"Magician of Maghreb"
Mural for @jidar_toilesderue , Rabat, Morocco.
Usually full color mural painting seems to me quite difficult and takes a lot of time and resources. But not this time!
I did some progress in my skills development, and i believe that it is the first mural, that i finished a day before the end of the project.
I painted a berber, sitting in common "oriental pose", in his classic bright indigo djellaba, and doing some magic ritual with music, maghrebi mint tea and dancing dervish (which represents a nomadic sufi, who brought Islam to that region). Witchcraft and shamanism are enormously developed in Morocco, as says internet. Unfortunately i haven`t seen any wizards in "the all Maghrebi Magician`s and Sorcerer`s capital" Marrakesh (but saw just one in Rabat). Although you can find all the ingredients for the magic rituals on every market.
I was impressed by the history and culture of indigenous white people of the Northern Africa. Unbelievable, according to different sources their history stretching back up to 11 thousands years. They had preserved their culture essentially unchanged despite the conquests of Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. When i saw their modern alphabet, it reminded me some cosmic hieroglyphs or prehistoric petroglyphs that i saw in the museum of Vatican.
Huge thanks to @salahmalouli and all the team of JIDAR - Toiles de Rue for such professionally organized process. Special thanx to my assistant Sara.
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"As bitter as death, as sweet as life, as enjoyable as love",- say moroccans about their famous mint tea. Also i would say it is so hot as hell and looks like it evaporates before reaching the cup!
Mural detail for @jidar_toilesderue in Rabat, Morocco.
Some new books:
1. Pinxit by Mark Ryden.
2. Сара Симблет. Анатомия для художника.
3. Decommunized: ukrainian soviet mosaics.
4. Berber women of Morocco.
5. Le Vieux Maroc Insolite Du "Petit Journal" Et Du "Petit Parisien".
A berber with hidden face.
Berbers of Sahara, or Tuareg people are the world's only tribe where men cover their faces with bandana (instead of women in Islamic countries). Mural detail for @jidar_toilesderue in Rabat Morocco.