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A few years of theme and variations on Chinese Lantern plant. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Cover for a portfolio of Parisian sketches, about 6” x 8” This was a gift for friends who liked my sketches of their Parisian flat where we had stayed. Open, with pockets for prints of sketches Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Back home from France, I’m going through my sketchbook: The castle at Azay le Rideau, was closed, but from the grounds of the gift shop, I had this view of the neighboring church. There was just enough time to do this quick pen sketch. I intended to add watercolor later,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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With a little color added! Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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I had long wanted to see the famous stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral. The windows, even more than I expected, were just part of what I saw: Windows almost beyond number, statues of saints known and unknown; and the on- going cleaning to remove 600+ years of grime…a tedious... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Paused before cycling across this bridge across La Maine. 108 US soldiers died here, August 8, 1944, freeing the city of Angers. Fitting for Memorial Day. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Along a quiet bike path is The Lenin Cafe. We had intended to lunch here, but, alas, The Lenin keeps erratic hours. Why this name? The cafe owner's daughter wrote her dissertation on Lenin. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Getting settled in my Paris apartment: Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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It was a muggy, hot day in Chinon, when our leader Jane scheduled a wine tour for us before dinner. The tour was in a cave, tunneled under the Chinon castle. I posted a painting of the castle a few days ago. The coolness of the cave was balm to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Our cycle group spent two days in Chinon. Some did more cycling, some hung out and one of us was in art heaven with a free day to paint! The bush and climbing roses are in full bloom, along fences, climbing up old walls. There is a lovely pink rose... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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This was the longest bike ride of the trip, 75k finishing with a switchback climb into the town of Champtoceaux. The next morning, a quiet Sunday, I woke early and walked the short distance to see this castle. I had been sitting all alone on the curb working on the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Our first group dinner, with the bicycle club I'm traveling with, was at Chateau Beaullieu, Tours. Everything had enticing eye-appeal: The table beautifully set, food presented artfully, every plate carefully positioned before us. The great care taken with everything indicated this was a meal to savor. Note the hand blown... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Stopping along the road at this cafe, enjoying the ambience? Sent from my Mini Marvel iPad Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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Spent yesterday seeing the sights in Chinon Went to the castle/fortress above the town with a couple friends in our group. They left and I stayed to paint. Paintings of main gate and then a pile of rock ruins. With a little more time left. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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My much-used travel paint set. Closed it measures 3" x 5" Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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First page of journal. End papers are maps France and the Loire Valley Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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My new journal, made specifically for this trip. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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My first touring bike, Trek 400, often loaded with panniers and handlebar bag, 2 water bottles, everything we needed for a month. It's surprising how little we really need. There is a big difference between need and want. This French trip is easy. We have a van to carry everything... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
For my fellow cyclists, artists and friends, join my journey! A new travel experience and a new learning curve entering the blogosphere! Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Claire Russell in France
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May 5, 2017