Monday, July 2: Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? has created a new travel theme for this week: art.  She writes: One of the things I love most about art is how it can restore the spirit. Art can be interpreted in so many ways, I’d love to see your take on the theme.

I never see any kind of street art, as such, in Oman.  So I have to go to art galleries or places where artistic work is featured.  Here is a painting of Omani women in the Bait Muzna Art Gallery in Muscat by Rabha Mahmood.  You can find more of her beautiful paintings on Facebook at Oman Art.  I find Omani women’s headscarves and clothing are very colorful and artistic in and of themselves.

I love the softness, the dreaminess of this painting

I love this piece by Tahira Fida, who is fascinated by communication and the means the human race have employed.  Her work is rich in symbols, characters and letters from different languages, especially the ancient ones such as Aramaic and Hieroglyphic.  I love this painting of an Omani door.  In every village, you find unusual old doors, especially in the abandoned ruins. This is her painting of a door.

An Omani door is always a piece of art in and of itself

Finally, mosaics play a big part in art all over the Arab world.  Here is a mosaic found at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.