Announcing Moroccan Sketchbook 2016, May 16-20

Ocean waves outside the city ramparts, Essaouira
Ocean waves outside the city ramparts, Essaouira

We have the dates for Moroccan Sketchbook 2016!  May 16-20.  Details here. We hope you can join us for the fifth year of this travel painting and drawing workshop in Morocco.

moroccan roses
Roses at breakfast, Villa Maroc, Essaouira

Looking for You have found it: In the interest of streamlining our web presence we’ve consolidated our workshop information, its now all right here in the menu section of our blog (which can be found in the upper right hand corner on most browsers).

Hitchcock in Marrakech: Luxurious interior tucked away in the medina

marrakech interiorThis is from a morning when Peyton and I stole away together to walk through the covered souks on the Rue Riad Zitoun el Kedim in Marrakech: a busy little market street in the medina, just south of the Jma el Fnaa, crammed with wonderful textiles shops next to meat stalls and hardware nooks, dappled sun light coming through the awnings above, mopeds and the occasional donkey cart of strawberries. I’ve been down this road many times but Peyton had new eyes: “Could we go in here just for a moment?” she asked gesturing to an ornate doorway. We went through the doors and down a tiled staircase into an elegant foyer- such a contrast with the souk outside. We followed elaborately tiled hallways and found ourselves in room upon room of a luxuriously decorated restaurant. Turns out this is the same restaurant featured in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day and Jimmie Stewart (the one where she sings Que sera sera).

If you’d like to practice watercolor sketching on-the-spot in Africa Moroccan Sketchbook 2015 will be May 4-8, registration is open now through March 5.

Lanterns in the Place des Ferblantiers, marrakech

I am excited about my trip to Morocco to teach painting and journal sketching for the Lewis & Clarke study abroad program.  Looking over the lesson plan and schedule has me sketching Marrakech again.

place des ferblantiers

This is from a photo I took under the arcade in the lantern-filled Place des Ferblantiers (translates to something like tinsmith square), last May.

Our 2015 Moroccan Sketchbook drawing and painting workshop will be in Essaouira, Morocco, May 4-8, find more information here.

Painting with Lewis & Clark, Peyton & Pauls in Morocco

This painting is of a street in Essaouira, the seaside town that will host Moroccan Sketchbook 1015.

street in essaouira, morocco, watercolor

Lewis & Clarke College has a study abroad program in Morocco.  I am thrilled to be joining them in Marrakech next January to teach journal sketching and watercolor painting. I’ll also be luxuriating in the company of my dear friend Peyton Marshall, her husband Pauls Toutonghi and their twin toddlers. (Her debut novel, Goodhouse, came out this week, here is a link to an essay in the NY Times. Here’s a link to Pauls’ most recent novel and a wonderful essay). My stint with there will include a trip to the Sahara. I am beside myself with excitement. Even having auditory hallucinations of the call to prayer.