"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." - Marilyn Monroe
smshamma has written 32 posts for Just Sayin'

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Throughout the decades, there have been many answers to this question. Some, perhaps, more creative than others. A few days ago, on one of those really hot Abu Dhabi summer days; I was in the car with my dad, who was driving me home, when I was suddenly jolted out of my daydreams as he … Continue reading

Jack and Jill – extended version

I’m quite certain everyone’s heard this nursery rhyme before at one point or another. For those of you who haven’t, it goes something like this: Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water Jack fell down and broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after. Now, here is an ‘extended’ … Continue reading

A Flashback

With the horrible transition of weather from bad to worse to worst, from stifling heat to scorching heat to blistering, furnace-like heat, here is a flashback that dates back to 2008. This incident took place during a hot summer day, in Music class, after the air conditioning had stopped working, and continued to not work … Continue reading

Crazy, Beautiful

Has it ever occurred to you that what we label as mental could in fact be synonymous to different? I have thought of this a great deal since reading Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die, where he touches upon this issue. The book conveys an interesting perspective of how no behaviour displayed inside a mental institution … Continue reading

Coming out of the closet. Sorta.

Meet Kate. An inspiration. God bless her.

Take 4 of 13 – Girl With a Pearl Earring, Vermeer

OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO HARD!!! This was absolutely the most challenging drawing I’ve had to do yet, and God knows how much more challenging it’s going to get with the remaining paintings. It is also my least favourite. I could not bring myself to like it. I feel like it is a total … Continue reading

Take 3 of 13 – Seductive Girl, Lichtenstein

So, this was another straightforward piece to draw for me. I’m not going to go into details of the process, I don’t want to sound redundant. I was actually going to wait on this one and post it with my next drawing, but like I said in my first post, sometimes life just happens, and … Continue reading

Take 2 of 13 – The Son of Man, Magritte

The Son of Man must be one of my favourite paintings by René Magritte. As is The Treachery of Images, well known as the pipe image (or is it?). The famous painting that portrays a pipe with the following painted below it: ceci n’est pas une pipe (translated to: this is not a pipe). So, I … Continue reading

Take 1 of 13 – A Starry Night, Van Gogh

Immediately after publishing the last post describing the challenge I had decided to take on, I felt dread. I honestly did not believe I could pull this off, and I felt a tad foolish for talking about it so publicly and making such a formal announcement as that only leads to disappointment. It’s bad enough … Continue reading

Challenge Accepted!

So, here’s the thing – A little over two years ago, I found out, quite by chance, that I had a particular artistic skill. I don’t know where I got it from, as I did not think I had an artistic bone in my body. This skill is quite particular in that it comes with … Continue reading

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