Artwork: Egyptian Series- Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, Gods of Egypt, Anubis and Horus

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Egyptian Art Series by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

I really enjoyed creating this Egyptian Series, exploring the mighty Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut and the gods of Egypt, Anubis and Horus. These pieces were created via pen/ink and digital coloring, while incorporating my photography into the background. It’s now AVAILABLE AS A PRINT HERE at my Etsy Shop.

Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut T Shirts

Queen Hatshepsut is regarded as one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Aside from being one of the first solo female rulers of the Old World, she established trade while keeping peace between regions. I wanted to create an elegant and powerful queen, with a nod to the mysticism of magic and mythology of her time period. Atop her head is the rising sun and cow’s horns, which were elements of beauty and fertility, associated with the goddesses Hathor and Isis. Cobras were protectors to the ancient Egyptians, so I added a couple of extra ones πŸ™‚ Towards the bottom of the piece is a subtly placed photograph of Hatshepsut’s Temple, taken while I was in the Valley of the Kings.

Anubis and Horus are presented with an architectural facade with a scarab beetle at the top, a symbol of renewal in the Ancient World. The coloring of the background is kept monochromatic, while the inner circle resembles the tones of a rising sun, a continuous theme throughout traditional Egyptian art. My goal with these pieces were to keep with the traditional aspect of Ancient Egyptian papyrus paintings, but with a variant in composition and a bit more realistic shading.

Travel Photos: Great Pyramids of Egypt

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Egyptian Pyramids Photo 1, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Egyptian Pyramids Photo 2, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

I was super excited to visit the great Pyramids of Giza, just an hour away from Cairo. In epic style, I was able to take a camel caravan across the Sahara Desert to see one of the stunning wonders of the Ancient World. Afterwards, I visited the Sphinx and found my way inside a pyramid. It was a snug tunnel, and quite a work-out, but still amazing to experience πŸ™‚

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Happy Lunar New Year!

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Chinese New Year Card AGC Singapore

Hope everyone has a fantastic Lunar New Year! I was pleased to receive this card design from AGC Singapore utilizing my Red Asian Textile Background. It’s a beautiful combination of nature photography and traditional design.

Credit: Jolene Yeo, Media and Communications Unit, Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore.

Free Red Asian Chinese Textile Background

Here is the original imagery. You’re welcome to download this beautiful red pattern for use in your backgrounds or artwork. More free backgrounds can be found on my Flickr Creative Commons folder HERE . Enjoy and happy creating!

Travel Photos: Kom Ombo Crocodile Temple, Aswan Egypt

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Sobek Crocodile God Egypt Art Photo, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Egypt is full of wonderful mythologies and mysteries. Kom Ombo is a fascinating temple in Aswan, Upper Egypt dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God of fertility and world creator with Hathor. He is a diety of protection. The Ancient Egyptians feared and revered crocodiles. The priests of Kom Ombo captured hundreds of crocodiles in deep underground wells, and supposedly adorned them with jewels to be placed within the temple pits. After the crocodiles died, they were mummified and are now on display at the Crocodile Museum. Such fascinating and amazing taxidermy exhibits!

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Sobek Kom Ombo Crocodile Temple Egypt Architectural Photo, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Sobek Kom Ombo Crocodile temple mummies, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Travel: Smiling Faces in Cairo, Touring Egypt as a Solo Female Traveler

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Travel Blog Photo, Smiling Faces in Cairo

For international travel, I always research political and social climates to find out appropriateness of actions, interactions, etc. As a solo female traveler, I chose to meet up with a tour group (for safety), wore appropriate conservative attire (to show respect for the culture and to stay lowkey) and found out about social mores. There are soldiers and tanks at checkpoints mostly on the outskirts of Cairo, but I had no safety fears while traveling in a group. Like all cities, there are underbellies, and spots that aren’t so great, but with a little common sense, no troubles at all. Now is a great time to travel to Egypt, since you don’t have to push through crowds congregating at the sites, and with a country so dependent upon tourism, the prices are really great. Just watch out for the aggressive vendors–you’ll learn to hone your bargaining skills like a pro!

My interest in traveling to Egypt was to learn more about the present culture, and the mysteries / history of Ancient Egypt, with the great monuments and exquisite artwork. I definitely am inspired to create new art… just have to dig in and start creating! πŸ™‚

While I was traveling on my own–away from the group–I was delighted to meet dozens of curious lil Egyptians and fell in love with their smiles and energy. There were very inquisitive–asking my name, where I was from, how I liked Egypt, etc. Another reason why I enjoy travel–to meet new people and get inspired! Here are a few pics of them while in Cairo πŸ™‚

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