I was with three painter friends fifteen days in Tangier Morocco to paint.
Here my friend Martin with a fat coastal gun. Built in Newcastle.
Description of the cannon: Newcastle on Tyne No.1797 / Weight 44736 L
An interesting departure from your usual subject matter. As Don says, the age of the gun is superbly depicted and like Roberto says, you've captured the harsh Mediterranean light magnificently.
Tangier was a difficult time. We had a nice AirBnB house in the old Medina town. Outside, the light was extremely bright. I had huge problems to paint PLAIN AIR. It was not possible to paint in the harbor. A closed area. I tried painting in the fishing port, but they did not let me into the area.
So, i was often in the house at work.
To eat and drink:
Drinked a lot of tea during the day. In the evening a lot of wine. I found far away a single store to buy wine. Sweaty as a camel to transport the through the city every day.
We were a male household. After a week i did a laundry with clothes. On the machine was a sack of white powder. I thought about washing powder. The name of the washing machine FAGOR - INNOVATION. But there were only three ways to choose;
3 hours, 6 hours or 9 hours. That was weird! I chose the 3 hour button. In the evening laundry hung on the terrace. Thought the laundry is damn bad washed.
After a week my friend wanted to do a second wash. He found that the prepared white powder was not laundry detergent it was PLASTER! He then did a hand wash.
Well, sure why the first time the laundry looked so bad.
Did not tell the homeowner anything.
Well, looks like a good fun at Tangiers but next time don't bother the laundry!
There is a Plein Air 'event' running in Bermuda this week. Local and International painters. I guess about 50 of them. They will move to a different location every day and then a full exhibition at the Bda Society Gallery. Usually Michael Harding is there... as in Harding Oil Paints. Yesterday I was out for morning coffee and I saw a couple of the Plein Air painters running for a tray of coffee. My friend Sue said, "Why are you not doing this Plein Air event?" My first response was, "What? I like my AC, lights and music!" On top that, my own opening at the Gallery is Thursday 7th. I have exactly eight days to complete my work. Finish last touch ups. Framing, catalogue and the hanging plan as well. Notice the time of this? It is 3 AM!
Last summer I was coming along the little lane and spied a plein air painted working away on a little painting... with easel etc. Looked covered in sunscreen and huge sun hat. As I passed on my bike I shouted at him, "You are wasting bloody paint!" Thankfully I recognised the painter so I stopped. He looked completely fried in the heat. I looked at the little painting... 4 x 6 inch... did not even look the lane! Shudders. I turn the AC a notch higher.