Scenes in Tours

From the garden of l’hotel Beaune-Semblancay in Tours…with the fountain dating from 1511, and the Renaissance chapel.

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….and the remaining  façade, dating from 1518. Most of these buildings were destroyed in 1940.

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Eglise St. Julien à Tours, built in the 13th century.

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Sketches were done in sketchbook, 19x25cm with pen/pencil and watercolour.

La Loire sketches…and a bit of spring

It started out a sunny day and because it is the first day of spring, the Loire felt appropriate. The tables on the pavements outside the restaurants and bars were all festively dressed in spring attire….with little knee blankets, and cushions, pots of springflowers.

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A quick first sketch of the Loire in the moleskine with pen and a wash and then I thought my watercolours weren’t going to be too bad….

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The same scene as the wash, in watercolour, sketchbook 19x 25. I’m not happy with either of the watercolours…just doesn’t look like the Loire! I have a lot of work to do in landscapes!

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A different view. Watercolour in sketchbook, 19×25

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