Barefoot Schooling of Life
One of my most memorable pleasures each time I visit my birth country of Iran is going to the villages and tribal communities to immerse in the true spirit of the humble, genuinely kind, and generous people I have known on earth.
They receive a guest, especially an unexpected guest, with joy and delight and consider it a divine blessing. Their hospitality in welcoming my company and me is the most delightful. They offer me the best seat in their tent, hut, or adobe and serve me with their best resources. Their expressions of courtesy are the ultimate in human relationships at a barefoot level.
Experiencing their sincerity, courage, and ability to face their challenges with focused clarity and resourcefulness are among the best lessons I have learned, proving that confronting and handling challenges are how a better path is paved toward optimum survival.
Inspiring Barefoot Survival
I am very much inspired by the spirit of peasants and nomads. Their creative genius routinely overcomes the challenges of their environment.
People often ask me about the contrast and dichotomy of strength and delicacy they observe in my character as well as my art.
Well, take a look here among the peasants and nomads
On the surface, from the delicate task of baking bread to making butter in a goatskin to creating beautiful tapestries for trade, all within the harsh elements of their environment make them the best teachers in the world; and I have had the privilege of indulging in their masterful tutelage.
The Long Life Ottoman
Wood is one of my favorite materials to create with, which led me to design and create this ottoman, upholstered with a precious woven fabric and golden trim from Iran.
The legs were made out of 2″x4″s and glued together at a 45-degree angle, and the structure was completely a wood dowel joinery.
The finished work is a well-designed and solid structure that represents
elegance, beauty and pride in workmanship.
I am grateful for my ability to create it and having it. It’s size
and height is very comfortable and soothing for the young and old.
The Japanese Torii symbol of the Shinto Religion, an iconic and mystical symbol of the country of the rising sun, inspired the design of this Ottoman. The Japanese Torii has a specific religious meaning and canonized structure that signals the transition from the Profane to the Sacred.
A Holiday Present to Myself
Welcoming 2020 with a coveted present to myself made with joy during my leisure hours to wrap myself in the warmth of luxury during the cooler weather in Florida as I contemplated and reviewed the past events and made new decisions.
Mohair Shawl – Knitted body with crocheted edges – 30″ x 72″ – Total weight: 8 oz. (225 gm.)
The Way of Flower is the Pursuit of Beauty
One of my earlier fascination with nature led me to indulge in learning the Art of Ikebana, the way of flower, within the same period when I was painting with a Japanese teacher in Japan, an endeavor that contributed to my appreciation for the Asian culture.
Ikebana is an ancient old Buddhist tradition entailing certain spiritual practices of offering flowers to God’s worship. It originated in India and later spread to China and Japan. It is an effortless and harmonious expression of grace, beauty, and creativity to place Man in communion with the Divine, merge indoors with outdoors, and see beauty in all art forms to reflect and inspire perfection.
One of the spiritual principles of Ikebana is to arrange the flower of your choice just the way you desire. Ikebana exhibits many symbolisms.
When pine and rose are a part of the arrangement,it symbolizes youth and long life.
Piety is not a goal, but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Supreme genius of modern
Known to be the best in the world.
Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing it Well!
Here we have fabulous rice dishes, braised lamb shank, slowly cooked with spices, onions, and garlic—stuffed fish with herbs and walnut, and a few grilled types of meat.
Patience and passion are the main ingredients in Persian cooking.
One of the secrets to an incredibly delicious Persian Kabab, for example, is to marinate the meat in advance for at least 24 hours in a smooth sauce made of pureed onion, yogurt, saffron, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Then, they are skewered and placed over the hot grill until golden on both sides. The burst of flavors in the air becomes maddening.
You know you are serving your guests sumptuous food when they insist on taking pictures of your table before touching anything. It is a courteous form of acknowledgment. The final goal of cooking with passion is to entertain your guests by transferring the joy of your creations to the palates of your guests – the ultimate form of sharing with love.
If you knew what I know about the power of sharing, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
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