La Rochelle Sketchbook
I am very excited to share with you some pages from a different sketchbook this time – not my journal, but a special “La Rochelle” sketchbook! I have been hesitant to share my work for a while, I’m not sure why, I think because I’m scared that I won’t do any more after I put some up on line. However, I actually have quite a lot to share… so here’s the first round of pages!
La Rochelle Sketchbook

I want it to be a combination of sketches, memories and scrapbook pages, as that’s the medium that suits me best really. I have kept so many of my leaflets & tickets, but I know that if I don’t start sticking them down now they’ll stay heaped into an envelope forever! This is a little take on one of the towers… which I haven’t yet been inside.

Towers on Stormy Snowy Day

I cannot let go of my painterly roots, and perhaps seeing the recent work of my dad encouraged me to pick up a paintbrush & paint a little snow-scene! I’m glad to have started adding watercolour to the book, even if the pages buckle a lot, as it really brings the little sketches to life.

La Rochelle Sketchbook

There are blank pages between many of the paintings & drawings, to add photos in between. Here I started a little scrapbooking-style fun with some vintage postcards of La Rochelle that I bought.

Painting, hidden cloister in La Rochelle
When I first started to paint, I decided not to go immediately for a painting of the towers. Instead I put together a scene I love, from the ‘Cloitre des Dames-Blanches’ in the centre of town. It was inspired by one of the panoramic photos I took on my camera, which gives it a fun perspective!
La Rochelle Sketchbook
Finally, I did some drawings before Christmas on random bits of paper… and I’m planning to start adding these in as I go. With my beloved coloured tape of course! These are all pictures from Ile-de-Re, the photos I cut out of a magazine. I hope to do lots more of the scrapbook-style pages, but I still feel such a novice at scrapbooking techniques! So much easier to me to pick up a paintbrush! So for now I’ll probably carry on going somewhere in between. I have a few more pages to share soon already. Enjoy!
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