Under the Azure Dome

Under-the-Azure-DomeMy hand-carved sculpture is a tale of man and woman as a symbol for all human beings united through their hearts, souls, and energies. They are united under the Azure Dome and protected by the One Blue Sky. They exist through their centers and through hearts full of life and energy – which is now ONE.

Through personal insights into human existence, I have displayed the oneness between human beings and the universe. At the same time, the stone guided me through and showed me the path, brought me closer to nature and its core value. Looking at my sculpture, I believe that you can hear my message and the message of this stone, a stone which has witnessed many tales.

There are many elements, topics, and meanings that can be found in this piece of art. Possible points of focus include:

  • A man and woman: Symbolizing the unity and oneness of human beings
  • The Azure Dome: The protection that comes from a higher power
  • A Horse: Symbolizing power, grace, beauty, strength, and freedom – a link between earth and heaven
  • An Elephant: Symbolizing the qualities of wisdom and knowledge
  • A Hand: A token of peace and protection

As an observer, one is free to find, through one’s own imagination, many other expressions in this piece of artwork.


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Contemporary Abstract Sculpture

My first Soapstone Sculpture!

We learned to carve in first year of the Visual Arts Program at school on a Plaster/Vermiculite block. For someone with no previous experience in sculpture, nevertheless in carving, it was a challenge learning new techniques.

Owl Man
Owl Man

 

One week after school finished, I bought a Brazilian soapstone, had my sketches ready and started carving. I had no idea what to expect. I was thinking it should be the same as the block that I carved for the school project, but it wasn’t!

At first I was eager to finish it fast to see the result, but I learned that it’s not that easy and I shouldn’t rush.

This was a great experience for me considering I have no patience.

In this journey, I’ve learned to be patient. I’ve learned to enjoy the process. And most of all I have learned to communicate with the piece. It was like the stone is communicating through me, it’s guiding me through a path, it’s talking to me. I felt like I am far, far away, in the heart of nature. I was in tune with nature. I was one with it! Some kind of spiritual connection with nature through the stone, that is not describable and was exciting and overwhelming.

So, I learned a LOT in this process and enjoyed it immensely!

Be well! :)

My First Bronze Medallion; a fantastic journey and experience :)

I was so busy these past few months with my school projects that I couldn’t catch my breath, and I still am! But today after a long absence I felt like having a new post.

Here it is my latest work: a bronze medallion!

Title: ME & THE UNIVERSE

Obverse-Bronze Medallion
Bronze Medallion - Obverse: "ME" FREED
Bronze Medallion - Reverse: "ME" IN LOVE

The subject of my art is “me” in Persian (pronounced MANN).

My approach is to attain perfection through spiritual growth. Through spiritual growth, I experience self-realization and self-awareness. This means that I am gaining a clear vision about my place in the universe, the universe in which I find my individual entity. This clear vision (about the universe) leads me to believe that I am a conscious part of the universe and the universe flows in me. This is the reason why I am experiencing a unity between the universe and me.

I am an individual in unity with the universe. The universe has become aware in me and I am aware that the universe is working within me to bring out my individual gifts. When I actualize my personal gifts (which are given to me by the universe), I gain direction.

This is the reason why I have come to understand where I have come from and where I am heading. I know that I am more than a body. I am as vast as the universe. Whatever I gain, grasp, and learn in this world become a part of me and will be transferred to the afterlife. I believe that the universe is not separated from me and I am one with the universe. This oneness is my subject in my art.

Love & Peace

:)

 
 

 

Learning the Art of Ceramics

Walking in Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the first artwork that is introduced to us (a group of students) was the 3 ceramics tall vases created by Greg Payce. 

He is born in 1956 and this specific art work installed at the entrance for greetings and  welcoming visitors. Earthenware with Slips was used in this piece with the title of “Apparently”, created in 1999.

At first, one would see 3 tall vases close to each other but with different shapes and colour contrast. When looked deeper at the shapes you can see a boy and a girl looking at each other in the negative space between vases.

One has to have a strong and powerful vision of creating such shapes and slips on the vases to bring the illusion of human body and form. The positive and negative spaces and varieties of bright colours gives a Joyful conjunction.

The contrast of two black on the sides with the colourful stripes in the centre catches the eye and emphasizes more at the centre piece which at the same time harmonizes the balance between them.

The lively illusion of characters looks as if they were about to start a folkloric dance. There is an impression of music in the background, playing off colours and joyous dances in a happy celebration. The composition works so well that the gender can be differentiated.

This art work is a showcase of hope and innocence conveyed by the forms of children along side of history and cultural, symbolized by different colour and surface treatment is cleverly imagined, planned and implemented and shows the artist’s vision, sensitivity and technical expertise.

The layered vessels with stripes and bursts of colour, and the spaces between them that reveals images of a boy and a girl makes an impressive affect. These hidden images show that beauty is found not only in what is built but in the quality of the spaces in-between these creations to an observant visitor!

This ceramic art work brought so much interest in me that some research was required and compiling to get a grasp of this artist and his works. It brought great pleasure to find out that he is a Canadian born artist.

- The piece encourages strong feelings in me as I see an immense authentic similarity between human and clay.  Clay forms through fire, the same way, human forms through life experience and knowledge. It is the life challenges that shape mortals, just as the artist design and build the clay. - It is designed, organized and executed to the perfection that not only the vertical lines are in conjunction and harmony in form and colour, it also gives the viewer the sense of dimension in a reality effect. The effect that is conceptual and untouchable. It offers a powerful feeling of emotion as if these ceramics are whispering their thoughts and stories in a philosophical way.

I have gathered some images of this brilliant artist below:

 I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ;)

What do you feel about these artworks?

Snake Peek!

In a sunny, mild and beautiful day, we were picnicking in a side-city park, on a labour day weekend. Many people walking long side the beach with their dogs. Then, an unusual pet, a snake, came along with his owner! It was kind of surprising and mysterious.

While the owner was taking the walk, some people with hesitation but curious, got closer to ask him questions.

It was triggering for us too to take advantage of this exclusive show. I mean, how many times you see a person walking around, so casual, with his snake pet?

So the mystique site did its job, and my friend and I, hesitantly walked toward the snake and its owner. When we got closer he was explaining that he has 4 of them 2 females and 2 males, and that this one was kind of bored, therefore he took him for a walk! He also explained that there is no danger to us if we want to pet him. So we did, and contrary to my imagination, he was soft, gentle and mushy.

Although it was a bit scary but I liked the experimentation. :)

Here are some close-up pictures:



37 Artists Featuring their art works for 2 days in 1 place!

 

On September 29th and 30th, I will be among the 37 local artists of North York Visual
Artists 12th annual Tour and Sale, displaying my paintings. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

5 Artists will be showing their art works in their home studios and 32 in Toronto Botanical Garden (Edwards Gardens) located at 777 Lawrence Ave. east. Among these 5 artists at their home studios is my dear friend Nahid Marandi who’s studio is located @ 65 Banbury Rd. (home studio C on the map below).

That is why it’s called ‘Tour’ since you can take a tour in North York from Lawrence Ave. to Finch Ave. and Yonge Street to Don Mills Road.

From paintings (oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, encaustic & resin) to photography, fused glass and pottery will be on sale. Don’t miss it If you are in town ;) trust me, it will be colourful :)

Cheers! ;)

Walking on cloud nine

My first week of a 3 year adult visual art program!

I cannot describe the feeling of joy and gratefulness!

The feeling of “belonging”. The feeling of “utmost gratefulness”. The feeling of “I think, therefore I am”. The feeling of “walking on cloud nine”. The feeling of “blissfulness”. The feeling of “life make sense”. The feeling of “peacefulness”. The feeling of “Love”.

Fall 2011-Niagara on the lake, Ontario

It’s really hard to recount how you would feel when you are going back in time. Like there was no gap of emptiness; all these years. Or the past unfairness no longer matters;  as I found my way to righteousness.

Leaving my job and going back to school was an immense decision to make. The decision that I was postponing for all these years because of fear. The fear of what will arise if I come out of this maze that I was living in; like a mouse.

Know that fear is the worst enemy of your life and soul. Acknowledging it, it is liberating, so you can be ‘YOU‘.

I don’t look into past since it’s too heavy to carry it forward. I will just live in NOW from now on. Yes, not a single regret nor a sigh, since I am in place of a morale high!!

I wish the same feeling for all human beings: peace & love.

:)

Pomegranate: prosperity and fertility

I worked with Parvaneh Etemadi, a famous contemporary Iranian artist, over a six months period, in 1992-3. She is one of the greatest teacher that I ever had. I learned a lot from her. Her artworks are fascinating by its serene beauty that is mesmerizing. Pomegranate, lace and termeh, three elements of ancient persian, are largely used in her harmonious paintings with pencils.

You can see some influences of her brilliant artworks in my “Pomegranate” painting. I used soft pastel on a French Canson paper.

Pomegranate – 88cm X 118cm – Framed

Love, God and Mathematics

This came through an email. I don’t know its source but I thought I will share it here with you.

Beauty of Mathematics !!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321


1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this…

101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to
GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help
answer these questions:

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

If:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%

And:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%

But:

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

Have good day! ;)

Paris & Moi! In the honor of 14 Juillet …

Me and Paris go way, way back. I am talking about a long relationship, on and off, back and forth!

First, we’ve been introduced when I was 8 years old. My mom & I were visiting my oldest brother in Paris, where he was studying and working.

It was like magic for me. I liked everything about this beautiful city. From the red flowers hanging from the wooden-framed windows, beautiful architect, cobblestone pavement in narrow streets, lovely sound of French language, to the smell of the metro & very chic people. Although I was young then, but I recognize now, I was able to distinguish the difference between there and the country I was born in. Somehow, as a child, I felt a different kind of freedom, like people kissing on the streets which was totally unusual in my eyes. Showing their love for one another and being free to do that, revealed an incredible, uncomfortable and joyful feelings in my heart.

I went back to Paris when I was 15 years old again, and stayed for over 2 months in the company of my brother, his family and friends.

In a different age, knowledge, understanding and expectations, I experienced a unique love for this city. I had many of my first experiences at once and It’s imprinted in my memory forever, like wine tasting, the discotheques, and shopping solo!

I returned there after 4 years to study and I am visiting every few years since then.

Pictures that I am sharing here is from my last visit about 2 years ago.

 

In conclusion: I love Paris, period. I wish to return and live there for the rest of my life, which seems impossible at this moment, but you never know! ;)

Happy July 14th!

Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?

Salad Olivier

This is a famous and somehow traditional salad in Iran, served as a side dish or appetizer. It’s tasty and can also be served with bread as a meal. I wish I knew the exact origin of this salad but it seems that no one knows. Some people say It’s originated from France because of its name, but there is a debate on this ;) .

Some of my friends asked me to write my recipe. So here it is :)

Ingredients:

6 cooked eggs

4 cooked medium potatoes

1 cup cooked green pees

½ cooked whole chicken or 2 breasts and 2 thighs skinless, boneless

100 gr. pickles

1/8 cup olive oil

1 ⅓ cup (olive oil) mayonnaise

1 ½ squeezed lemon

1/16 cup white vinegar

Salt as desired

Preparation:

Cut potatoes, eggs & chicken in small cubes 1 cm. Cut pickles to a smaller size. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well with a spoon. Put it in a fridge for at least 2 hours.

The prepared salad is approximately 1,600 kg. You can prepare everything with half or quarter of ingredients. In this case, for half a portion use 4 eggs and for a quarter use 3 eggs. The egg is the trick ;) in this salad.

Note: You can use 100 gr. cold cuts (chicken, turkey or ham) instead of chicken but try it first with chicken.

Enjoy! :)

The second step toward my passionate dream!

My dream was to become an artist since I was 14-15 years old, a-full-time-artist!

Perhaps, I was one of the few teenagers among my friends and classmates that had chosen a profession, although for many people Art might not seem like an occupation. Some, were following their parents’ footsteps and they were planning to become a doctor or an engineer, because it was in their blood. Some, were forced by their parents to become a doctor or an engineer. For those who had no idea of their likes and interests, ….. well, they planned to get married, even accepted arranged marriage!

I still can hear my mom then, telling me: “all artists become famous after they die in poverty! So, choose a career that you can depend on for your life and be able to support your self. If you become an artist, you will get nowhere.” Maybe she was right, maybe she was wrong. How would I know if I don’t try it? Since I was refusing to go to university in any other field, she put me in a dressmaking course and I hated it! How can I be good in something that I don’t like?

I think, maybe if I insisted strongly in my beliefs then, I would’ve succeeded in persuading her to let me pursue my passion. I was not a tough kid then, in contrary I was naive and timid and was living in fear of disappointing my family most of the time since I was not able to meet their expectations and rules of conducts.

To make the story short, dressmaking was not in my forte, therefore I had decided to become a fashion designer. At least it was in the designing field and was a choice that would conclude her beliefs and my talent together. Regardless, this career and other occupations that I had all these years never satisfied my longing for art.

 
Some of my designs from 1996
(last collection) – to see the entire collection click here  

Now I am in my 40s, and I believe it’s never too late to make your dream come true. Therefore, I enrolled in a 3 year Visual Art Program, and I have been accepted after an interview! I am so excited and thrilled that after all these years I will finally do something that I always wanted to do.

That was my second step toward my passion to achieve my goal. The first step was to quit my job! ;)

It’s never too late to start fresh in what you believe in. Be brave and confident to follow what is in your heart, and the universe will harmonize in your favour.

What’s your dream or passion?

Love is in the air – Spring is here – A new year is unfolding!

Spring: Another beginning of the earth and the celebration of “Nowrouz” (New Day) the Persian new year.

Let’s welcome it with open arms and celebrate it with unconditional Love, like the love that Nature gives us.

Let’s cherish each moment that is unfolding before us, and forget about the challenges we had in the past.

Let’s give with Joy and accept with our eyes wide open what is revealed to us.

Let’s open our heart to this joyful event of nature so we can receive the magic of its gift.

Let’s begin a new chapter with all its ups and downs, because without the fall there won’t be any rise.

Let’s forgive and love, even those souls who hurt us the most, because love can conquer all.

Let’s accept that mistakes are for human beings and believe we are all the same.

Let’s welcome the spring, as it always comes after the winter.

 Happy Nowrouz & Peace for our planet!

Imagination, Figurative and Abstract paintings

Several years ago, in 2002-03, my friend and I had decided to start painting together on the weekends,  since we both worked during the week. For me, it was after a few years of pause that I restarted painting.

I remember it was autumn. The Fall in Toronto is one of the most beautiful seasons of all. It makes you fall in love with the nature & Toronto all over again. The vibrant colors, around the city, gives you energy and makes you “dream-walk.”

It was at that time that I wanted to try a new medium. So I started with the oil painting but soon switched to acrylic because I didn’t have the patience of the drying time. It was also in this year that my friend suggested to use my imagination instead of drawing objects. I wanted to give it a try, so there I was, experimenting a new medium with new style! Of course I had to ruin a few canvases first, but here are some of my artworks from that time.

I named them “the moment series”:

The Moment 04
The Moment #4

 

I envision freedom as a state in which the man and the woman are utterly equal. I drew two people with no barriers, no external boundaries and challenges. The figures are deeply connected with no obstacles between them. Together they are freed from a past full of pain. They are free and in peace. They are the “Adam and Eve” of the twenty-first century, together experiencing the New Earth.

The Moment 05
The Moment #5
The Moment 06
The Moment #6
The Moment 02
The Moment #2
The moment # 03
The Moment #3

 

Simple Appetizer: My Salad de pommes

This is a simple and fast preparing appetizer yet extremely tasty!

Ingredients:

10 gloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped

2 tbsp oil for frying

3 medium potatoes (white, yellow or red) cooked and piled

1 big apple pilled and seeded

Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayonnaise

3 tbsp Spoon (olive oil) Mayonnaise
or as desired

1 tbsp spoon olive oil

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon

⅓ cup sesame seeds (if desired but not necessary)

Salt & pepper if desired

Preparation:

  • Chopped GarlicIn a small non stick frying pan pour the oil and bring the heat to high.
  • Once oil is hot pour in the chopped garlic. The heat should Fried Garlicstay high for a crispy result. Stir occasionally. Once the garlic is fried and golden remove it from the heat. Remove the golden garlic from the oil and bring it to a kitchen towel to take out the excess oil and put it aside.
  • Cut potatoes & apple in small cubePotatoes and Apples cut (1 cm X 1 cm). In a bowl mix the potatoes, apple, olive oil, mayonnaise & Mixing the apple, potatoes and mayonnaiselemon.
  • Bring the salad in plate and dressing it with sesame seed and fried garlic on top. (Make sure the garlic doesn’t have oil.)
  • For a more aromatic taste sometimes I add 2 tbl spoon My salad de pommes appetizerfinely chopped smoked turkey

Voila!

A Grand-Ma by love

My grand mother from my mother’s side had passed away a few days after I was born, and my grand father a few months after her. From my father’s side they were deceased before I was even born. Not only have I never seen them, but I never felt and enjoyed the relationship with them like most people.

It was sad not knowing them at all and wondering how it could’ve been. But I had to accept the fact, and cherish the stories told by my mom.

A portrait of Grand Ma - Acrylic on canvas - 2008

Then, I met my husband’s grand mother. A woman full of life, energy and love who was a leader in her time, which was not so common then.

She was fun to be around and I would laugh with her. When I was sitting with her to chat she would take my hand into hers firmly. It felt like she loved me so much that she didn’t want to let me go. She showed her love by squeezing my hands and whispering in my ears: “ whoever loves my children I love them even more.” What was deeply touching for me was that I could feel it and knew it was true. She really loved me!

It was then that I felt so cared for and privileged. I felt that feeling of the unique love between grand parent and grand child that I never had experienced before.

In all the few years I had known her she never once did or said anything that could bring me down. She paid attention to all her children and grand children with love. She was fun to be around and she gave me the experience of having a grand mother not by blood but by love.

She was my grand mother too.

I will love her forever for the love she gave me.

Do you communicate?

For me, communication is one of the most important aspect of life. Without it, we won’t be able to move forward, can’t share or be involved, can’t love and be loved, therefore we can’t grow in life.

There are different ways of communication.  Some people talk, some write, some listen, some act and some create … in silence …

What you see in a piece of art is not just colors, pigments, canvas, design and shapes. These are just materials that an artist communicates love, hate, fear, happiness, sadness, emotions, and feelings with its viewer.

Empties - Soft Pastel - 1997 by Mehnoush
Empties - Soft Pastel - 1997

When a piece of art connects with you, it’s when you translate it into your thoughts. This brings out what you are, how you feel and how you connect with people. This is when you love an artwork so much that you want to have it in your home to not only give you everyday inspiration but also to take you with people around you to another level of communication.

An empty room without artwork in my opinion shows the lack of communication within yourself and therefore with others. It shows a sort of emptiness and absence.

For me, communicating through artwork is easier than using words. It seams that my thoughts are not coming out right when I put them in words. I think of one thing and it comes out of my mouth completely something different. That is why I try to communicate through my paintings. This is my way of communication.

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” - George Bernard Shaw -  

What is your way of communication?

A story of Me!

I discovered my passion for Art at the age of 10 while drawing in the classroom. From that moment, it has been my dream to become an artist. I wanted to continue my education in Art but, due to my family’s beliefs, becoming an artist was not an option for me.

In 1984, I moved to Paris in order to begin my post-secondary education in fashion and design. I graduated in 1987 from the “Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne”.

Upon my return to Tehran, I started my own fashion design house with several employees. At the same time as this, I continued to take different courses in drawing and painting. I took one of these courses with the famous Contemporary Artist Parvaneh Etemadi.

In 1996 my husband and I immigrated, with our baby daughter, to Canada. I learned English, my third language, and continued my education in New Media and became a Multimedia and Web Designer.

MeThis did not stop me, however, from continuing to pursue my first passion – painting. Although I worked full time as a Web Designer/Developer, my love affair with painting remained one of the most important things in my life. I continued to paint, on and off, and experimented with different mediums and styles.

In September of 2011, I made the biggest decision of my life and quit my job in order to be a full-time artist.

I love to learn and express myself through new mediums. I would also like to perfect and excel in the mediums with which I am already familiar.