Monthly Archives: September 2014

Only Hu~ Jewel


“Only Hu” 6″x3″ cuff bracelet with pink velvet backing

From the splendid Islamic civilization of my father’s land Mali, I was inspired to conceive these jewels, all hand-made and hand-painted, they actually are miniature versions of my paintings in the form of cuff bracelets. I spend much time working on these unique art pieces simply because the experience of Beauty is such a source of joy for me, it is in this spirit that I aspire to share it.

This wearable painting is available for purchase here.


The Beloved’s name~




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Reimmersing: “Upon the Spheres’ Lips”

Upon the Spheres' Lips © 2007 Aïda Touré

Upon the Spheres’ Lips © 2007 Aïda Touré

I have pleasantly been going through pictures of paintings I worked on a few yeas ago so I was reminded of specific lessons learned while working on them.

“Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is one of those paintings I worked on meticulously, I was just learning to apply details in unique ways at a time when I discovered new nuances to my creative process which kept me awake for nights, working on the canvas, exploring new facets of my artistic voice.

“Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is about consciously drawing closer to the Divine, reveling in the unfolding proximity, a slow gentle yet intense process which is compared on this painting to the movements of the Spheres, considered the ultimate reflection of Surrender/Islam. Striving to mirror the spheres’ harmony with the Divine Law introduces the human soul to great beauty… read more here.

The original painting “Upon the Spheres’ Lips” is currently exhibited in the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. You may order prints of this piece here.

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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Stellar Discourse


~ Stellar Discourse ~

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim~
Every time they said my name
I heard your summon:
Aïda! Return! Return!
I centered on the ï
and lo! Everything ceased,
the divine Music behind Silence
saturated all existence,
Beauty unleashed
and I sat still,
observing the pen
hint its stellar discourse…

© 2014 Aïda Touré


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Hear Our Holy Music


~ Hear Our Holy Music ~

Say one healing word,
trigger what’s higher,
I’ll hold your hand,
be present,
show love.
be gentle,
nurture what’s pure,
breathe bliss,
hear our holy Music~

© 2014 Aïda Touré


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Life’s Afterglow


~ Life’s Afterglow ~

My love, stop sometimes
to catch the fireflies
of life’s afterglow.
Come sit by my side
and listen to your echo,
this infinite whisperer
from the hereafter
who inspired
the prophets in their glide
between worlds…

© 2014 Aïda Touré

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