Visual Art

  • please click on each image-it will open in a new window, where you can (then) enlarge the image (once or twice). This will fix the bluriness you see, below. :/ :/ Thank you! 💜 -Ethar H.

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this is somewhat of a rough draft. (description; the girl is lying down on her couch, reading a book about ‘how to be zen,’ and present/at peace.) I might switch up/adjust a few things in the process of completing this drawing (like; her hair, and her expression…). hopefully it turns out ok. Rough draft done on October 15, 2016. ~thank you for viewing!!! 💜, ethar hamid.
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Second draft… 🙂 (November 25, 2016)
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~ pro-life ~ anti-abortion ~ pro life women ~ pro life millennials ~ human life ~ life is all we have ~ if it is only a clump of cells, would you be ok with it if your mother had aborted you? ~ it is not just a clump of cells, actually ~ it is a human life, albeit in an early stage 😓😭: I took the quote that is written on the t-shirt (“I am the pro life generation) from studentsforlife.org     -and, this drawing was created on April 3rd, 2017).
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~this thing is like a freestyle , abstract-y thing that I created a few months ago (I think it was December, ’16). I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to be, or even mean. (Like: with the weird words and flowers, etc. (and spikes), and stuff. 😛 But: we all know that not all creations are logical, in any way. So: this little piece will have to either inspire its own meaning to whoever sees it, or be meaningless. (*not meaningless in a bad way, though. Just simply, like, ‘without objective meaning’). There are a lot of things in this earth that don’t have obvious or even any discernible meaning, to them. But does that mean that they are not of value? Like: I personally don’t make any sense as a person, I’m pretty sure. Does anybody** make complete and perfect sense? Yet: each and every person is a *masterpiece**. beautiful, wonderful, …all those good things. 🕊🌸💙 -ty for viewing!! -Ethar Hamid

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– September 2, 2016
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~this is an updated version of a drawing I began on Feb. 26, 2017. The update was done today, March 28, 2017. ~ #StillAWorkInProgress … Ty so much for viewing ! 💜🌸
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young girl. (this drawing is only a first draft. this was created on April 3, 2017. ~thanks so much~ for viewing💚💜)
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– August 24, 2016
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i remember my mom braiding my hair before the bus came to pick me up, for school (back in elementary:) i miss those days 😦 … 22 now, and the world seems so cold and cruel. 😦 (it was so rainbow-and-unicorny, back then.) ~also; here’s to all the little girls (black little girls) that wear their natural hair to school! i remember people used to make fun of my hair, actually. (used to call it ‘excessively poofy and frizzy and bushy,’ and all the rest.) these days, i heard there was a story in the media about a young girl getting in trouble (even suspended, I think?!) for wearing her natural hair to school (unbraided, no pony-tail or pig-tail…just “down,” as we say.) But, hold on! if all the other girls get to wear their* hair down, why couldn’t she? if u ask me, that was just another case of natural black features being intolerated. (along with dark skin, big lips, wide noses, etc…which are so often disparaged in the media.) 😦 ~but, black girls with thick/course/coily hair should be encouraged to do their thing and rock their natural hair. (they are beautiful, by the way! there is something about black little girls that is beautiful and magical…don’t u think? 🙂 ~ thank you for viewing, ethar h.

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~ in the course of life, you will forget the dream…though it is the point of your existence ~ (drawing created on July 18, 2016)
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this drawing conveys that Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with marginalized people (during the ’15-’16 presidential race). In reality, he encouraged them to take part in the political process and make their voices heard, despite (or rather–because of) their marginalized status in their communities/society. the drawing depicts Sen. Sanders with supporters of his about to meet the corporate media, politicians who are part of the (powerful and stubborn) establishment, and corporate America (e.g., Wall Street people). the Senator is reassuring his supporters with; “Don’t worry, guys–we got this.” In the drawing, the Bernie Sanders supporters are each part of a marginalized/ignored/mistreated/disenfranchised group of people, in American society. — True unity, a common vision/dream, and love between a politician and his supporters is a rare and beautiful thing. That’s (part of) what makes the Sanders movement/revolution/cause so special.🙂 A quote (from http://blacklivesmatter.com/) that I think really reflects the Sanders movement (I think Sen. Sanders has said a version of this quote, many times. The quote actually sounds *just* like him.): “There’s no reason for the establishment to fear me. But it has every right to fear the people collectively – I am one with the people.” (Huey P. Newton). -Here’s to standing with those who need justice, care, love, help. ~Good job, Sen. Bernie Sanders! Your legacy will be something beautiful…🙂🙂 (-ethar hamid)
prejudice
Description of piece: This drawing is conveying that police shootings are often influenced by (the police officers’) subconscious prejudice–that the shootings are largely due to the prejudices that certain officers might have towards people of color (as opposed to unbiased shootings, if you will–shootings that are not influenced by the color/race/appearance of the victims). The drawing is an exaggeration of that reality (expressing that such important institutions as the media, government, and schools assert that police shootings are “color-blind”–a “blessed miracle”)…but it is this exaggeration that (I hope) makes the viewer think about how elements of our society at times deny that police shootings can be influenced by prejudice and racism (which they certainly can be, no matter how subconscious those forces are, in those law enforcement officials). The drawing also depicts a man (a man of color, to be exact) thinking, in response to the media, government, and school conveyance; “but…” (As in: but, that doesn’t seem to be right/that seems untrue.” Again, the entire drawing (both aspects) is caricature-like, exaggerating the saying of societal institutions in regards to police shootings (and subduing many people’s reactions to it); but they ultimately reflect the situation in our world/country, today (I think..). The piece depicts the world’s view on police shootings (e.g., governments’ views, media views, and schools’ views) vs. people’s views–“regular people” who don’t have any hidden agendas–who don’t have any motive to propagate a message of how just and fair our society is.

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justice for palestine
In this drawing, the girl has a tattoo that says “Justice for Palestine.” (or, it could be henna, or ink (from a pen), or something, if tattoos aren’t your thing…. (hehe). Although; i think a tattoo is way more staunch in support of Palestine. 🙂 ~ I tried to depict the girl as non-Palestinian–I hope people see her as that (**though there are of course Palestinians with dark skin**). I wanted the girl to be seen as non-Palestinian because I wanted to stress that supporting the Palestinian cause (like freedom from oppression for Palestinians) is not** confined to Palestinians (of course)…Rather, it is a human and humane inclination. Just like supporting the rights of the southern Sudanese (who experience oppression by northerners in many ways) is a human problem-not a southern Sudanese one. And like how supporting the human rights of African Americans (who are a target of such evils as prejudice and discrimination, police brutality, and other forms of racism/oppression) should be a stance of every single person in the world. #one human family #if one limb is hurting, the entire body aches (Islamic hadith) #end to oppression of Palestinians thank you for viewing, -ethar hamid

Mental Health Pieces:

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today is going to be a great day
explanation of drawing: -though her to-do list (hanging on her wall) is filled with sad to-dos, she takes a bunch of psychiatric meds, and on top of that it’s yucky weather, outside, she is still hopeful and optimistic. {may we all be like this! there is always something to be happy and grateful for…) Thank you for viewing! ❤
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description: a hand holding a medicine/pill holder.box ~ the psychiatric meds box has compartments for morning and evening meds, “just-in-case anti-anxiety meds,” and also vitamins. It depicts the words “I am strong” on the compartment outer folds (plus a heart, on the last compartment).

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I created this drawing during the summer, when I was 17 y/o. It was before I was receiving good treatment for my mental health condition, so I was actually suffering from delusions/psychotic symptoms, at the time of drawing this picture. This will forever be, to me, “that” picture–meaning the picture I drew when I was really sick. 😦 *****I hope anyone going through mental health problems can remember (or; find out) that things always get better, **regardless** of how bad they are, now. the severity of the situation, now doesn’t mean that in the future, life won’t be happy, for you (or for me). ☔ … 🌈 😊 (after rain, comes a rainbow).

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  • Islamic-Themed Pieces ~
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This drawing draws its inspiration from the Islamic belief of Allah’s eternal existence. Specifically, the belief that He never dies–He is All-Living (which goes hand-in-hand with the belief that He had no beginning). The drawing depicts dead flowers, and around some of the flowers are the Qur’anic/Islamic verses (written in Arabic); “rely upon the Living, Who never dies” (written right-hand side), and “Everything on the earth will perish, and there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor” (on the left-hand side). (While the flowers died, and while you and I will die, Allah s.w.t. never dies…). (the latter quote is from the Qur’an, 55:26-27).

 

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for an explanation of this drawing, please visit; https://jannahandme.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/2665/
as salaam
This Arabic word (of which the transliteration to English would be “as-Salaam”) means “peace.” In Islamic culture, the word “as-Salaam” can refer to Allah s.w.t., as He is believed to be the Source of Peace..This latter definition is the one I had in mind, in creating this picture.

Earlier Versions of This Painting-

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as salam uncolored version

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Misc. Pieces ~

dream mug
description: a mug with a quote written on it, a muffin, a spoon comments: this is one of my favorite quotes. I forgot who authored it, which frustrates me… :/ My therapist told me this quote while we were having a conversation about my shyness (I was 14 back then, I think…). unnecessary comments: this would be my dream mug. I would use it for all of my liquid consumption (water, soup, juice…). Hehe. ~thank you for viewing ❤️
book mark
This is a bookmark that I actually made:) it is a (regular) notecard, which I painted and wrote on:) thank you for viewing ❤️

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angel's wings
angel’s wings. in oil paint, colored pencil, and (black) ink
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angel’s wings against night sky. in oil paint, colored pencil, and black ink.

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Photographs

a few photos I managed to take ~

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