Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 2: Al-Masjid al-Harām

As requested by my dear friend Lisa, here is a feather with an Islamic theme. I’ve painted a night scene of the minarets at Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām, the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca (Makkah), it surrounds the Kaaba, the place that Muslims turn towards during prayer.  
 I adore Lisa and need to spend more time together with her. If more people had even a fraction of her integrity, work ethic, curiosity, ingenuity and kindness the world would be a better place. She inspires me to improve myself. She also inspires me to cook! When we get together we usually spend the whole time in the kitchen, swapping recipes and trying new things together. In the last year we’ve made pickles (from our own homegrown cucumbers and dill), applesauce (which we canned), persimmon pie (I shared my grandmother’s recipe for perfect, flaky pie crust), pumpkin pie, potato latkes, quiche, falafel (Lisa shared her secret recipe that she used to serve at Shaherazad's when they still had the restaurant), an excellent Middle-Eastern flatbread for which I can’t remember the name, and a few other things that are slipping my mind at the moment. Making ketchup from scratch is next on the list. 
Length of Feather: 12”                    

1 comment:

  1. Ma sha Allah! That is beautiful, Elaine!

    And thank you for the wonderful compliments... I'm so totally blushing right now...