Carrying a sketch book at all times is a good idea, however this time of year is perfect to put a small sketch book, palette, brush and pen into your bag. Then find a place in nature where you can doodle and enjoy….oh and don’t forget something to eat and drink…
Sketch books come in all sizes….and although I like to carry a pocket sized book for quick notes, every now and then I will use a bigger tablet, which was the case with this sketch book I used in France during the summer of 2012.
The first two rapid watercolours appealed because of the reflections of the boat and overhanging trees…plus it was such a peaceful place to sit on the banks of the Sein.
This sketch was painted on July 4th 2012….I was with artists, Mariethe Salort, and Bonnie Halsey Dutton….We had just enjoyed a lovely champagne lunch provided by dear Yves….our taxi driver:)
Courriers sur Sein – watercolour and gouache
We spent another blissful day in the beautiful village of Gerberoy. I remember that the Tour de France was close by that day, and every time we passed riders, we yelled ‘Viva La France’ from the car…
This sketch was from the church which sat high up over the village of Gerberoy, overlooking the beautiful French countryside.
Mariethe Salort managed to arrange for us to paint in Monet’s Garden at Giverney after all the tourists had gone. It was a wonderful experience to sit in the gardens with no one else around.
Sitting in Monet’s Garden, all alone.
A bridge over the lily pond at Monet’s Garden, Giverney.
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You might even see some Magical Hummingbirds.