Well, never too late to be back…or something like that…

I went sketching just in time yesterday. It was beautful and sunny with clear skies and warm. to suddenly fall upon today where we have one of the coldest days I have experienced so far this winter..we have the blue skies, but icy icy cold with a wind that slices us relentlessly in juliennes!

After a long time of no sketching, I found myself back in that corner where I fixate on detail and try to put too much on to the paper. So my objective for the next few weeks will be to get back into only capturing the necessary, sketch faster and not worry about doing it right!

It is good to be back…!

…vouvray 1

So, Yesterday. I stopped across the river Loire at Vouvray, a quaint village with houses set into the cliffs next to the Loire. Parking my car in the sun, flinging open the door, basking in the warmth of the sun, I did these two sketches at the same spot. Just moving my focus on with the road. With the first sketch, Vouvray 1,  I used my new bottle of black  ink to draw with, not realizing I bought water soluble ink. So when I washed with the watercolour, all the ink just flooded all over. With the second sketch, Vouvray 2,  I just fell back on my rotring tikkky graphich pen to draw with and then added my wash of water color.

…vouvray 2 – further down rue du petit coteau..

Both sketches in pen and watercolor in watercolor sketchbook, 15,3 x 25cm.

19 thoughts on “Sketching in Vouvray

  1. Good to have you back, Ronell. Love the sketches and am looking forward to more. Grand that you managed to sketch despite the cold– brave Ronell.


  2. Yeah Ronell!!! So happy to see you back sketching and posting. These look wonderful — keep doing– I feel the sun in your paintings — it feels so great this time of year.

  3. The second one I can see where you were I left the car over there when I’ve been there.

    I love both your drawings but particularly I like to see you again at the blog.

  4. Ooooh, as always a treat to see what you’ve been up to and your images here are a joy. Keep it up! They’re beautiful. Incidentally, I kind of like the inky effect on the first one.

  5. It’s good to see you and your great sketches back here! Your weather sounds like Chicago. It’s the little teases of spring that get me through the tail end of winter.

  6. Welcome back Ronell – so good to see these lovely French sketches. I agree the floody ink doesn’t matter at all, its still great!

  7. We have that rotten wind here too, Ronell. Will Spring never arrive?!

    I don’t see any hint of lack of practice in these sketches – beautiful, and I’m always partial to a bit of ink running into the watercolour.

  8. It’s so good to see you back… well to see your sketches at least!! 😉
    I love your sketches!
    and the new banner too!

    Welcome back!

  9. Both of these are great!!! I personally like the way the water soluble ink looks. It gives the sketch a rustic look. I had to laugh when you said you were sketching from the car. I do that so often…it even works when it is raining out. Thanks for giving me a little Loire Valley treat. I miss sketching there.

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