Iranian New Year

Iranian New Year

Nowruz, meaning The “New Day” is the name of the Iranian New Year.  Nowruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian Calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and families gather together to observe the rituals.

People from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds celebrate Nowruz for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. It originated in Persia in one of the capitals of the Achaemenid empire in Persis (Fars) in Iran and is also celebrated by the cultural region that came under Iranian influence.

The Iranian new year traditional table.


Ice fishing

It was the end of ice fishing season in Ontario. It’s not just about fishing, it’s also about spending some good time with friends, grabbing couple of beers and enjoying the mother nature in winter.  But it was just ice! No fishing!

Art History

I believe as we learn about drawing and painting, we need to learn about “Art History” as well. Why a very simple and childish piece of “Juan Miro” is sold for millions of dollars?

Red Sun-MiroOr when you look at a “Picasso” you may say: ” pff… I can do that!” but why our piece is never as valuable as a Picasso?

Picasso-1These are some questions you may have in your mind about Art, so having a bit of Art History knowledge would be very helpful.

There are so many books and online sources, “Khan Academy” website has some basic and easy to read articles about Art History Basics.

Draw a few simple lines

Grab a pencil and a piece of plain white paper, and put some dots vertically on the the left side of the paper and same dots on the right side, then draw a line from left to right connecting the dots, try to draw the lines straightly with no curves, then rotate the paper and do the same, You may do it top to bottom. Straight lines aren’t real. They exist only in vector, as the shortest way between two points. You can cheat and use a ruler, but most likely your hand will never learn to draw perfectly straight, long lines. Even if it starts as something perfect, the longer you draw, the more mistakes can be made.

If drawing a long line is almost impossible, we can use short lines that our hand is more adapted for. Just look at the picture below. The shorter the lines, the closer to the original the picture is.


Let’s say you want to draw a flower like below. You can see it’s built of a straight line, a perfect circle and a few of curves with precise angles. I guess you can draw it very slowly, very carefully driving the lines from point to point, Drawing isn’t a chore, it should be fun!


Technical drawing (straight lines, perfect circles) requires concentration. It’s about drawing things exactly as they are. There’s no space for creativity or personal style, since style comes from diversity.

  • Divide the long lines into short ones;
  • The more curves, the shorter the lines;
  • Touch the paper very lightly, don’t press your pencil hard;
  • Keep it fast!


Now, fill the spaces between the lines with the ones it’s lacking. The rules from the previous step still apply.


You can now stress the defined lines with a marker or pressing the pencil harder.


It’s done! It doesn’t look exactly like original, but you can see some style in it, a bit of your personal character, a real work of your hands! You can notice it even looks more natural than the original, because nature isn’t perfect. What’s most important, once you cross the boundaries, you can easily change everything! Paradoxically, the less accurate your lines, the more natural the drawing.


How to paint

Some people love to learn how to paint, but to most of them it’s such a complicated and sometimes scary task! It might be difficult to start but nothing is impossible and it doesn’t mean that you have to become another Picasso or Leonardo De Vinci! You can be yourself and enjoy learning and painting.

First and foremost, it is important how to observe, a good painter or artist is someone who can see better than other people. In our daily life we are surrounded by so many objects such as chairs, desks, tables, flowers and more. We see them but not observe them. There is a big difference between “seeing” and “observing”! To begin we have to learn how to observe. It’s very simple. You can start practicing wherever you are or whatever doing right now. For example put a glass of water on the table in front of you and try to see the curves and shapes. It might be a transparent glass or a colourful one. With half or full of water in it. Try to see the details of reflections or the shapes through it. Then put another object next to it such as an apple or a pencil. You will see the reflections and shapes will change, the link below is a time lapse of drawing a glass of water. It’s fun!