The artists' challenge Interpreting Morocco

| November 14, 2013

Earlier in November, we invited five art bloggers to recreate a photograph of Morocco in their own style.

Djemaa el-Fnaa square

The artist who best captured the spirit of the destination would win a Cox & Kings holiday to Morocco, staying at the luxurious Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa in Marrakech. The talented artists – working with a range of watercolours, pastels, mosaics and paper – were given a selection of photographs to choose from. They chose one image each as their inspiration, and created stunning individual artworks.

Here are the entries:

Alan Reed

Alan chose a bustling scene at the Djemaa el-Fnaa square, in heart of Marrakech. His watercolour perfectly captured the colours, movement and exotic feel of the market at dusk.

Vandy Massey
Another talented watercolour artist, Vandy chose to capture the intriguing blue buildings of Chefchaouen. She took her entry one step further by incorporating Moroccan spices like turmeric and paprika to create a tangible sense of a holiday in Morocco.





Marrakech Watercolour Alan Reed White Light, Blue City - Vandy Massey

Kim Dellow

Using a beautiful photograph of a man wandering throught the souks, Kim took the detailed tiles in the foreground as her inspiration. A paper artist from London, Kim thought it fitting to create a hand-bound travel journal with a detailed, colourful cover.


Jenny Keal

Jenny decided on the stunning view of the Atlas Mountains, looming in the background of a green, leafy landscape. To create a central focus in her painting, she added a colourful Berber woman, of whom she had sketched on a previous visit to Morocco in 1993.

Errachidia, Morocco by Jenny Keal

Concetta Perôt

A skilful mosaic artist, Concetta took her inspiration from the colourful souks of Marrakech.  She created a delicate mosaic sculpture of a scarf to capture the local wares sold in the bustling souks.

Souks in Marrakech

With plenty of stunning entries, the final difficulty was deciding on a winner. Thankfully, the artists themselves were in charge of voting, and each entered their preferences anonymously.

With all votes counted, today we’re delighted to announce the winner as Kim Dellow!

Many thanks to all the artists who participated, and congratulations again to Kim. We hope you enjoy your holiday to Morocco.


Thanks to Lori Bentley Art for creating the before and after artists compilation picture above.

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