With my bags all packed and ready to go, I was excited to be heading off on a trip to France. The Lofoten Islands in Norway was the first time I had sketched whilst abroad. I loved this experience so much I wanted to make it part of my future travels. It’s just about being organised and travelling with a light sketching kit. I never could have imagined on this trip, travelling with hand luggage only, how much I would live in fear of the security officers taking my Icelandic paints off me. I had my Windsor and Newton Cotman travel set with me too.
My Icelandic paints
Toulouse, when I arrived, was in a period of unrest, due to protests. Therefore it appeared safer to sight-see indoors and absorb the cultural experience from this stay. They have so many beautiful buildings which are so inspiring. The Musee Des Augustins provided a place of peace, the architecture was amazing and I particularly loved the Romanesque stone sculptures, which were lit by incredible lighting. (see images below).
After my city cultural fix I headed to Soult, near Argentat in Limoges, which was so beautiful and very rural. I headed into the wooded landscape with Iris from Woodland Inspirations, to see the amazing views and discover the beautiful lichens. What an exciting experience to be sketching in France. I found my sketchboard and sketching kit worked really well.
Sketching in Soult
I find it takes a little while whilst travelling to find the right spot to settle to draw. I feel you need to go with your gut instinct and more often than not this will be the right spot.
I’m so looking forward to further sketching adventures in 2019. Wishing you all lots of creative adventures in the coming year as I sign off from 2018. Happy New Year to all you artists, budding artists, and those who don’t think they are artists, when really you are.
Thank you so much to you all for all your amazing continued support.