Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Just pictures......











....lost for words!!

x C

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!! Where do I start?!

Prehistory is behind me (for the moment)....

...and I'm now on a Medieval thing.

Here in the Vienne are to be found THE MOST AMAZING Romanesque churches!!

I cannot possibly show all my photos ...

...I took 450 yesterday alone!

But...

...here's a taste of the things I have to play with...

...from inside the church.....

Enjoy!!











Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Lascaux Pages #5 & #6

...and so my final Lascaux pages are completed....

...the head of a magnificent bull....






....and some of the 400 signs/marks found throughout the cave....



I shall do a lot more with this theme...

...but it'll have to wait until I get home again!

x C

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scunthorpe weekend....by Alex "Under a Topaz Sky"






Alex has done a couple of lovely blogposts about my weekend with them at the end of July...

Posts number 1 to be found here...

...and number 2 here....


Thanks Alex! :-)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Lascaux pages #4

A horse this time...





x C

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Lascaux pages #3

...and so it's back to bulls...




I'm really enjoying my Lascaux cave visit....

....right here on the campsite!!

Today it's a light lunch Chez Gladys....

...and a visit to the Grotte de Rouffingnac this afternoon.

A good time to go as it's going to be 32 degrees outside!! :-)

x C

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Lascaux pages #2

I didn't say much about the cave experience in the last post....

...but someone has asked....and I think that I should now anyway.

It felt strange.

It is (I'm sure) a VERY good replica, however, the whole process of the visit, unfortunately, leaves you in no doubt that you are not in the real thing.

Too many people in a group makes for overcrowding...

Too short a time between groups - only 10 minutes - means that there are actually three groups inside at any one time...and two groups in the actual "cave" part. When we entered the first cave, we could hear the guide and chatter from the French tour in the second cave. Our guide had to raise her voice so that we could hear her......and she didn't stop talking the whole of the time.

I think some spells of silence would have helped the experience.....

None of this detracted from the beauty of the paintings though. The whole thing is absolutely stunning and well worth the visit. It's not even that expensive 10.50 Euros per adult.....

...as long as you don't count the cost of the lunch you buy because your tour time isn't until 2.50 pm!!

I am very glad that we went....and I shall enjoy it for much longer than the 30 minutes we had in the "cave" as I work into my sketchbook here at the Gladdyvan!! :-)

Now...

...page #2...



This is (obviously) one of the stags....stenciled onto a waxed/batik paper using Sepia acrylic ink.

I hadn't intended to use this paper here.....but....when I sponged my black Brusho through the stencil I had my sponge too wet and it bled dreadfully. So I had to do a "cover-up-jobby" on it and stuck the batik paper on top of the original mess!! I still like it though :-)

This left a space free on the left side of the page for a bit of writing...

....part of a poem entitled "Magic Words"...

...and Inuit poem translated by Edward Field...

...that had been posted by lovely Penny here.




I shall now continue my underground adventure with a few more pages...

...before moving on to work on some Romanesque inspiration that I've found in abundance since arriving in France!

It's going to be another hot one today......

....maybe some stitching in the shade too....

x C