I am getting very excited about going to Marrakech again. There are still spots in our Moroccan Sketchbook travel painting retreat at Peacock Pavilions, April 7-13, 2013. Click here for more details and to register.
12"x 8.5", watercolor, pencil and ink on watercolor paper.
A tiny repair shop next to nid Cigone in the Kasbah district of Marrakech. I do not know what the big blue canisters are or the boxy, lamp shaped things on the left. Today in sketch class at Tea in Sahara I'll ask Jawad if he recognises them.
Wonderful Lynn, painter and caligrapher extrodinaire, drew in this lovely introduction.
The ancient fortified town of Essaouria. The boats really are that blue. There were only one or two seagulls in the painting before the waiter at Cafe de France told me I had to add more.
Doors to the little Mosque la Kasbah on the Place Moulay Hassan in Essaouria. I sat accross the street in Cafe de france hours.
Window to my left.
The view from inside the cafe. The friendly wait staff patiently indulged my desire for french conversation and invited me inside the cafe to draw their portraits! -again, who's beautiful life is this? (I left the portraits with them.)
Another spot in Essaouria across from our perch on the ramparts (I don't actually know what we were sitting on but ramparts sounds so good). As we sat here painting I spoke with a variety of facinating tourists: a journalist from NYC trying to shake off work life and headed for a Moroccan pastry cooking class, a german artist looking for a pencil sharpener, folks from South Carolina driving from one North African town to another and another...
Treasure from the souks. Wild variety of color and texture.
Karen took a photo of a basket of dye powder bottles.
Cyprus trees on the perimeter of the Peacock Pavilions grounds.
...those fabulous beads again.
At the 16th century Koranic school Medersa Ben Youssef, I scrambled down, in, up and through the rabbitt warren of monks' cells (climbing through two others to get into this one!) to make this little picture.
A few participants brought these types of vases back to the studio at Peacock Pavilions- they are ink wells/pen holders for students I think?
A fancy inspired by the courtyard at the Medersa Ben Youssef.
I put some of my moroccan sketches in a blurb book, Imagining Morocco, here. Elizabeth and I are suggesting that participants in the Moroccan Sketchbook workshop use an online publisher to print their own books of sketches, photos and notes from the trip.
Elizabeth and I were discussing our lesson plans for Moroccan Sketchbook and Bonnard's bright colorful paintings came up. I wondered aloud how he got those effects and we decided to both do some copies. Often he seems to get the colorful effect with neutral colors-they provide a foil for the bright stuff. What strikes me about my copy is that its almost a Bonnard caricature, more like my own idea of how a Bonnard appears than the original-barely a neutral color in sight. (If you know my work you will grin.) See Elizabeths Bonnard here. (And, yes, I added a dachshund too because they are usually in his paintings somewhere.)