“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight” – Orhun Pamuk
How well Orhun has defined art. It sure is something hard to describe, yet a good painting enriches your soul in more ways than you know. Its a great stress reliever and mood enhancer. So far, you have only heard about a few of my hobbies. Its sometimes hard to catch up on my interests as they’re too many. Today I will be sharing some of my paintings (on canvas) with you all. I will share my other artwork in another post with you all.
I have been interested in Art all my life. My mother Shireen Gheba Najib is a well known artist. She has held 13 solo exhibitions so far in her life and participated in hundreds of group shows all over the country.
” I dream my painting and I paint my dream” – Vincent Van Gogh
My mom Shireen Gheba Najib’s Painting on Islamabad
Being raised by her, I have vivid memories of us going to a picturesque locations with sketch books painting landscapes. Both our parents would always encourage art in all its forms. Whenever mama had to give someone a good gift, she would pick up a painting of hers and we would almost be in tears as we couldn’t part with her masterpieces.
My landscape painting in 1998
My miniature art painting in 1996
When I was only in grade 4, I started loving miniature art. I used to look at books with Mughal miniature art and try to copy it. During this time I made many but gifted them away. In 7th grade, I made another miniature art masterpiece for school competition called ‘A Marriage Ceremony’ in which I made a bride with her friends ready for her Mehendi. Unfortunately I had no picture of it and the school never returned it.
When I was in grade 8th, I had an amazing art teacher Ma’am Leyla as well who inspired me lot. During that grade, I made most of the paintings of my life. Unfortunately most of my art work got damaged/lost during our house moves.
My painting in 8th grade on the topic ‘The last scene’
I still remember in class once, she put on calm music and asked us all to close our eyes and let our hands paint whatever we feel. During that grade, I painted not only on canvas using paints but also used different mediums like glass, aluminum foil, Styrofoam on my work of art.
Decisions – An oil painting I made in grade 8 about how our important decisions affect our whole lives and hereafter.
After grade 8, I moved many more schools and almost lost interest in art. I always had so many hobbies at one time so Painting got sidelined for the longest time. Years later in London, when I moved to an apartment, the blank white walls started getting on my nerves. I went and bought some paintings from a boot sale. However those paintings were made by strangers and I couldn’t relate to the content. I then told myself that I can start painting again. That’s when I made two paintings using Acrylic paints.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it” – Ansel Adams
When I started living in Islamabad for a while, I developed interest in truck art. Its bright enriched colors made me fall in love with it. I kept looking at truck art on trucks, khussas, furniture, trays in detail. One day mama gifted me some paints and canvasses and there I was starting to paint again in 2015 in Islamabad. Initially I made the following two paintings:
“I paint the spirit and soul of what I see” – Brian Froud
When I made these paintings, I got amazing response from my mom, sisters, grandparents, colleagues and fiancé. That’s when I was motivated to make some more. Soon thereafter, I got the news that my fiancé would be getting a job in Lahore. I then got excited to make some more pieces of art to decorate our first new room together as a couple. So I made the following pieces:
I made this for Anyas room
I made this scene from our honeymoon resort Heritance Ahungala
Faisal mosque, Islamabad
During our honeymoon in Sri Lanka, I saw the cutest hand painted masks and elephants that stole my heart. They were so exuberant that I was cheerful only by looking at them. We went to the wood carving factory where we saw workers painting the masks and tiny elephants with vibrant colors. That’s when I decided to make at least one painting on Sri Lankan art.
Colors of Lanka
I have tried water colors, oil paints, poster colors but my all time favorite medium is Acrylics. I absolutely love working with them. They dry up quickly and are rich on the canvas. Due to my number of hobbies, and work life, I love working on small sized canvasses so I can complete a painting either in one go or within two days and move on. I hope you liked my paintings too.
“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint” – Edward Hopper
“I get strength from my art – all the paintings I own are powerful” – Madonna Ciccone
“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse
“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul” – Vincent Van Gogh
“The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
This was my first joint painting project with my mom Shireen Gheba Najib