An Egyptian living in Europe but her heart stayed back home. Having some random thoughts about the before and after pictures. Ghawayesh means bracelets. In my context it symbolizes the cuffs of my culture. I don't know if I like them or hate them. Thanks for passing by.

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I started this blog in 2006 as a joke. Now that I look back, I have decided to take it seriously!

28 November 2011

Egypt Votes! Power To My People!

A 7-minute women's queue! So proud- even if the elections get us all kinds of allaleet and 7allaleef- I'm still glad to see democracy.

Baby steps, baby. Baby steps.

26 November 2011


Tired, drained, exhausted.

Spent a whole week trying to help the injured in Tahrir on Twitter.

I wish all this pain would end soon.

Rise, Egypt, rise from the ashes. xxx

14 November 2011

Hamzawy For President

شالوم عليخم

عليخم السلام؟

اش حشيش افيون (بروتونكيل ألونال)ـ

اسبو اسبيرين نقط مناخير

بنادول ميجرانيل اوجمنتين كروكودال بواسير

خرا تريزيكال كونجستال افيبيكت

ليبراكس فيلدين انتوسيد افيلوكس

توسكان بريزولين كودافين كوكايين

اه اموكسيل فرقعتيل لبوس فيللين

شالوم تو جربة

شالوم تو جربة


(For non-Egyptians: In the video below; those are Egyptians pretending to be Israelis, but in fact both of them are reciting a list of names of medications, among other funny words. LOL!!)

My Current Work of Art.. Part 1

This is just the start. I hope to be able to finish it next week.

I regret that huge lotus in the middle though. =(

180*60 cm

13 November 2011

That Awkward Moment When..

You're having dinner in a restaurant, only to come eye to eye with the Russian wife of your friend cuddling with another (rich Russian) man!!

That's one thing I hate about small cities! -_-

12 November 2011


SCAF = Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Ruling Egypt now)

Ya Geneeeevaaaaaa!!

I want to contact you, my regular visitor from Geneva! How can I do that please?


Cheers! Got your comment and e-mail. Merci!

Hey Switzerland.

I'm busy writing xx ;)

09 November 2011


Could it get any hotter than this?


All dudes, get in suits, NOW.


Or, on second thoughts, you know what?


For your safety.


11-11-11 this Friday,

Full Moon this Thursday,

Asteroid flyby today....

This is a great time to tune in...

A great time to pay attention to the signs,

and those whisperings that keep singing in your ear....

02 November 2011

Accident Near My House

Almost 100 years ago!

It's heartbreaking how the hat is still lying next to the bike. Of course such picture would never exist in Egypt because within the speed of light you wouldn't find the hat, nor the bike, and the car would have been cut into pieces and sold out in minutes as well. You'd probably find only the crash victims. Naked.

Kollision eines Automobiles mit einem Motorrad am 10. Juli 1927 Ecke Freiestrasse / Steinwiesplatz
Bildquelle Unfalltechnischer Dienst der Stadtpolizei Zürich

Izlamists Are Coming

Look what the Salafis did to one of the most beautiful works of art in Alexandria. More to come!!

01 November 2011

The Power of Color

I have recently met someone who inspired me to pursue one of my yet unfulfilled dreams: taking painting classes.

The classes are amazing- I can't believe how lovely the teacher is! She's British and lived all over the world and brought the arts of every nation she visited with her in her atelier. Traveling is so enriching! And all the other students are British (hence hilarious!).

And it feels more like a therapy session than a class!

One thing I learned so far is mixing colors. I work with acrylic paint. Here's a genius thingie called Quiller's Wheel that helps you get exactly the color you're aiming for (details below). In the past we learned to mix white and black to get grey, right? Wrong! That's the worst option! You can mix blue and orange for grey! And certain green and certain orange for yet another shade of grey. Yeah baby! And so on.

Can't wait for my first project. I already have two ideas and unlike other students, I will not imitate a famous painter in my first production. It's going to be my baby. B-)

Photo and text below are from here:

"Color Choices" by Stephen Quiller

One reason that choosing paints in an art store can be frustrating is due to the variety of names for every color. Take yellow for example Hansa Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Deep,Cadmium Lemon, Aureolin Yellow, Indian Yellow, Naples Yellow, and New Gamboge. How are all these yellows alike? How are they different?

The information in "Color Choices" by Stephen Quiller provides a way to understand color relationships. A detailed color wheel in the book called the "Quiller Wheel" provides a comprehensive roadmap for color. This can be of great help in creating harmonious color relationships, and achieving optimum color balance in your paintings.

As you see in the Quiller Wheel above, all the colors of the RAINBOW are positioned around the outside of the color wheel. These pure hue colors are at full intensity. Any two colors that are directly opposite each other are complements.

The colors inside the color wheel are neutralized to some degree by being mixed with each other. When any two complements are mixed together in equal proportions, a neutral color results similar to gray. A term that Stephen Quiller uses for these mixtures is "semi-neutrals". The artist can create an almost endless variety of semi-neutral colors simply by adjusting the ratio of one complementary color to the other. Taking advantage of this variety is much more interesting than using a commercial gray straight from the tube.

Stephen Quiller's book also presents color schemes and approaches as well as guidance in the effective use of dominant and subordinant color.

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