Well, what with the arrival of Thanksgiving and readjusting to home territory, I'm late in posting French sketches. But better now than even later, right?
I had the great fortune to spend extra time in Amboise with Casey and Ronell. (See previous two posts for explanations.) My time with Ronell was WAY too short--her schedule and intermittent cell phone problems very sadly tripped us both up. We vow to make up for lost time the next time I'm in Amboise. Casey and I set out early on a frosty day and walked to the chateau, where we mostly sketched bits of the interior, but managed a spell outdoors sketching before our fingers grew numb. Here they are, in roughly chronological order. Check Casey's blog for her versions of many of these.
I love the prickly trees in France. The French method of pruning produces wildly calligraphic shapes that fill the landscape with phrases from some half-remembered, stark, elegant proto- language. These trees are on the grounds of the chateau.
After a cold day of sketching, we went to a café across from the chateau, where I sketched tea things arranged on a hutch behind the banquette where Casey sat.
Next day, even colder, we managed a quick trip to the Musée des Beaux Arts in Tours, where we eked out one sketch each of polychrome fireplace figures.
I have some sketches and stories from the exhibit in Clermont-Ferrand and my scant stay in Paris. Stay tuned!