Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tiger Lily

When Tilly, the love of my life, passed in June, I thought it would be impossible for me to get another cat. Tilly was irreplaceable, a cat that was there with me and for me through great times and, more importantly, the shitty ones—giving her love unconditionally.

 I felt an immense guilt for having to put her down after we knew there was no more we could do for her and her cancer. She lived one more whole year on her homeopathic meds (and I couldn't be happier to have had that time with her). So I felt an immense guilt even thinking about another kitty in her place.

Then...about 4 months after Tilly died, I volunteered at an animal adoption event and met the creature that would melt my heart, and heal it at the same time.

Enter, Tiger Lily. I have had this little furry creature for a month and what's been her message to me? Don't delay the joy and love another animal can bring (and don't wallow in your sadness too long). She has brought with her so much love and new energy, but honestly, it feels like the energy is just continuing, right where we left off with Tilly. I love you forever, Till. Thank you for being in my life.

Here's some recent drawings I made of Tiger Lily. And also one I did of Tilly exactly a year ago today...




 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Twisted Dove

A woman on the bus had a white dove in a cage. It was a rescue and she was taking it home. The dove could twist its neck almost 360 degrees, like an owl. I thought this was amazing. But the woman told me that the dove suffered from a disease called paramyxovirus—which effects a pigeon's nervous system and muscular function—where the bird's neck can not turn straight, making it almost impossible to feed itself. Normally, these doves are euthanized.

She said the dove has been doing better, with training. In the cage, however it struggled under stress.

I did these drawings when I got home. I couldn't get the image of this twisted dove out of my head. I couldn't imagine how it must've felt. Yet, I could somehow relate...




Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cherry Blossoms!

This past Saturday, I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the famous cherry blossoms. I thought I'd missed their blooming extravaganza and had pretty low expectations. As I turned the corner on the path to the Cherry Walk, though, I was presented with an explosion of blossoms! It was intoxicating. Walking down the path with the branches intertwining above me and the sun streaming through...it was pure magic.

I'm still kind of in disbelief that I caught the blossoms at the exact right moment. Just a day or so before, a friend was telling me they were still not all quite out. It's like they all burst into bloom overnight. And it was lovely to see so many people enjoying them. We were all bursting into bloom as well, after the winter we've had.

I did a few drawings and watercolors under a cherry tree with my friend, Jen, who joined me. Showers of petals would fall from the strong breeze...my favorite part. I felt as though I were a little girl back in Iran, among the cherry blossoms there.











Here a couple of drawings from the beautiful Japanese garden, featuring a torii.




And some pics of the actual trees. Couldn't get enough!








Saturday, March 1, 2014

Paperswell: Flowers/Ladies/Art

It was a real treat to get my copy of Paperswell a couple of weeks ago. A very talented designer by the name of Kelle McCarter contacted me last year, inviting me to be a part of the latest issue of her magazine. I was thrilled. You can see a preview here and order your own copy by clicking on the link above. The magazine has a spread on each artist, and features beautiful designers of stationery, and illustrators as well. All proceeds go to the Golden Retrievers of the Rockies fund! You can't go wrong with that :)

Kelle has also written a lovely piece on me on her blog. Check it out here.

To learn more about Kelle, please click here.




Sunday, August 18, 2013

Threshold (Anemones)

Revisiting a project from several years ago, I found this drawing and painting to be such a struggle to create today. I hate when art-making is a struggle. I feel like I'm at the threshold between old and new (what I've done and what I'm not sure of). I'm feeling insecure about it. Frustrating and challenging. I just wanted to put this idea down. It's been milling around in my head for weeks. But my vision and reality have become two different things. Maybe that's a good thing? This is what came out. I'm not sure yet what I think, because they are me and not me at the same time. I know that I am impatient and rusty. But I was thinking of my old friend Klimt a little bit. And a new guy came into my head today, Odilon Redon. Not someone I ever look to. But I don't have control over that. When I draw, it's something else that moves the brush and pen...this much I do know. I'm feeling like those fragile anemones.

Venus and Adonis (the origin of the red anemone)

Anemones (the death and rebirth of Adonis)



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tilly

Tilly (or Matilda) came into my life on November 13, 1998. She was a Toroise Shell Calico (Tortie) kitten that locked eyes with me in her cage (she actually hypnotized me), and has been the love of my life ever since. But her life took some twist and turns as she had to stay with my sister for several years. But that just gave her double the love. Just last week, Tilly was diagnosed with nasal cancer that has eaten through her bone, slowly invading her brain, and pushing on her eye.

In a million years, I never thought this was the way Tilly would end her days...she is a fiesty cat, full of piss and vinegar and won't give up easily. Neither will I. That's why I started this fundraising campaign for her. In return for your donation (however small or big), you will receive a beautiful piece of art that you can remember me and her by. Maybe you have always wanted to buy original art, or would like to add to your collection. Well, here is your incentive.

Tilly and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



Wovens


 
Winter Watermelon, made of cashmere
Verdura, merino wool
Stones and Snow, made of handspun wool from Isreal and Vermont

Persian Garden

Rhapsody in Pink and Grey, wool blends with handpainted silk