|Still celebrating. 240 x 330mm, Pen & ink. ©Sue Pownall 2012|
On November 18th, 2010 Omanis celebrated the 40th National Day of HM Sultan Qaboos rule. HM Sultan Qaboos came to power on July 23 1970, but the Oman National Day is celebrated on
November 18, which is his birthday.
I took the reference shot for this portrait at this year's Muscat Festival,
however the musar (head-dress) was sewn for the 40th commeration.
The Arabic for forty is ٤٠ The numbers are upside down due to the way he has tied it.
Something else that is still being celebrated:
Last Wednesday I met the art director of Bait Muzna Gallery here in Oman as she requested to see my portfolio. I expected some guidance on my drawings and what I should do, but instead I am to be one of the gallery's artists!!! All four of my Festival Faces portraits along with 6 other drawings are now for sale through them. Plus, I have a list of drawings they want me to do.
I think I will be celebrating this success a while longer.