My Paintings

I think I should do something with all the paintings that I have in my portfolio at this time. I am painting every night. It almost seems like I am obsessed. Anyway, here are a few I painted recently.

Do you think I should sell them? Would people  laugh if I try to? What do you think? I mean I won’t sell each and every one of them, because I know some of them are not worth a penny! But I honestly would love to hear what you have to say.

A bowl of  Pimento Olives.


A landscape.


Snow scape.


Clouds on a Scottish farm


Snow across the place.


A rooster.


“Sunflowers”.. tried to imitate a masterpiece.


An old Barn.


This is “wet on wet” flowers in a vase.


Even tide!


The last Wink.


A Bird.




A lonely bird.


I hope you will give me an honest opinion. I won’t feel bad if you don’t like them and tell me that I shouldn’t try to sell them. Some of these were exhibited at the library in the local university, and two have already left my home. Not that it should make a difference. Anyway, I shall wait to hear from you all.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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28 Responses to My Paintings

  1. slmret says:

    These are all lovely, Zakiah! Very nice work! I think you should definitely try to sell them — as I’ve said to others before, the worst that might happen is that they don’t sell, and that would give you a clue as to what people like. I have chosen not to sell my photos, but simply because I don’t want to feel obligated to take photos, and because I don’t want to make a business of photography.

    I’m glad to see you are burying yourself in the art — I have worried about you over the weekend, and hoped you were painting, if only to keep yourself busy as everybody adjusts! I came home this evening to the news that there are riots on the Cal Berkeley campus today/tonight — shades of the Free Speech Movement of the mid-60’s!

    • Zakiah says:

      thank you Janet. Not sure if it is very nice work, but I am getting a little more confident about holding the brush and with my strokes. Your advise is so good… unless I try, I am not going to know.
      God knows I have kept myself so busy. I don’t want the brain to be idle and keep spinning raw and ugly facts and alternate facts about the way our government is handling the various issues. Heaven help us, one and all.

      • slmret says:

        I’m having a tough time — I’m so angry that all the gains of the last 200 years seem to have been almost destroyed. It’s probably not true, but each evening I’m turning off the news earlier so I don’t have to know what happened overnight! I can’t believe the way people are being treated who are not exactly like the President! And the “tough conversations” with other countries are appalling! I’m not likely to go marching anywhere, but I am likely to become a vocal letter writer!

    • Zakiah says:

      I am with you. I do not turn the news channel on at all. I piddle around the house, or go out in the evening. I have started having headaches because of the disturbing news, and I therefore, avoid the horrendous BS all the time. Thank you for being you Janet. love and hugs.

      • slmret says:

        I’m sorry to hear the stress is getting to you — but you are doing the right things to stay away from the news. I was forcibly taken back to the late 60’s last night with riots in Berkeley — and was horrified at the immigration ban! It’s going to be a tough 4 years!

  2. whyzat says:

    You are getting better and better! I especially like the rooster. I think you could sell them. Give it a shot!

    • Zakiah says:

      I am so glad you liked the rooster Dian. I did too. it was just so colorful, and then I heard that this is the year of the rooster. A local restaurant wants to hang my paintings in their place in March. I am excited and nervous at the same time. 🙂
      Thank you for your comment.

  3. I love the colours – especially the Last Wink, the landscape (the second one). You did a very nice job trying to capture all the different shades of colours. Your landscapes seem to be stronger than the others. Maybe you feel more comfortable painting them? I hope you’re doing well.

    • Zakiah says:

      I liked that one too. I was trying the clouds. it is so difficult to get the clouds just right. I was happy with my attempt there. My landscapes are getting better because I am constantly trying to improve the trees or the ground or the sky. Challenging, but really stimulating.
      We are doing well Matt. The community is rallying around us, by sending so many emails to us every day asking if and how they could help. Thank you for asking.

  4. Wow! Lovely! Some of them might sell!

  5. Oh! Yes! You should try! 🙂
    I love the rooster, the bird, and the lonely bird!
    How are you doing?

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for asking Carolyn. I am sorry I haven’t replied to your earlier mail. These are tough times, but thank God for grandchildren, and the therapy through painting. We are well.
      The lonely bird has flown away from my home. I liked the bird and the rooster too.

  6. marica0701 says:

    I love snow and winter, so I especially enjoy the paintings with those motifs.

    • Zakiah says:

      I think the most difficult part of painting a landscape is painting a snow scene. That thing took me two or three days, and I am still not too satisfied with it.

  7. Oh I think you could easily sell them. My favorites are the landscapes..but my very favs are ‘the bird’ and ‘a lonely bird’.
    I hope you are doing better. Are you?
    The way our country has acted lately is shameful and pathetic. Is’s also extremely sad. As much as I usually like knowing what is going on..I avoid the news for the most part now.
    Love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. I appreciate your kind sentiments. I am glad you like my paintings.
      I do not watch news any more. I just read the papers, and avoid what I do not want to read!

  8. beowulf222 says:

    i think they are beautiful.

  9. All of your paintings are well Zakiah . If I have to choose I would choose especialty ” a landscape” “snow scape” and ” snow accross the place ” because they contain a large part of your emotion in them.
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      So kind of you to give such a nice comment Michel. Hope your wife is doing very well by now. When does her physical therapy start? All the best to her.

  10. Happy ❤ Day to you and your family, SweetZ!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  11. Tree says:

    Those are lovely paintings. Do you have any friends or family members you could give them to as gifts? I like to give and receive handmade things.

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh yes, I do that all the time. On Tuesday of this week, my paintings were hung in a local restaurant for the month of March. I will be posting about that soon.
      I too like to give hand made things, from spices, to pickles, to paintings to food with recipes.

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