I have been away on my European holiday for a while now and it feels like I have been travelling for a long time which is a very very good thing.
I haven’t sketched as much as I thought whilst travelling because Count and I have been walking and sight seeing and eating and experiencing.
Soaking up the art and culture of Europe especially in Paris where I visited Louvre and Musee D’Orsay were inspiring. The museums aren’t the only source of inspiration it seems – the historic buildings, what people wear and the European lifestyle are so different from what I know in Japan and Australia- it is perplexes me, amazed and makes me think in a new way.
The above sketch is what I quickly drew on the way from Paris to Epernay. We woke up really early to catch the Eurostar from London to Paris where we were planning a smooth transfer to Epernay. The pre-purchased tickets were somehow denied and with the first language difficulty experienced in my travel I was in a sheer panic.
In the end from a fear of missing the train we purchased 2 tickets to Epernay and made it just in time by running to the train lugging all our luggage.
So no wonder Count were in a deep sleep in the train cabin!
My sister gave me a travel journal that have lots of space to sketch so this is where I have been mostly drawing.
This quick sketch from below is what we had for our dinner on the first night in Epernay.
We collected various regional goodies – champagne, cheese, baguette, salami and veges for a room-picnic by the bay.
With a few more days of holiday left I look forward to each day and slightly dread the long flight back home to my ordinary life. However at the same time I often think and look forward to when I settle back home and start painting my experience from my holiday.
I guess whether on holiday or being at home is a good thing!
Cheers to letting go,