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I knew when I snapped this shot that a) I’d got lucky and b) it was perfect to paint.

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It needed something better in the front left foreground so I ‘imported’ some of these lovely cushions and lanterns.

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I began with some block collage laid down to paint over – a piece of Arabic writing I picked up whilst in Marrakesh and a chocolate wrapper in the style of some of the tiles I’d seen there.

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After washing in some colours I drew in the structure.

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And continued to layer it up with paint – making textures, scratching into paint and printing too.

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I love how their body language translates this couples kind of nonchalance and conversation as they strolled along.

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It’s a challenge to paint so differently to normal but I love all the layers of print and texture showing through and it seems the perfect way to capture Marrakesh.

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  Back to normality after my exciting day out

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I am still immersed in painting Marrakesh despite painting in Birmingham (UK). I have focussed some work on the beautiful building we stayed in when we visited two years ago.

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Years ago I had kept a cutting from a magazine showing where the chef Yotam Ottolenghi was filming his latest TV programme because it looked so beautiful and so Moroccan.

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  That wonderful place is Riad Kaiss.

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Literally every corner is a picture, every piece of furniture is a work of art.

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Every door, tile or piece of stoneware an exquisite sculpture.

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Every meal, every flower display and every furnishing, was inspiring the visual senses in some way.

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We booked a half day with the chef to learn how to make Moroccan pastries (we haven’t since!) and I was delighted to just get a look at the gorgeous quirky colours of the kitchen and the tiles.

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Another cook-book called Colours of Maroc has since been published, also photographed in Riad Kaiss. Check that link for an almost identical (but better photographed) image of Cornes des Gazelles on those tiles. Great minds…

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It was a cool, quiet haven to retreat to after a few hours bustling in the souks.

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I like this little tin foil painting as it conjures up my memory of its dark, quiet coolness.

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And if you ever go to Marrakesh then I highly recommend you do stay there.


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Who knew that painting over tinfoil could be such fun!

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That’s what sketch book play is all about isn’t it? Those unexpected successes.

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I’m really happy with this little piece – I think it captures the feeling of a night in the Djemaa El-Fna (the main square in Marrakesh)

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It can be a bit of a stressful place with lots of locals out to get your money through one scam or another but it looks nice and twinkly!

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Here’s wishing you a happy Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

4. Marrakesh Rooftops

Before Easter I was lost in a world of inspiration looking at my holiday photos from Marrakesh two years ago.

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After that I did get enjoyably side-tracked by Spring blooms, holidays and a Spring painting that wanted capturing right here and now but I was also not quite ready to stop my Marrakesh work just yet.

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Here’s a little video of another rooftop painting I did because I just can’t get enough of those colours.

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Outside today has been sunshine and showers but inside it has been hot, hot, hot!

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I got started on this piece by un-leashing my inner Paul Klee, not intentionally, I was just blocking in some geometric shapes to work over but I love the painted patchwork.

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Then I collaged in some geometric shapes on top by using patterns and colours from my stashes, which resonated with the scene.

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A brief ray of sunshine brought real warmth to the scene.

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This kind of instinctive, not overly considered sketchbook work is important in unearthing the happy accidents.

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I think this rough little sketchbook piece has a lot to recommend another ‘proper’ go at it if I can relive it again.

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It’s almost two years ago now that we went to Marrakesh and unbelievably almost two years since I’ve done anything with the wealth of visual inspiration that is crammed into every corner of this vibrant place – time to do some Marrakesh inspired artwork.

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I do have a tendency to percolate or nest on ideas for quite a while but then sometimes more inspiration comes my way and it’s hard to keep up – last years Italy holiday is a point in case – will it be another two years before I do anything with those beautiful images?!

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So a couple of weeks back, I was really craving a spot of sunshine and wishing on a trip away somewhere to shake off the winter blues and it occurred to me that I could just re-live Marrakesh and do some new work simultaneously – which is what I’ve been up to.

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I have hundreds of photos of Marrakesh and most have some sort of merit to me as an artist – so I was overwhelmed to start (there has been a lot of faffing about/work avoidance going on too.)

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So I decided to just begin with the first photo in the photo stream that spoke to me.

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And I have jumped between quick little sketchbook pieces, colour studies on the computer and longer pieces of larger art.

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Just playing about and making art without trying to plan an end result.

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We are just back from the most amazing trip to Marrakesh, Morocco.

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 I’ve tried to sum up my 1489 photos into just a few here to record a flavour of what Marrakesh means to me…

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… colour, pattern, china, bartering, alley ways, twinkling lights, shadow and sun, oranges, roses, mint tea, beautiful old craftsmanship, poverty, slippers, making pastries, warm-hearted people, carpets, a simpler way of life, family, tiles, a nation with religion at its centre (it was Ramadan) pottery, trickery to turn a coin, aubergines and hot sun.

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It will take some time to assimilate it all and to reflect and work from it – but I will share more photos as I do.

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Did I bring anything back I hear you ask? Oh yeah! I packed my camel with all this and stowed him on board without Ryanair noticing a thing 😉

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And thank you for all the likes and kind comments on my mixed media bird pieces; it has given me food for thought.

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