My Paintings

My Paintings

“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 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.

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:
Heritance Ahungala – A scene from our honeymoon in Sri Lanka
I made this for Anyas room

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
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7 Replies to “My Paintings”

  1. I am amazed and really appreciate the way you have painted. Specially,you have portrayed Sri lanka very well. Detail is incredible. Keep it up sweety

  2. Thank you so much Sahar for the sweet comment. So glad you liked Sri Lankan paintings. I really enjoyed painting the colorful elephant. I had been dying to paint it since I got back from there 😀

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