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Paintings and Photographs inspired by Travels Around the World

Markets around the World in paintings, sketches and photographs

market ˈmɑːkɪt/ (noun) a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities.

Markets are a great place to people watch and to people sketch. Amid the hustle and bustle of a busy street market you can very quickly become invisible

It is when you are invisible and unnoticed that people act naturally and you get to see snippets of real life. So, wherever I am travelling I always make sure I take a detour to a local market so I can capture in my sketchbook or on my camera some unposed and natural images of people going about their everyday life.

Below are some of my favourite photographs, sketches and paintings from markets around the world, in Tanzania, Bolivia, Thailand, Kenya, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

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  1. healingpilgrim January 17, 2018

    Beautiful Ali! I love the colorful juxtapositions of photos, sketches, drawings, paintings. Wonderful idea, to show the different perspectives and what catches your eye.

  2. SommerKunst January 17, 2018

    So beautiful! I am going to travel to East Africa next year for the first time and I will be making sure to to see lots fo markets 🙂

  3. Marie January 18, 2018

    Beautiful. I love the vivid colors and how just a few strokes brings the figures to life.

  4. Samuel January 18, 2018

    Beautiful. Very innovative. You are one talented person, Ali. Thank you for sharing your captures and artistic work.

  5. mdhoffmannphoto January 18, 2018

    Wonderful collection Ali! My favourite is the “Fish Market in Vietnam”

  6. a speck in time January 20, 2018

    Beautiful. You are so talented. What a great way to travel by observing and expressing it through art. I carried my watercolors through three countries last year, without opening them once. You are such an inspiration! Love it.

  7. fleurdelilah January 20, 2018

    I love how you capture your subjects and in such different styles! Beautiful and vibrant paintings!

  8. Beauty by Elisa MUA January 23, 2018

    Have you ever been to Paris? Suburbs are very inspirational and multicultural

    • Ali Dunnell January 23, 2018

      I have but a long time ago. I remember being really fascinated by the melting pot of cultures. It is a city I am longing to return to 🙂

  9. Akshay patil January 29, 2018

    i love your unique painting style. it will be your brand identity in some days. keep it up.

  10. wanderlustvlog January 31, 2018

    Loving those colors! Very vivid and intense!

  11. Erica January 31, 2018

    Beautiful paintings, I enjoyed this post!

  12. Followingtherivera January 31, 2018

    These are so beautiful!! I love markets and this artwork has captured it perfectly. I especially love the one of Merida 🙂

  13. Constance @ The Adventures of Panda Bear January 31, 2018

    I love how you can get a taste of the culture as well as all those artists’ styles just by going to the market! I definitely need to make a larger effort to seek out local art when I’m traveling. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Pierre February 1, 2018

    Wow! Just unbelievable talent! Amazing how you think of things in that perspective! I love your concept of photography + artwork!

  15. adventuregirleliana February 1, 2018

    These are beautiful!! And the best souvenirs one can gift themselves! Great talent!

  16. Bonita February 1, 2018

    I want to know which one is from Kenya! You are very talented Ali. Sharing this post right away. I am a lover of art.

    • Ali Dunnell February 1, 2018

      Hi Bonita, thanks for the positive feedback. The one from Kenya is Selling Bananas in Kisii (it was a road side market in this rural town) . Ali

  17. thetripwishlist February 1, 2018

    This is so captivating! I love your inspiration and how you even composed the paintings with the photographs in this post. Great work!

  18. Boarding Call February 1, 2018

    so true, markets are the perfect places for people watching. You can also learn a lot about the local culture by spending time at one, seeing how much people negotiate, what is important to them, what foods they eat… it is just a great stop to incorporate in any travel!

  19. Alex February 2, 2018

    Wow. very nice and uncommon compilation. I see your blog is full of inspiring ideas.

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    • alidunnell April 17, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and the positive comment 🙂

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    • alidunnell May 6, 2018 — Post Author

      I’ll check out your instagram page 🙂

  22. Willie Lockhart July 8, 2018

    this is a unique idea about traveling. You traveled to many countries to give us, known for their local market life. You have done the wonderful job, It a great inspiration for all the beginners. Your stunning painting and sketches tell the story of the local life around the world. Thanks for thinking some unique things. 🙂

  23. Neeti September 18, 2018

    I love your amazing Painting Style Ali! Great Job.

  24. paddockfamily4 December 30, 2018

    Awesome collection of art pieces!!!

  25. Rae Argallon January 1, 2019

    These are very nice art!

  26. Amir Mohtashemi March 25, 2019

    Wonderful collection mate, Thanks for the share..

  27. Amir Mohtashemi March 25, 2019

    Very useful tips, I myself believe in never starting a new project before completing the pending ones.

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