Sunday, June 14, 2009

An Open Window to my World.. Have a Peek

First of all hi everyone
I miss blogging. I miss sharing (but not food). I miss writing poetry. I miss a lot of things but somehow 24 hours per day is very little and I'm wondering again if we could add 8 hours for sleeping to the 24 hours.

A lot happened during May. Many things took place apart than Bu Qtair experience my sister's airplane. But I'm not sharing everything :)
After celebrating my sister's birthday and hospital visit and checkups; I had the chance of meeting a group of Iraqi female bloggers. It was different from other meetings for we had an exact purpose for the meeting other than just to get to know one another (I'll think of sharing later).

A couple of visits to our relatives; they are leaving back to Germany for good. I'm going to miss those five little ones horribly. Whenever I see them I take bunch of photos knowing they are growing up so fast (mashaAllah) but never thought I see them off so soon. Yes, we Iraqis always travel, and yes we have to leave and say goodbye (as touta says) but the bad thing about it is that we never know when, where to, why and how.

As for my atelier, the unwelcomed visitor disappeared and I'm glad for that. Hopefully I won't see him again on the walls, ground, TV or anywhere else. As for my work, I've been working on a collection of letters as per N's request. She wanted me to make the initials of her little ones. If it turned out cute I might share some photos.

My sister Sana left to Amman and I have no one to annoy. The house seems so calm lately. I'm thinking of flying her airplane now but there's a missing battery.
Another reason for being busy, as if I don't have enough reasons, is that I joined the institute of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornament. It's something me and my friend R were thinking of since we were done with the Art institute. After about a year the plane was executed and it feels like we're back to kindergarten. Now I'm sharing photos but please NO laughs.

This is Diwani and you can read about it here. or just write Diwani in Google Images to see the beautiful photos available on the net.





Any my favorite so far, ladies and gentlemen, the Seen
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That's all for now
and stop laughing at my handwriting

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Blogger Khalid from said...

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6/14/2009 6:08 PM  
Blogger Khalid from said...


Thank you for sharing your news with us. Thanks for the nice pictures.

Also congratulation to you and your friend R on joining the institute of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornament.

I love to watch this one and some others all the time:

Let me re-phrase the Touta&Attawie declaration:
"we Iraqis always travel, and we have to leave.We never know when, where to, why and for how long."

No laughing at your handwriting, surely they are way better than mine.

Take care,

6/14/2009 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adolan 7akotlanna haza! :)

6/14/2009 7:12 PM  
Blogger moonlight said...

Your handwritting is amazing, mashAllah attawie. I especially like the "seen" too though all of them are beautiful. My sister does arabic calligraphy too though I don't think she's ever tried the diwani style. All of it seems so difficult to artistcly impaired moonlight :P.

I hate saying goodbye. Hate it, hate it, hate it. But you and touta are right...we always have to say goodbye :(.

I like your plan of adding the 8 hours to the 24...then perhaps I'd find more time to do things I want :).

6/14/2009 7:27 PM  
Blogger Violet of Mosul said...

If i had the power , i would make 24 hours for sleeping and other 24 for work and study!! I've had enough of studying so far LOL!:D
Iraqis ,, they here and there all over the world ... but i haven't experienced the getting out of Iraq till now:D
Laugh! are you kidding me ??? your hand writing is SO AWESOME!
BTW i'm one of the biggest fans of your paintings & i'll wait your poetry;)
Best wishes and love :)

6/15/2009 10:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

I sometimes wish that I could freeze time, sleep for eight or nine hours, wake, then start time again. I wouldn't do it every day, but just once in a while. :)

Please share the story of the Iraqi female bloggers. I am curious what you discussed.

I used to enjoy traveling. I still do, I just don't have the opportunity much any more. My last trip was to visit an old friend more than three years ago. I sometimes wish I could visit Florida, where I lived when I was very young. I have happy memories of the beach there. I planted a tree there when I was about five years old. I would like to see how big it is now. :)

We don't have any geckos here, but we have lots of spiders. When I see one, I usually capture it and release it outside. Most spiders are beneficial, eating insect pests, but I don't like the thought of them crawling on me when I am sleeping! I am sure you would not enjoy a gecko sharing your bed with you! ;)

What does Sana do in Amman? Is she a student there?

I will certainly not laugh. Your calligraphy is very neat, much better than my handwriting!

Have you ever seen any Chinese or Japanese calligraphy? They have also developed their written language into a beautiful art form.

6/16/2009 10:33 AM  
Blogger Abu Al-Hasan said...

Al salamu Alaikum
this is my 1st comment to ur blog
n this has a reason behind it...

ok...since u r interested in Calligraphy, I just want u to see the latest issue of the mag i work for which will come in July inshaa Allah, i did an interview with a very good artist, believe me u must read the interview, and any further info u want abt it, i can send u contacts and images from his work
whn the july issue of the mag come out i'll certainly (inshaa Allah) inform u and either send u a free issue or tell u from wer to get one copy...

ur blog is very nice...
i havent read it all yet and i dont think i can cuz u have a lot of entries... but it sounds good and we must use some of ur work in the Motahajwiloon...

it was just the first visit and i hope u excuse me if the nxt visits will be in Arabic...

6/18/2009 12:50 AM  
Blogger زهرة الراوي said...

We also miss you blogging as you used to do, we miss your poetry as well :)
No worries, you'll be back as you were before, soon.
"24 hours per day is very little"
I certainly agree with you.

"A group of Iraqi female bloggers" hehehe that includes me!

As for your relatives, Insha'a Allah they will find peace and happiness wherever they go. "Iraqis always travel" If not traveling, being away is our destiny!

Very very very nice handwriting, no one can dare to laugh! I'm longing to see a full word or sentence, maybe on a ceramic artwork? That sounds interesting :)
"Seen" is an art. Well done dear.

6/19/2009 11:16 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

kollish 7ilo ilkha6 mashalla :) you will have to teach me oneday! :) :) :)

6/21/2009 12:54 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

**Khalid gathers a croud**
**rumers circulating say khalid was seen whispering in the ears of the croud and tossing some money in their hands secretely**


We Gathered Volunterely With No External Pressures Or Foreign Powers And Out Of Our Pure Patriot Feelings, We Demand Atta Writes A New Post OR Give Us One Mug Cake For Each One Of Us.

**khalid khatil wara il qanafa and peeks to check if 3obrat
3aleha :O**

6/22/2009 12:38 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

Thank you all of you for your sweet comments. I'm doing great in Calligraphy and started to write full words and only yesterday I wrote the first line of an arabic poem. Will share the photos soon inshaAllah :)

Khalid I,
thanks for re-phrasing what touta and I said. I think that makes us real Motahajwoloon members.

I decided to give you two hours a day from my own 24 hours as a bribe if you start learning Arabic calligraphy :D

24 hours for sleeping! :O
I'd be thankful to get the 8 hours for now.
Glad you liked my art :)

Freezing time is fine with me. it seems everybody is sleep deprived!

About the iraqi female bloggers, once we see the fruits of our meetings, I'll be glad to share with all of you. but the project is in Arabic for now.

I've seen both Japanese and Chinese calligraphy but i can never tell the difference. There is a group of 15 Chinese student but in a different level. Last year two of them participated in the Arabic Calligraphy Biennial .. if it wasn't for the names I wouldn't know they were Chinese.

Abu Al-Hasan,
wa alaikum asalam warra7ma,
Glad to hear that, it would be great to see photos of original works. just tell me which mag and I'll be glad to read it insha Alllah.
and if you are interested in Ornament, the exhibition is still on in Calligraphy museum - Heritage area
You're welcomed to pick any entry that serves well in Motahajwiloon.

You're welcomed to comment in Arabic. thanks for your visit.

Thank you dear, it's so nice of you. Amen for your do3a2. and "Being away is our destiny!" now that would make a good material for a poem!

If you send these crowds away I will definitely be able to make my way home to write a new post, let alone serving the 5 minute mug cake "you" i mean they demand!

**hardly **
and it's just too crowded to teach you anything right now :)

6/22/2009 3:19 PM  
Blogger moonlight said...

Alas attawie two hours sounds wonderful but wallah, any attempt by me at that beautiful art would mean failure. You have not see my handwriting in arabic (or english for that matter) nor have you seen my attempts at "art." My art is quite pitiful and I am sure it is something the whole world would laugh at. I think I'll have to do with out the two hours though I must say it was a tempting bribe :P.

6/24/2009 6:39 AM  

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