Something with Water
The theme Ronell and I chose for our painting of this week was water. Amboise, the city I live in, is situated on the Loire river, one of the main waterways of France, but we also have a small tributary of the Cher, called the Amasse, running through the town. Originally, Amboise was a bit like Venice in some parts, with rivers serving as streets :
But, in 1905 it was decided this was unsanitary (and I’m sure it probably was), so they covered up the visible parts f the river with roads. Today, you’d never know the river was there, except in one or two spots. I went over to one for my subject of the week. This is a restaurant, called L’Ecluse, and it sits along one of the still-visible sections of the Amasse. One of the projects announced by our town government about ten years ago was to clean up and enhance this part of town, but we’re still waiting. So here’s my attempt to portray it for you. These kind of subjects are difficult for me, so it looks more like a sketch than a painting, but it’s a larger format and not in a sketch book – so that counts, doesn’t it?