Roses and Gerberas with Chintz

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Oil on linen

60X50 cm

These flowers together made a wonderfully rich bouquet that was asking to be painted when I looked at it. I set it up against a replication of an antique Indian Chintz (1800s?). The background was painted in oil but in a gauche like way. Adding warmth with thin glazes

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Gerbera daisies with Persian Kilim

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Oil on linen

60X50 cm

 

This Persian Kilim was a wedding gift from an Egyptian friend who bought it from Khan el Khalili, the famous souk in the medieval quarter of Islamic Cairo. Even after living there for 3 years I think I would like to go back any time there is an opportunity. I think I did not buy enough from there.

Still life with Nasturtiums and Kashmir Shawl

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Oil on Linen

Nasturtiums aren’t grown in Shanghai. I brought the seeds from Lahore and planted them… despite following each step from some good sources on the internet I could not predict the last frost as it was still winter in April here and without greenhouse it was tough for the tiny plants to cope. There wasn’t much sun, and too much rain, till June. However we did get some beautiful blossoms during sunny days. Elegantly hung on delicate stems with round variegated leaves these flowers have a wide range of shades.
I paired them with an antique shawl (French paisley) that has beautiful turquoise color interspersed in its motifs and placed it alongside a north faced window in afternoon light. That is strong enough to create bold highlights on the vase and soft enough to see the details