Sketch Life 01

Being an architect, I tend to gravitate towards art in whatever form it is.

My two favourites are photography and sketching.
I must mention, however, that I’m not a professional in both. I am a self taught amateur photographer and sketch artist.

I use my mobile phone to take pictures and sketch during my free time. My sketches range from abstract pieces and doodles, to those of celebrities and prominent people. They are not perfect by any means, some turn out really great and some are just pathetic attempts at procrastination. For example, my Bob Marley sketch has to be the best sketch I’ve done! But Malaika Firth and Jhene Aiko didn’t turn out too well, but I love the end result all the same!

Recently, I’ve been meaning to buy myself a painting kit and start experimenting with oil paints, but these things are expensive man! πŸ˜€
Note: Winsor and Newton products are the best for anyone who wishes to pursue art.
So until I can afford to buy myself the painting material, I’ll stick to my photos and sketches (Mama and dad I hope y’all are reading this because I’ve been saying this for months).
Or you, my readers, can help me buy my paints by purchasing some of my pieces πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
Way to market myself huh? It is my blog after all hehe

I’ll share more of my photos in the next post in’shaa’Allah πŸ™‚
Wishing you all a lovely week!
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All pictures were taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

PS. What do you think of the new Google Nexus 6? From reviews I’ve read and watched, it seems like a better device than it’s predecessor (which is AMAZING) but I’m a little worried about the size.
If any of my readers is lucky enough to own the device, please leave a comment below on what you think of it!

My Cup of Tea

Peace

Do you believe in God?
I do. In my religion, Islam, we call Him Allah, and from hereon I will refer to Him as so in my posts πŸ™‚
So I ask again, do you believe in God?

He is everywhere. And the proof of His Magnificence is in all His creations. The air you breathe. The ground you walk upon. Your human anatomy and how your body works. How trees give us oxygen to breathe; the fact that everything He created is seamlessly interconnected with each other. The beauty..Β Before this post turns into a sermon, I’d like to share with you some pictures I took over the weekend.

I thoroughly enjoy the drive to Limuru, listening to some Coldplay and taking in the fresh air and beautiful sights and wonderful tea farms.
Whenever I see the beauty in nature, I get this deep appreciation for Allah’s Genius and say a prayer, “Oh Allah. Bless me with even a drop of Your Knowledge’.
Does nature give you this profound feeling? Like your heart is filled with an emotion you can’t describe, and you just want to sob and smile at the same time because of the beauty before you?
Perhaps not.. But then again, I am a weird cry baby πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy this read! Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚
XX

Tea Farm

Tea Farms

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I couldn't hold myself back when I saw this lovely little shed. We spent about thirty minute just soaking in all the beauty.
I couldn’t hold myself back when I saw this lovely little shed. We spent about thirty minutes just soaking in all the beauty and fresh air, beautiful scenes.

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Drive up to Karirana
Drive up to Karirana
These happy children spotted us taking pictures and posed for us :)
These happy children spotted us taking pictures and posed for us πŸ™‚
Patterns
Patterns

Karirana

Furry Caterpillar

All pictures taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

Desired Things

If the title of this post made you expect a wish list of sorts, you have been misled.
Desiderata (“desired things” in Latin), Β is a poem by Max Ehrmann, and the last line carries the weight of the whole poem (pun intended).
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy this week and every other week. πŸ™‚

I Stand Alone

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

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All pictures taken on my Google Nexus 5Β phone.