Cox & Kings Painting Competition

Watercolour Painting of Marrakech
Djemaa El Fna Square, Marrakech

You may recall a blog post several weeks ago where I had been chosen as one of six artists to enter a painting competition organised by Cox & Kings to win one of Cox and Kings’ Morocco Tours.

The competition has been organised by Cox & Kings, the oldest travel company in the world, established in 1758.

This is the finished painting I have produced from the photograph of Djemma El Fna Square in Marrakech.

I deliberately decided to change the format from landscape to portrait to prevent the viewers eyes from drifting off the edge of the composition and also to make sure I didn’t end up with a slavish copy of the photograph.

When I paint on location, I usually work on deckled edged hand made watercolour paper in leather-bound sketchbooks so I chose a similar looking paper to achieve a travel journal feel to the painting.

Painting artificial light in watercolour is never easy, but by laying a wash of yellow over the paper it has helped to create a brighter, higher key to the scene, giving the effect of light under the stalls being thrown around the market.

The winning artist will receive a two night stay at the Hotel Palais Aziza & Spa.

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