Finally a day of great weather!
I did this design tonight. It started off one way and then finished with lots of leaves on the fingers. This henna I used from Pakistan has been fantastic thus far!
I was looking to do something floral yet abstract on my hand and the above is what I came up with. The mendhi cones (henna) were in fridge for nearly 2 years, I bought them when I visited Pakistan. It was surprising at how easily I was able to use the henna, it did not get hard and break up. The color stained my hand pretty well. A couple of tips to get henna dark- use sugar water on the paste while it is still on your hands, rub your hands with oil or lotion after washing it off, and make sure to leave it on for as long as you possibly can. The henna needs heat to get to its optimum color.
Vases at the British museum in London.
A couple of years ago I took a trip to visit a friend in London. We got a chance to see the famous British museum and the Islamic art exhibit there was gorgeous. I realized that i use many, many Islamic art motifs in my henna designs and now I look to them for inspiration. The floral patterns and geometric patterns and intricate mathematical algorithms look amazing on these mosque lamps and look just as stunning on henna patterns on ones hands!
The mosque lamps below were my favorites. They were lit up and looked exquisite in the light. The style of writing is beautiful.
If you would like to know more about Islamic Art - check out the Islamic Art exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I went to the MoMa in midtown for the first time in my life and it was a great and overwhelming experience. It was a free Friday and the place, like midtown Manhattan, was overflowing with tourists. It was difficult to navigate through the throngs (zillions of people with dslr's and strollers) so we didn't stay long. Note to self: Never go to a museum on a free Friday (or weekend for that matter)- check it out on an obscure day and time.
Nevertheless, I did get to see some classic works by Picasso, Munch, Van Gogh, and Monet, pieces that I had only ready about but never laid eyes in person. I was surprised by the sizes of some of the paintings. Picasso's work really stands out (two pictures above) and this painting below really represents melancholy and fear, in my opinion. The photo below is a work by Munch. I feel like I've seen that look in the mirror.
Now that I may get furloughed and have every Friday off, I can go museum hopping! I will definitely be back at the MoMa, so much to see and to get inspired by! Maybe I'll use abstract art in my future henna designs.
I love this city. But I hate it at the same time. Here is my list of annoying things about NYC and it's people. Feel free to add more!
1. People who take up more than one seat on the train. Or people who sit in the aisle seat and block you from the corner seat so you have to open your mouth and ask them to move so you can sit down.
2. Shopping in person. For anything.
3. People at work who are lazy, make twice as much as you do and do half the work you do.
4. Having to wait in line for practically everything!
5. Waiting a long time to pay for a coffee while foreign tourists who are on line in front of you are trying to differentiate between quarters, nickels, and dimes.
6. People who don't control their animals on the street and expect you to adhere to them.
7. People who walk slowly in groups and take up an entire sidewalk so not only can you not walk through them but you can't walk around them either.
8. The brown, slushy snow mess the day after a snow storm.
9. Waiting twenty minutes for a bus on a weekend, deciding to walk instead and two minutes into the walk, seeing the bus whiz by.
10. The constantly changing temperatures during the months of February, March, and April and the resulting sicknesses that ensue.
I can write much, much more!!
A restaurant on the ocean, Clifton, Karachi.
Pakistan is in the news again today, yet another bombing in Karachi, targeting the Shi'ite minority. Violence is disgusting, aren't we all Muslim? Why can the Shia not have their own views without being killed for it? May those who were killed find peace and be granted Heaven.
In part two of my Pakistan segment I try to bring forward the beauty of the country in these pictures. I visited Karachi again last summer and had the opportunity to travel north to Islamabad (the capital) and to Muree (a mountainous, tourist town). We took an early flight from Karachi to Islamabad and reached there in about an hour and a half. The weather in Islamabad was miserable, 95 degrees and incredibly humid, much worse than we left behind in Karachi. Karachi is very brown and Islamabad is green, it was like driving through parts of New Jersey or Pennsylvania, very suburban. Upon arriving in Islamabad, we packed up our things and drove to Muree, roughly 2 hours away. It was a long road into and up the mountains but we were more than pleasantly surprised upon arriving there. The temperature was a chilly 60 degrees, there were lights up for Ramadhan and many people were out and about in the town.
We set our bags down in our hotel and got to exploring, staying out on the main road until two in the morning, shopping, eating, and talking with the shop owners. The green tea and coffee was exceptional in Muree. We were practically giddy with excitement, my cousins and I. At night the town was very much alive, the lights looked like spaceships in the distance, each town carrying lights higher and higher in the mountains. The next day we explored some of the sites with a guide (encountered breathtaking views and a Santa Claus) and had some horrid and frightening driving experiences. Driving on those road is definitely not for the faint of heart; I can't remember ever praying so much for my survival. At the end of the day, we drove back to Islamabad. The next segment will feature my findings in Pakistan's capital city. Stay tuned!
Massive color blocks on a building. Inspiring that the work is allowed and that it's noticeable to pedestrians and not a distraction to cars driving because its a one way street.
Walking through soho with a friend yesterday gave me alot to think about. Thank you :)
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