I was invited to go to Tangier in 2007 by my friend and author Marine Vassort.

A publisher in Marseille, P’tits Papiers,  had agreed for us to go there and stay in a rented house where we would write and draw for a couple of weeks, with the intention of preparing a book about a personal voyage.

My approach in such situations is always very solitary, as I find myself facing the discovery of a new culture.  The easiest way for me to set on the work is to make myself a routine, so that I train my eyes to be as inquisitive and as open as possible. 

Every morning, I would sit on the terrace of the house, located in the heart of the Kasbah (old town), and would draw scenes of what I could see from there.

I set myself a rule, I would only draw what could be seen from the house I was staying in.

 

Tangier diary day2, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier diary, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier diary day 4, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier diary day 5, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier diary day 6, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier diary day3, 42cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection
Tangier through the grids, 30cm x 30cm, watercolor on paper, private collection


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