Hi, my name is Reham Moniem Ali and I’m from Egypt (follow me on my Instagram!). I’ve been painting since I was a little kid. My mom has played a very vital role. I loved art so she used to buy me all the art supplies I wanted, even the pricey ones. Let me say, I was very spoiled in that matter and everyone in my family knew I was obsessed with art. So from the very beginning, I knew what I wanted to be and what kind of school or college I wanted to join.

I’m very lucky (and blessed) to have a supportive family and friends who encouraged me from a very young age. Now, I’m teaching interior architecture at the university so painting, drawing and many forms of art play a large part in my work. It gave me an amazing opportunity to try a lot of media such as gouache, acrylic, charcoal, etc. Ironically, I tried everything BUT watercolor until 2015. It was the first time I took this media seriously!

When in doubt sketch your tools…

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Sketch by Reham Moniem Ali in Egypt of art supplies - #doodlewash #urbansketchers #usk

When I sketch my art supplies it’s not just for breaking the block, it’s like a mini diary of what I used during this time and what I added to improve my technique.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Sketch by Reham Moniem Ali in Egypt of art supplies - #doodlewash #urbansketchers #usk

So, why watercolor at this time? First, I wanted a fast medium that suits journaling and sketching. Second, I found it matches my style. I really love to mix between loose splashes of colors and a certain amount of details. Especially when I sketch cities or active places.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Sketch by Reham Moniem Ali in Egypt of watercolor palette - #doodlewash #urbansketchers #usk

My first set of watercolors and my first baby. Nothing compared to this one in my heart, except professional watercolors, of course.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor Sketch by Reham Moniem Ali in Egypt of fruit - #doodlewash #urbansketchers #usk

One of my early sketches trying to catch the reflection of light and the transparency of the leaves.

Between 2007 and 2015, I nearly stopped doing any form of art except my work. So when I started drawing again, I used my sketchbook to paint or draw literally ANYTHING. I thought, “all I wanna do is find a way back into ART.” Then, I begin to use sketches as a creative way to prepare my lectures in my journal.

Next, I added urban sketching as a new-found passion. That’s why you find a lot of architecture and still life in my watercolor sketches. Trying to mix ink and watercolor in a wet-on-wet technique in a way that gives an expressive touch to my work .

The sketches above are very dear to me as they are places in my home town of Alexandria. As you can see in this city, you can find all architectural styles from European to Islamic to modernism. This richness inspires me a lot and is reflected in my work.

Now I sketch almost everyday. And every time I finish a sketchbook, I feel very excited to start the next. And each time I enter an art supply store, I still feel the same thrill and happiness of the little girl whose mum took her to Toys R Us. Sometimes in art, all you need is to enjoy what you do.

Reham Moniem Ali

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

11 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Splash! Let’s Play With Watercolor!

  1. Reham, I venture that it’s exciting to be a student in your classes. I love the spontaneity of your art. It leaps off the page. I also like the unfinished aspect of many of your paintings as if you are waiting for the viewer to make a contribution and trusting that it will be worthy.

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  2. Reham, I am very much enjoying your watercolor sketches. I was very fortunate to be able to visit Alexandria some years ago. It is a beautiful city. I was only there for a couple days, no time for sketching, so I took as many photos as I could. I remember the variety of architectural styles. And I remember how enthusiastically My friends and I were greeted. Don’t stop painting. Maybe I will have to get on Instagram to see more of your work.

    For now, I will get out my photos, paint them, and remember my wonderful visit to your city.

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  3. Reham, you were one of my first follows on Instagram, and you were kind enough to follow me back even though I was just at the start of my art journey and only had, like, 7 followers! i’ve always loved how kinetic your work is; it feels so alive. Good to see you here!

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