The Story Behind the Paintings

7 Sep

If you’ve followed dab on instagram, then you’d know that there’s always a painting or design in progress.  The story behind all these designs have less to do with business and more to do with experiences.  I started investing in art at an early age.  For me, art has always been about self-expression.

One of my favorite feelings that I enjoy illustrating would be love. In it’s essence, love goes beyond the physical.  Love has no prejudice or restriction . One of my recent abstracts illustrate two people embracing.  These two people could be lovers, friends, a parent, sibling, or relative.  Through shapes and colours, I tried to illustrate the vulnerability love instigates amongst people.

Love

Love & Vulnerability

5 Pointers to Awaken Creativity

28 May
The Universe from Within

The Universe from Within- Creativity

cre·a·tiv·i·ty

ˌkrē-āˈtivitē
noun: the use of the imagination or original ideas.
The word creativity is often misunderstood. I can’t tell you the number of I’ve times I have heard individuals tell me, “I’m not creative”.
Creativity is a notion that isn’t just reserved for artists and designers, but one that each of us bear.  Ideas, imagination, action, are fueled by creativity.   Where would we be without creativity?  Answer: bored, drained, and stuck on stand-still.
In order to live life to our fullest, we must allow ourselves to embrace creativity.  How do we do that?
(My) 5 top practices to awaken creativity: 
1.  Relaxation:  Meditation, good rest, eating well, helps build one’s body & mind capable of producing robust thoughts and ideas (aka creativity).
2. Curiosity:  Education doesn’t begin or end with a diploma.  Every moment is an opportunity to discover something new.  We live in an endless Universe, filled with mystery and awaited discovery.
3. Focus:  The great innovators of mankind lived with immense focus.  Their thoughts were seldom interrupted by meetings, formalities, or advanced technology (phone, TV… Facebook/ Facetime).
4. Passion: Being passionate allows the creative juices to flow freely through the mind. Passion can galvanize by habits that spark creativity and excitement; e.g: learning, dancing, playing a sport, designing, cooking or reading.
5.Practice: Whether it’s a skill or a goal, creative expertise doesn’t just happen.  The greatest sportsman, artists, musicians, researchers, scholars, businessmen, were not born experts, they all had to rigorously practice  before their ideas & practice were able to create a deep impact in society.
Can you think of any other ways to awaken your creativity?

Passion in Works

13 May

Past few months I’ve been busy brainstorming and creating new art/design pieces.  Juggling a full-time job while working on art is ultra exhausting, but nonetheless enjoyable. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life,  no one should ever give up on their own talent…It’s through discovering and sharing your talent that one can find a lot of happiness.  And learning to master your own passion can be rewarding in more then one way!

Check out some more designs on my Instagram and website.

Lines of the Lion

Lines of the Lion

Inside the Mind

Inside the Mind

Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Ray

The Universe From Within

The Universe From Within

Paint Bathing

Paint Bathing

The Search for Authenticity

13 May

I spend a good portion of my internet time browsing news, fashion & interior design blogs.  Art, fashion, design, are elements of expression. And it’s through expression that I find truth.  On that note, although I’ve been thoroughly entertained by the overload of style, art, and design, I can’t help but also be concerned by another truth: the rise of extreme narcism, isolation, and imitation.  I have  been guilty of it, but try to understand and catch it before I’m  in too deep.

The screen in itself cradles a projection; and many use that projection to create a new self, a self that they wish they were. The projection itself holds empty value.  That image soon gets lost amidst a clutter of viral images.  When used in moderation, what we “project” can help connect, inspire, and challenge people intuitively and practically.  On the flip side, we all  hold equal potential to create an authentic  and spiritual connection outside our cell phones, laptops, and computers.  When we  look, feel, and engage with one another in the real, it is then that we experience a more authentic, everlasting and spiritual connection.

When we become vulnerable to our own reality, our true emotions can encourage stronger connections and engagement.  Each one of us are defined with a unique purpose, strength, and beauty. And It’s a shame when people reject their true selves, just to fit the shoes of an imaginary self, confined by insecurity. Our willingness to be vulnerable to our individuality  will allow us to unshackle our insecurities and inspire the human potential.   We aren’t defined by what others see, but by the unspoken impact that we create.  Our ability to change the World and ourselves does not revolve around imitating the latest trend, but by creating a new one from “deep within”. With that said, by respecting our own authenticity we can embrace the unique life which surrounds us.

Have you found your authentic self?

 

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

 

 

Manuscripts Found in Accra: By Paulo Coelho

9 Jan

My recent read is “Manuscripts Found in Accra”.  Here’s a lovely excerpt about the importance of solitude relative to love:

 

“Without solitude, Love will not stay long by your side.

Because Love needs to rest as well, so that it can journey through the heavens and reveal itself in other forms.

Without solitude, no plant or animal can survive, no soil can remain productive for any length of time, no child can learn about life, no artist can create, no work can grow and be transformed.

Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement.
Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.

Therefore, blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.

If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.
And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void.

But the void does not exist. A vast world lies hidden in our soul, waiting to be discovered. There it is, with all its strength intact, but it is so new and so powerful that we are afraid to acknowledge its existence.

Just as Love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist.”

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Global Decor

11 Dec
The journey outside has a way of inspiring our home decor. Add a touch of Morocco’s Blue City with these simple little decor ideas.
***Please note, the art piece is no longer available.  To view similar pieces, please visit www.dab-art.com.

thebluecity

The Story Behind This Painting

3 Dec

One of my latest art pieces was inspired by the mysterious disjoined letters of the ancient Quran scripture, Alif Laam Meem.

If anyone has read the  Quran’s 1400 yr old scripture, which has stayed consistent in it’s classical Arabic,  they will know that the Quran carries timeless wisdom along with mystery.  The disjointed Arabic characters, Alif Laam Meem, are one of the many mysteries.

There are a few philosophies about what these characters mean.  Yet,  scholars still manage to illustrate new philosophies based on  new discoveries.  It’s as if these characters are trying to tell us something. Perhaps it’s signifying how we should handle our interpretation of the “truth”?  When we are unable to realize the exact meaning of something, this should not lead us to automatically reject it,  make any strong assumptions, or adopt a strict stance based on our interpretation.  These disjointed characters should  not only humble our minds,  but inspire us to seek greater meanings and fresh interpretations of all that remains a mystery.

I see Alif Laam Meem as characters that represent true art, a challenge that inspires us to be in awe and  continuously explore the divinity of life. 

Alif Laam Meem

The Mystery of Alif Laam Meem. See more art at dab-art.com.