Carnets Baladeurs – Yoyo’s Book
The theme of this book from the Carnets Baladeurs sketchbook exchange is D’une Mer à l’Autre, (From one Sea to Another). As I don’t live near a sea, just a river, I decided to use a photo from a trip we took to Etretat, in Normandy, last June as a basis for my drawing. Normandy has pretty lousy weather, generally, but when the sun comes out there is no place more beautiful. I never understood impressionist painting, really, until I lived there and experienced that glorious light. During our visit, we were incredibly spoiled – an entire weekend of perfect weather.
My father in law spent the last months of World War II in Etretat as a translator for the American Army, after having lost many family members because a bomb was dropped on his parents house. I lived in the reconstruction of that house for 12 years, and we often went to Etretat when our children were small and scrambled over the cliffs, so this landscape is very familiar to me.
The Carnets Baladeurs sketchbook exchange is a group of generous and talented French speaking artists – it’s open to anyone who wants to join and you can do as much or as little as you like.