Pandemic’s influence!!

I have always thought that writing and painting are two of my most beloved pastimes. They are meditative, and so therapeutic. Since this Pandemic started, I have painted continuously. Some I think are passable, others , meh! not so much. A few of the paintings are hanging in the Great River Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition at the local University. I am rather proud of them, but have forgotten to take pictures. Hope they don’t sell. Then I will have to go and ask the owner if I can take a picture.

The first painting is a seascape. I didn’t intend to imitate Monet. My hand just wasn’t steady! Hah!

I like to paint old things. Old cars where the paint is rusted, and old trunks like these, along with other oldies.
This I copied from a calendar. I liked the mountains in the back ground and the gold of the trees.
I saw this in a photograph and thought it was kind of cool. A crow, or is it a raven, stealing an olive!
Many of you how much I love Rumi, the great poet. I just dabble in the paints to make his words come alive.
This is am abstract of ducks. I just love it.

The lower one of the boat and seagulls I had done earlier in the year 2020. A friend had sent me a photo, and i tried copying it.

This again is an abstract with Arabic Calligraphy, praising and showing gratitude to God and glorifying His presence.

Thank you for reading and looking at my work. Hope all of you are doing well and I pray this pandemic will be all done soon, and we can lead a normal life. Love and blessings to 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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34 Responses to Pandemic’s influence!!

  1. slmret says:

    How wonderful that you’ve been painting so much! I love the first seascape — and the mountains with the gold trees remind me of Half Dome in Yosemite — of course the ducks drew my attention, as did the boat with the seagulls — all so beautifully done! Thanks for sharing them here!

    • Zakiah says:

      aaah! Thank you so much Janet. I have been busy. The only days I didn’t paint was when i was semi comatose during the illness. Then M got sick, and I forced myself to overcome my problem and take care of him. So then I resumed paining. I remember the gold trees and the mountains… it was indeed a photograph of the Yosemite park, I got from a calendar. I am glad some of them appealed to you. Thank you. Have been meaning to post these for almost two weeks. I have several more and i shall post them in a week or so.
      Hope you have got your vaccine and are doing well Janet and everyone in SB too.

  2. whyzat says:

    nice! I like the trunks a lot! I’m glad that you are recovering. I know some people who have been sick for weeks. Tony is signed up to get vaccinated next week. I’ll be relieved when that is done. I just hope he actually gets one, since Iowa is so screwed up when it comes to getting the vaccines. Our governor is a Trump clone, as they say.
    Have you gotten a lot of snow? I was shoveling the other day and, at the end of the driveway, the mountain was so high, I couldn’t throw the snow over it! We cut the pile down a bit then so it would be easier. How do you like this cold? Yikes!
    I hope ;you don’t mind me being chatty. I’m using my Blutooth keyboard which makes it easier to make comments! I have been cooking a lot since we aren’t going to restaurants. Been making a lot of Asian food. Last night I made a fish curry from my Indian cookbooks There were no dairy products in it and it used tamarind paste, which I don’t think I’ve used in Indian food before. It was pretty good.
    So long for now, Dian

    • Zakiah says:

      We have about 10 inches on the ground. It seems to snow every single day. Like I was telling someone on face book, even though I have been here for more than half a century, the heat and the summers of the tropics will never adjust to the freezing temperatures or the months and months of snow! My fault, I should have insisted on moving to California. I have some wonderful neighbors who have snow plows, and they come and take care of the drive way. Todd my groundskeeper also has been very helpful in doing the side walk and the porch along with the driveway.
      Tamarind paste is tricky. You shouldn’t use as much as the cook book says. A teaspoon of the paste is more than sufficient for the whole curry.
      I hope your husband gets the vaccine too. I had no problem with it. I think my problem was that I was probably already infected with the virus before getting the vaccine.
      Bluetooth key board? Tell me more. Is it easy to get and install?

  3. I think the painting of the ducks is my favorite, but I love each and every one of them. Hope your husband is feeling better. Hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dear Elizabeth. He is doing MUCH better and is back to almost normal except not doing his routine exercises at the studio, because i tol him to cool it for one more week. Yeah I liked the ducks too, a lot.

  4. I am so glad to read you are well after those difficult days . You used them beautifully , Zakiah!
    Your paintings are a pleasure for the eyes and especially for me : the first ( seascape) and the abstract of ducks, that is like a painted dream! !
    This is a beautiful collection . Be in hurry to picture them at the gallery before they were sold! 🙂
    And what about your family members who were sick too? ( and about them your son Sayed)
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear friend Michel,
      Thank you for such a sweet comment. They were difficult days no doubt, and one particular night, I wasn’t sure how Mohamed would come out. God is merciful and prayers have a lot of power.
      Thank you for liking my paintings Michel.<3 As I have mentioned, i like to paint. It helps my soul and moods.
      By God's grace, my entire family is doing well and are back in schools and work.<3 ❤ Thank you so much for your kind enquiries.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Love the boats and ducks. You are talented.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Zakiah you capture bird so well – the attitude of the body, the tilt of the head! All of them are a delight but I especially like the ducks! I’m happy to hear that all have recovered from the virus and are back (or soon to be back) to a normal routine. It is so very cold here and like you we are getting snow nearly daily…

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, mercy filled days and nights, for the entire family and me. Pray it stays this way. I am so happy you liked the paintings of the birds. I am so sick of these brutal cold temperatures. Wish it would get up to at least 15 or 20 degrees. And the snow keeps afalling!

  7. You’re so talented to excel at painting and writing. None of them are easy. Yet you’re able to create so much beauty from paints and words.

    I’m glad you’re feeling a lot better and I see from your comments that everyone else is recovering.

    Do take care.

    • Zakiah says:

      Happy New Year Mattie. love you.
      Thank you so much for such sweet words about my paintings. I love painting. Every single day.
      We are all doing well and are happy that we are out of quarantine. Appreciate your concern. I hope you will have a great day to celebrate the New Year, not just today but the whole year of it!

  8. Your paintings are wonderful. You have such skill with watercolor. I can’t pick a favorite. They are all so lovely and different.
    I’m very glad to hear you all are recovered. Scary time for you and your family.

    • Zakiah says:

      yes, it was a scary time Carrie. So happy we are well and thanking God for the mercies. Your comment about my paintings is so kind and so sweet. THANK you. It is so good to see you here. Hope you and family are doing wonderfully well.

  9. kim says:

    Good grief, those are gorgeous! SO good to hear that you’ve been painting during this quiet time. You’ve inspire me; thank you for that. (I’ve been caught in a thought of paintings on canvas being easier to sell, because folks don’t have to frame them. I think I may take your cue and just go for it.) So glad thee is better!

  10. OH!!! All of these are so beautiful and so creative, SweetZ! I especially love your bird paintings! The one paired with the Rumi quote is SO heart-touching to me! (In my lifetime, I have learned a lot from Rumi.) And the last one is so touching, too.
    It is so obvious you put your heart and soul into your art…words, poems, and paintings.
    So glad you and your family are all feeling better!!!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Carolyn, how kind and sweet you are to give my work so much importance. I do sort of lose myself while painting. I sigh and get impatient when my time is up to stop painting (11 pm). I start around 9:30 when the house is quiet, and sleeping.
      Rumi has occupied a special place in my heart since i was a child, and my grandmother would teach me his work and make me understand the nuances of that beautiful language.
      ❤ ❤ ❤ lots of love.

      • I discovered Rumi, on my own, decades ago and my life has been richer for this. 🙂
        How wonderful that your grandmother introduced you and taught you from his writings and work. 🙂

  11. Tree says:

    Lovely paintings! I’m glad you are keeping busy and having an enjoyable time with it.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you. So happy to see you here. Tell us about the baby and what she is up to. I haven’t seen many posts in the recent past due to illness. Have a wonderful life of motherhood dear heart.

      • Tree says:

        The baby is doing wonderful; she’s five months old and can almost sit up on her own. You haven’t missed a lot as I haven’t been writing a lot. Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Zakiah says:

      Five months old already! How precious and adorable she has to be. Bet both of you are enjoying the weekly changes in her personality.
      Very very happy for both of you. Love your life in good health and peace.

    • Zakiah says:

      I went to your site, but couldn’t concentrate for too long. You haven’t written anything since November. I wish you would write something about the baby, what she likes, how she is growing. I would love to read that.

  12. Rupali says:

    You inspire me in so many ways Zakiahji. The paintings are just fantastic, wonderful job. 🙏

    • Zakiah says:

      It is mutual Rupali. Your photography inspires me to write sometimes. Love hearing from you. Hope you are not going through such frigid temperatures as we are experiencing. it is a high of 0 degrees F, which is like — 17 Celcius.
      Stay warm, be safe and much love. Thank you for your kind words.

      • Rupali says:

        Thanks a lot Zakiah ji.

        Last 2 weeks or so we are dealing with extreme cold temperatures. The average was arounf -10 degree C. Today it was -15 degree. Hopefully it will improve in next week.

        We are talking daily walks and enjoying sunshine except one day when it was -16 degrees actual and feels like was even worse.

        We are happy as now we get sunshine in our house in our house everyday though only for a short duration.

        Take care you all. Stay warm. Do you like warm water with lemon and honey since no tea for you 🙂 😊

  13. Zakiah says:

    Yes, I like water, warm and cold with lemon slices in it. I am glad you are getting some sunshine in your home. We are hoping for better temperatures next week also. Take care.

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