Sketching in Amboise with Laura
The beautiful and talented Laura from Laurelines has been visiting my small city here in the Loire Valley, and yesterday we went to the local castle to sketch. It took a visitor from the US to get me inside the castle walls with a sketchpad!
Here’s a view of the castle from behind, up high in the gardens
As it was freezing outside, we spent most of our drawing time in the council room, sketching gargoyles. Laura had already drawn copies of some of them in the States, but I’ll let her tell you about that.
The first one, which is right next to the fireplace, has huge ears, to remind those councilors of the king who might be discussing secret information that “the walls have ears” as anyone next to the fireplace on the floor just above could hear what they were saying….
No one knows who the other gargoyles are modeled on – sometimes the sculptors used local people as models or even a contre-maître, who forgot to pay their wages….These faces all look so happy and friendly that I don’t imagine there were any bad feelings among the sculptors working in this room!
I got really cold, I drew this little face who was actually on the fireplace – I don’t know what you think, but those look like awfully big ears to me too….
At the end of the day, we finally went over to a little café on the Place du Chateau and had a hot drink. They have bookshelves filled with all kinds of books that you’re allowed to read while you have a coffeee or a hot chocolate. Here’s a sketch done there: