France Sketches

 Posted by on February 6, 2012  Drawings, Location Sketching, Travel  Tagged with: , , ,
Feb 062012

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, visiting the Musée d’Orsay, and meeting with my old friends from when I worked at Disney Paris (in 1990). Then we got on one of those fancy TGV trains, and spent the next few days down south at the Angoulême International Comics Festival for more of the same; sightseeing, lots of socializing with book-buying besides! By the time we got to SAINTES over on the Atlantic coast, for a visit with my Dad and his wife Wendy, 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. It is really something for someone raised in the New World, to behold such antiquities as these. In fact, one of the things that struck us both about this town was how matter-of-fact they are about the cultural riches they had. We went to a small museum that was a treasure trove of goodies, but it was all presented as if it were no big deal. We were lucky with the weather the first week, and many days were even mild, but 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:

After a very pleasant few days with Dad and Wendy, we left them to their own devices and headed back to Paris. We spent our last full 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 all the marvels in 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!

  13 Responses to “France Sketches”

  1. Nice Jamie! I like the Joan Of Arc and Hurcules ones the best! Sounds like you guys had a fun trip!

  2. Unlike Rhode, I think they are all the best, Jamie! Thanks for sharing! Envy!

  3. Looks like you had quite a trip! Beautiful work. Hope to see more!

  4. Looks like you and Julia had a great time and you both produced some great drawings to boot.

  5. Cool sketches, Jamie. Sounds like you and Julia had an awesome time there 😀 Visiting France is definitely in my to-do list 🙂 All the best!

  6. Hi Jamie, these sketches is really nice. You did a great job. You spend an excellent time now. I want to do this beautiful work 🙂 I love all these sketches :):):) Thanks for allocation and wish your good luck.

  7. Wow, I’m so happy that you got to spend a couple of weeks in France. I’d like to do that sometime! Can’t wait to hear your stories.

  8. I cannot recommend a visit to France highly enough. There is so much to see and do. The only downside at the moment (if you are visiting with US dollars) is the strength of the Euro!

  9. Good for you for slowing down and sketching. I did a bit of sketching there, but always had this urgency to keep moving, like I was afraid of missing something. Beautiful watercolors. Love that Apollo.

  10. Lovely post, as always! Thank you Jamie!

  11. This was such a fun trip! Jamie’s watercolors really blew me away. While I was focusing on all the little details of things he was capturing big stuff, whole entire scenes. We had such a fun time in France. I hope we can visit again soon.

  12. Thanks, everyone. It was a fantastic trip.

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