Khaled Al Saai – Arabic Calligraphy

April 18, 2009 at 12:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I am more than a bit obsessed with Arabic calligraphy.  It’s so beautiful and I love the way each piece defines space on a page \ canvas.  I recently found an artist who appeals to my sense of color the way that Sam Flores and Marc Chagall do while also exploring space and depth.

His name is Khaled Al Saai and you can read \ see more about him here.  Khaled was born in Syria where he grew to be a master of painting and calligraphy.  In 1997 he was nominated as one of the top 10 calligraphers in the world.  His calligraphy becomes a complete scene.  The depth seems to stretch beyond the canvas as the letters overlap each other without end.  You can reach more of his work directly here.

I want to try this.  Can anyone suggest some good literature or poetry I can paint in Arabic?

Memory of Samarkand

Memory of Samarkand

The Sea

The Sea

Middle of Spring

Middle of Spring

Sunset in the Atlantic

Sunset in the Atlantic



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my first painting… “manta ray, laser eyes : killing a building”

March 31, 2009 at 4:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

So I’ve finally made my first painting.  And I’m going to keep doing it.  I had a vision of this and I got together with some friends to have a painting night.  We were productive and we had a great time.

My first painting is called “manta ray, laser eyes : killing a building”.  I didn’t come up with the “killing a building” part but Dave did and it fits well.  Thanks Dave.

I don’t think it really needs any explanation.  The manta ray has his motives.  If you want to ask him, go ahead.  But be warned.

I really enjoyed painting with acrylics.   Now that I’ve got the stuff I want to try to do this at least every 2 weeks or so.   Will the ocean attack on land again?  We shall see…

manta ray, laser eyes : killing a building

"manta ray, laser eyes : killing a building"

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Sam Flores

February 6, 2009 at 6:26 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Fabrics.  Textures.  Dreams.

I’ve recently become obsesssed.  Language is not needed for these, and that is all.  Check out more.

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Ignite Salt Lake

November 15, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Thursday night was the first night of IGNITE in Salt Lake City.  Anyone who didn’t make it should definitely consider coming next time (Spring 09) either to watch the presentations or give one themselves.

I was mainly there to hear Jared speak about the work that we did along with several other people on the Jellyfish12000.

But there were many other great presentations that lit my mind on fire.  It was great to hear from Adam Price who put together the 337 project. Check it out at  Anyone who missed this house transformed into a complete work of art in Salt Lake City missed out.  It was covered with graffiti and filled with interactive installations which reminded me of great interactive art I enjoyed at Le Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Finally there was a last minute presentation from Jason Alderman who did a talk about Processing which reminded me that after months of looking at other people’s creations in Processing that I should finally make my own.  So I ran home and made the LeafMonster creation you see in the post below this one.

So to learn more about Ignite Salt Lake and get involved, go to  You can see the presentations given last Thursday and you can get an idea for how it works.  Then give a presentation of your own.  If I can think of anything worthwhile I do I might do it myself, but so far I’m drawing a blank.

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