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$10 off until 11 November Posted on 03 Nov 13:04 , 0 comments

Hey guys

I'm offering $10 off to kick off my new product line. This offer is limited to 1 per customer until 11 November. So don't dawdle ! Grab it while it's hot potatoes.

code: inkscape 

Hot potatoes that I made for Halloween

Hot potatoes I recently made for Halloween!


Exhibition opening success! Posted on 08 May 17:41 , 0 comments

Exhibition opening success! Come see the works from 6-20 May at The Club, Mina Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi www.the-club.com
#ClubAbuDhabi #instaAbuDhabi #InstaArt #painting #art #exhibition #natashadidit #SimplyAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #MinaSaadiyat


My sustainable fashion site is up and running! Posted on 08 May 17:28 , 0 comments

My sustainable fashion site is up and running. 

http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/natasha-kowalski
VIDA believes in sustainable and fair manufacturing practices. They work closely with manufacturing partners to ensure all producers receive literacy classes and a fair wage, enabling them to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Please help me support this cause by purchasing a high quality silk scarf or top.


The routine of no routine Posted on 27 Apr 04:31 , 0 comments

Recently I was interviewed by a magazine on my typical day. This was a challenging interview for a few reasons: I don't have a routine, no day is ever the same, and I'm allergic to the word routine. I prefer to eat the 3 Cs for breakfast - coffee, chaos and creativity - it keeps me focused and challenged. 

By the end of the interview, I probably sounded like a sleep deprived maverick. Not entirely true. I need to be responsive and plugged in 24/7 when I Skype international clients. It's impossible to fit this into regular work hours.

After being online at odd hours, I have to be online at home. Lucky the Middle East has decent cross over hours. It also helps if you believe jet lag is a fable.

Yesterday was particularly crazy, as I was setting up for a solo show and had to collect easels from downtown. They were far bigger than expected, so I booked a taxi van. I love the ME but it was no surprise when the taxi didn't arrive. In true UAE style, I was stranded with 5 giant easels and security were starting to get suspicious. I had to activate problem solving mode and seek assistance. I figured, as it was a major tower with many delivery trucks passing through, surely 1 could help? And that’s exactly what happened.

After inviting myself into the loading dock, I ended up hitching a ride with a food van (very amusing on reflection). If only there were a couple of camels and falcons tied to the roof, I thought, that would be a winning story. And by the way, I have seen camels tied to the back of vans here, often driving at ridiculous speed on the freeway. You know you're not a local when you get overtaken by a camel transporter.

The guys in the food van found my story hilarious and loved my art. Needless to say, I now have friends, with a van, who can transport my art for future events. People are friendly and helpful in Abu Dhabi, which is what I like most about living here.

The rest of the day was spent curating the show and making sure everything was on track with catering and marketing. It was a non-stop day completing last minute details. Thankfully the opening was a success and everything ran smoothly (post easel debacle).

After the opening, I had dinner with my art agent to exchange notes and discuss strategy. She reminds me that my paintings aren't going to sell themselves (as much as I wish they would). My agent keeps my perspective grounded.

Then it was time to prepare for the next day, presenting my art at a networking brunch and preparing my studio for a photoshoot. I've never loved public speaking but there's nothing like 'having to do it' to improve your skills. Networking is essential in my profession. If I’m not appearing, I disappear.

 

On reflection, I had a couple of days where I didn't paint, which always feels a little empty for me. That said, I did a lot of networking, had adventures with imaginary camels and was commissioned to make a new artwork (thanks to my exhibition and art agent). Nothing to complain about. Except for a small problem, the commissioned piece needs to be A0 size (a paper size unavailable in the UAE). Interesting new challenge...

 

Now, try and find some sort of routine in that!

 


Potential buyer for my next piece Posted on 22 Feb 05:33 , 0 comments


Framed again Posted on 22 Feb 05:31 , 0 comments

Just dropped the latest painting at my framers! A2 size. @mensfashionblogger you’ll be seeing this piece in 2 weeks.

Never too many paintbrushes Posted on 22 Feb 05:27 , 0 comments

I may or may not have a paint brush obsession? Need them all please ! #dalerrowney #abstract #painting #abstractart #abudhabiart #abudhabi #paintbrushes

Business? Posted on 22 Feb 05:25 , 0 comments

Sketch book session for business cards and logo. How many times have I scribbled my name today? Let’s just say it’s a 120 page sketch book…

#abudhabiart #abudhabi #natashadidit #businesscards #twitter #instagram #facebook #socialmedia

Afternoon sun in my new studio Posted on 22 Feb 05:21 , 0 comments

Bring on my new studio in Abu Dhabi! #abudhabiart #abudhabi #art #artshub #artstudio

Tropicana. Love living in Abu Dhabi Posted on 22 Feb 05:19 , 0 comments