For a few days in marrakech Elizabeth and I stayed in a suite of rooms over an alleyway a few steps from the Jma el Fnaa. These two windows looked in opposite directions over the pinky-orange alleyway (the name of which I cannot locate on any map).
These are some teaching notes for working from a photograph. A loose value study on the left in pencil and a color study on the right in watercolor, with my attempt at writing Jmaa el Fnaa in Arabic (woefully incorrect but I maintain that the reward is in the effort.) I used the same reference photo for this painting last year. Which is currently on display at Tea in Sahara. I am looking forward to the Wednesday watercolor classes which will resume there this week!
Elizabeth is in the south of France right now making preparations for our French Sketchbook workshop. We will be staying at a restored 14th century chateau near the medieval town of Duras, pictured here with its clock tower. Meanwhile, here in Providence, it is school vacation week and my son and I (who no longer wishes to be referred to as Captain Spectacular but said this one last reference is okay) are off to the Roger Williams Park Zoo now!