Monday, 29 August 2016

Lascaux pages #1

Well....

...a blog post at last!

We've been away a week, but spent most of that time on the road (or in a garage getting the exhaust fixed!!)...


....or busy being hot!

Sarlat was sooooooo hot on Friday - about 37 degrees - that it was difficult to enjoy the day...

...but Saturday we drove up to Montingac to get our tickets for Lascaux II - where it was only 13 degrees inside :-))))))

This is a replica cave as the real one had to be closed to the public because of contamination...

...bacteria and CO2 causing the paintings to suffer too much.

Lascaux II is a copy of only a part of Lascaux.....the first 2 chambers...

...and photos/video are not allowed so I can't show you any - sorry.

However, I had printed off a number before coming and I'd cut a number of stencils from my drawings...

...so yesterday, my first "sketchbook day".....I was able to get on without a hitch as the temperature was down to about 27!!

Here are some piccies of page #1...

The name at the top was cut from a paper carrier bag that held my purchases...

...and those are our entry tickets stuck in the middle of the page.



The bulls are done with my stencils and some Sennelier oil pastels....




....and to finish off I used a micro liner pen to do ga-zillions of dots to make it resemble the undulations of the rock surfaces.





2 Euros bought me a bank-note depicting a Lascaux panel....a nice addition to the page :-)




I shall move on to Page #2 next...

x C

8 comments:

Penny said...

Wonderful post!! I love these images and it was fun to see how and where you got the various images. Beautiful!!

PaulineC said...

Love your sketchbook but I reckon you should have just stayed at home and enjoyed the rain !

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Penny!! X

....and No thanks Pauline!!! I'll cope with the heat and get a sun fix big enough to carry me through the Welsh winter!��

underatopazsky said...

We had lovely sun in Scotland! Love these journal pages.

Caterina Giglio said...

awesome... love your pages...

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

How did the cave II feel...was there a connection with ancient man in the surroundings? Beautiful gesture line on the bull image.

Chris Gray said...

Glad you enjoyed Scotland Alex...we will enjoy it next year....where it probably won't be so hot!!

Thanks so much Cat x

I'm afraid the cave felt like a replica Mary Ann....mostly because of too many people being in a small space...and too much noise as groups go in every ten minutes and therefore two groups are in there at the same time (albeit in different parts). We could still hear the guide and chatter from the French group in front of us and our guide didn't stop talking the whole time! I think it would have been better if everyone had been asked to be silent for a short spell.....maybe that would have helped...

Living to work - working to live said...

Very inspirational! Love it.