Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jeddah Graffiti Series: Orange

One of my favorite exhibitions for this year's Jeddah Art Week, which was held in February, was the graffiti street art by several artists that was painted in an urban area in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah.  This work features an intricate woven design done in orange on a black background.  I do see a banana on the left...

I have complained before about the non-artistic graffiti that plagues the entire city of Jeddah, but this is real art and I love it. For the next few days I will be featuring more graffiti from Jeddah Art Week.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jeddah Graffiti Series: Graceful Calligraffiti

One of my favorite exhibitions for this year's Jeddah Art Week, which was held in February, was the graffiti street art by several artists that was painted in an urban area in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah.  Middle Eastern graffiti combines Arabic calligraphy with graffiti, coining the term "calligraffiti."  Applied on the patterned tile and iron doors of an old building, this graceful calligraffiti is a winner in my book.  

I have complained before about the non-artistic graffiti that plagues the entire city of Jeddah, but this is real art and I love it. For the next few days I will be featuring more graffiti from Jeddah Art Week.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jeddah Graffiti Series: Corner Wall

One of my favorite exhibitions for this year's Jeddah Art Week, which was held in February, was the graffiti street art by several artists that was painted in an urban area in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah. 

I have complained before about the non-artistic graffiti that plagues the entire city of Jeddah, but this is real art and I love it. For the next few days I will be featuring more graffiti from Jeddah Art Week.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jeddah Graffiti Series: From 2014 Jeddah Art Week

One of my favorite exhibitions for this year's Jeddah Art Week, which was held in February, was the graffiti street art by several artists that was painted in an urban area in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah.  With crumbling buildings and a mosque minaret in the background, this graffiti really stands out.  Middle Eastern graffiti combines Arabic calligraphy with graffiti, coining the term "calligraffiti."

I have complained before about the non-artistic graffiti that plagues the entire city of Jeddah, but this is real art and I love it. For the next few days I will be featuring more graffiti from Jeddah Art Week.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Jeddah Salon and Spa

Many of the salon/spas for women in Jeddah are housed in private villas in residential areas.  Men are not allowed inside.  There are many of these spas all over the city, offering the usual salon services like haircuts, mani/pedis, waxing, and massages.  Physical beauty is very important for Saudi women, as it is for women everywhere.  But in this country, first impressions and physical attraction are probably even more crucial since opportunities for men and women meeting are very limited due to society's strict gender segregation.  So beauty is a key factor for a man looking for wife in this culture since dating is not generally accepted.   Salon/spas do a thriving business here in Jeddah. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

SkyWatch: Camel in the Desert

I haven't seen many animals in the wild here in Jeddah, as I don't get outside the city much, so I do get excited when I see a camel on the loose.  The purple and blue hued mountains in the distance made this photo even more special. 




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