Last Weekend, Julia and I returned from a fantastic 2-week visit to France. Our first few days in Paris were a blur of activity; sight-seeing, and meeting with my old friends, and the next few days at the FESTIVAL in Angouleme were more of the same, with book-buying besides! By the time we got to SAINTES on the Atlantic coast, for a visit with my Dad, the pace slowed down enough to finally fit in a little sketching, though nowhere near as much as I would have liked.
These first two drawings show some of the Roman artifacts that are highlights of a visit to the region around Saintes, including a spectacular Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre:
During our 2nd week, the weather turned decidedly colder and the sketching moved indoors. These sketches were drawn inside the chilly Cathedral of Saint Pierre:
We spent our last day in France inside the the Louvre, that repository of Western Civilization’s greatest hits… A day is not enough to see anything but a teeny fraction of what is there, so we decided to focus on SCULPTURES, and the sketching thereof:
As a consequence of being a nest of over-achievers for well over a millennium, France is a country with such an embarrassment of riches in History and Art that it is impossible to take it all in… but I can’t wait to go back and try!