poor child has been in the NICU for the past week. Now she is better and will be discharged tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Just wanted to share my happiness with you, my dear readers. And also this colored pencil piece I had finished in June. Enjoy!



Sunday the 28th of May

The next step:


There were lots of individual white hairs (fur) overlapping the orange areas. I forgot to indent them and when I remembered I couldn’t be bothered 🙂 So I used gouache to do the work for me.


I was aware of those folds in the upper left corner when I started with the kitty but I ignored it. As the work progressed, the folds felt too visible to ignore. Normally, I wouldn’t use a paper with a fault except for sketches etc,. So now the fold is there, what’s a girl to do?

I used an iron. Honest! Set to low and ironed that corner, on the back side. Although I was terrified, it worked. The fold isn’t that noticeable now, is it? I lightened the image so you may be able to see the difference.

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Cropped and ready:KITTYWPRESS

Still haven’t a title. Suggestions please 🙂






Friday the 4th of December

I have been experimenting and here’s one I tried with marker pens (Letraset Flex Marker). Markers first, colored pencils on top.


The reference is not a royalty free photo so I don’t intend to finish this one. It was just an experiment. Here I used the colors : Light Fawn, Blush and Cinnamon and some Nutmeg.


I started layering with colored pencils, above.

The problem with markers is, yup you guessed it, the smell. If you are okay with it, it’s quite a nice medium. Expensive though – each pen will cost you Dhs 10/- 20151024_133243

Until, next time my dear readers. Take care. And keep toxic people out of your life 🙂


Tuesday the 20th of October

So this is how the recent commission had looked midway (I had put morning glories in her hair – a Lefebvre-nymph style):


I thought I’ll write a post on how I managed to edit out the flowers:

  1. First, I asked myself why did I have to experiment in the first place?
  2. Then, I called myself an impulsive idiot.
  3. Sighing and armed with a green tack (Faber Castell multipurpose adhesive putty), I dabbed out as much as pigment I could from the flowers.
  4. Then, using a regular eraser I gently rubbed out the colors that didn’t come out with the tack. For the really dark colors, I used a battery powered eraser (Derwent).
  5. Since her hair is black, going over the spaces of the absent flowers was easy. I resisted the temptation to press hard with the browns and blacks.

I want to try flowers- in-the-hair again, not very soon though. Take care everyone. Till the next post, bye.

Wednesday the 30th of September

Couple weeks after the last blog post, I started work on a portrait I was commissioned to do for my sister’s friend. Even though the going was slightly rough, I enjoyed it. My client was satisfied, the portrait and money exchanged hands. Everything was fine for the next three days – I mean my mood. Then it hit – depression. I don’t know if it was depression returning or worsening or if it was an episode. Maybe the term depressive episode is more apt. Will clarify with doctor.

The episode didn’t happen just like that (there were reasons) and the past two weeks were really baaaad! In my desperate search for relief from the emotional pain, I searched the Internet (where else) for answers. My doctor had forbidden me to do this because some, if not most, Internet information on depression are not reliable. I remembered this and although I did read a few dozen articles, I looked for books on depression. I came across an audio book on youtube – The Mindful Way Through Depression. Here is the link:

I don’t know what to think of the book but it gave answers for a lot of my mental and emotional distress. Very interesting. Even if you don’t have depression, it may help you to understand a relative or a close friend who is suffering.

I feel a little better now – hence the new post 🙂 But you know what? From now on, I am going to post no matter my mood. The posts might be less cheery, that’s all! So, with my client’s permission, here is the portrait I did:

11"X14" Colored pencil on paper

Colored pencil on paper

For some inexplicable reason (i think it is called inspiration), midway through the work, I put morning glories in her hair – a Lefebvre-nymph style. Then I srcubbed the flowers away and went back to the original path. I took a picture of it though and am going to put it on my Facebook page.

That’s it for today. Till next time, take care and remember to breathe….