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At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Catching up!

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I had a marvelous trip to the south of France! It was basically two parts – first, a stay in Avignon, with a few side trips, then on to Sisteron, where I stayed at Mas du Figuier with 7 other artist hikers.

The second week I took part in a Trek & Sketch, where we were tutored in sketching by Vincent Desplanche and led on our hikes by François Levrault.

So first, I will share my progression of quick people sketches, Vincent is very good at capturing people, even as they run by in the rain!  I’m not sure there was any improvement in my work over the two weeks, but it sure was fun trying!

At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Oct 22 – At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Waiting at Newark airport

Waiting at Newark airport

Croissant and coffee

Oct 23 – My first sketch in France, at CDG station, waiting for my train.

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 29 – At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike.

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Going places

Following my wonderful travels last year, I got a little blue, thinking about an entire winter in the cold and snow. So I started making travel plans for this year!  Definitely lifted my spirits!

First I found a hiking club, with local “lite” hikes of 2-4 miles, that help keep me active.

Next, I planned a visit to Acadia Park in Maine.  It is a perfect place to enjoy the wilderness, without going too wild, or too far from civilization.  My rental is called The Bird Nest, and it’s away from the more popular areas, close to trails and close to local stores.

Another event I found is called Trek and Sketch, which includes my favorite pastimes, hiking and sketching, and, even better, it will be in the hills/ mountains in the south of France. Ahh, the perfect place to be, and a great way to enjoy it!

These will require an updating of my equipment, okay, maybe just an excuse to get some new stuff.  A new Osprey daypack comes with so many attachments that I may require assistance to make the best use of them!  Osprey backpack

And, for the very short hikes, an Eddie Bauer cross shoulder pack. Eddie Bauer shoulder bag

As I’m writing this, we are getting yet more snow, which I don’t mind, but…it will be much nicer when spring arrives.  I was excited about seeing a cardinal today, until I realized they don’t migrate, so he’s been here all winter. I need to see a robin!  Cardinal sketch