Thank you Qatar

It all happened here in Qatar...
4 years ago I decided to start my little brand Les Chérubins, building it from the scratch. I didn't know anything about the country, about the market, about the customers... I just started with few paintings and printed cards to try out how it will go at one of the bazaars.

My first postcards with my illustrations, 2011

My first postcards with my illustrations, 2011

Around the same time, I joined the art group International Artists Doha and everything started picking up little by little. My wings started to grow :D

I really don't know how many markets, bazaars and pop-up shops I have attended in these 4 years but it is quite a number. My favorites were Katara QatART Handmade Markets, Museum of Islamic Art Park Bazaars and Doha Mums Markets.

Museum of Islamic Art Park Bazaar

Museum of Islamic Art Park Bazaar

Here I had the opportunity to exhibit my paintings together with other members of the International Artists Doha as well as with members of the Qatar Fine Arts Society. I still can't believe that I had 7 group exhibition in 3 years! I can now say that my artworks are in many homes around the world.

group photo of the International Artists Doha at the opening of the group exhibition in 2014

group photo of the International Artists Doha at the opening of the group exhibition in 2014

My last group exhibition with the International Artists Doha in March 2015

My last group exhibition with the International Artists Doha in March 2015

One of the things I am really proud off is founding and leading the handmade community called QatART.  My dear friend Gabi (who I met at my first bazaar) and I shared the vision of organizing our own markets. With a little help from the manager of the Inspiration Station Mel and with help of lovely friends Aly, Janiththri and Leila our vision started coming alive in 2013. After that 2 more lovely ladies Amira and Kerstin joined the board team and I am really happy that we all shared the same passion to keep the community live, growing and becoming more professional. We managed to agree on collaboration with Katara Art Studios and we got the opportunity to host the community handmade markets, workshops and gatherings at their premisses on a regular basis. I want to give huge thanks to the Katara Art Studios team especially to lovely Miss Hyyeya who is always supportive and always smiling!

QatART handmade community board team. From up left to right Kerstin, me, Amira, Janiththri, Leila and Aly

QatART handmade community board team. From up left to right Kerstin, me, Amira, Janiththri, Leila and Aly

Some of the members of QatART community at our summer party 2015

Some of the members of QatART community at our summer party 2015

Such an amazing things happened here and I am really grateful for all of the opportunities.

I met so so so many talented artists and crafters from all around the globe, that is priceless.

International Artist Doha Artogether meeting

International Artist Doha Artogether meeting

I also met so many lovely customers who became my dear friends.

I will never forget all my lovely friends I've met here and please stay in touch where ever you are. You never know we might end up living in same country!!!

Thank you Qatar for giving me the wings!!!! I will never forget this period of my life.
Hopefully this is not a goodbye and that I will have the opportunity to come back even as a tourist :D


Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika

Athens, crabs and goodbye

Wanna know what I have been doing the past two weeks?
Yeah?
First I went to Athens for a vacation while my husband was in a training there.
I had a little bit of everything, tanning at the beach because our hotel was located right at the beach in Kavouri area,  lots of sightseeing, and a day at the spa. 

Athens - Acropolis

Athens - Acropolis

Beach - Kavouri area

Beach - Kavouri area

Guards in front of the Parliament

Guards in front of the Parliament

I also had a little bit of time to make few illustrations for a May's Make Art That Sells Bootcamp assignment which was to create a set of plates from crustacean pattern imagery.

I made couple of illustrations of different crabs and couple of colorful patterns, all in watercolors. After scanning them and editing them in photoshop I started working on a plate design, combining all the icons together. Really amazing assignment and I hope I will have time to make more of them just for fun. Looking forward to our next and last assignment in June :D

You can find a gallery with over 250 designs from different artists on this link (mine is on a page 4 :D).

And yesterday I said goodbye to my artsy friends from my handmade community QatART. In less then a month we are moving for good from Qatar. They prepared a sweet heartwarming gift for me, a jar full of their messages which made me cry :( I will for sure miss all my friends and all I have built in this four and a half years here in Doha.

QatART artisans at the Summer Party

QatART artisans at the Summer Party

Sending you my smile with love,

Dominika

Time for a treat

Finally a little break :D
March was a really busy month for me. I've done 3 markets, 1 group exhibition and I have participated in a robot workshop at the Tasmeem - art and design conference. There were also some custom orders I was working on and some are still in progress.

It was a perfect timing to celebrate all that and treat our self so hubby and I went on a day trip to Banana Island in Qatar on Saturday. It was beautiful and we spent a perfect day with an amazing food from arabic restaurant and a great massage at the Anantara Spa. I could spend there every weekend!

And here are few photos from my last market at Katara which might be my last market before the summer break so if you are interested in my artworks and products please contact me

As I was busy with all the events I was participating in, I didn't have much time to create but I painted two custom ordered paintings, few hand painted pillows and a cute hand painted elephant toy which has already found a new home. I was also asked to do hand painted metal tins for one famous restaurant/cafe in Doha :D

Hand painted toy "Tea time elephant"

Hand painted toy "Tea time elephant"

Hand painted metal tins

Hand painted metal tins

Hand painted metal tins

Hand painted metal tins

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika