Travel Sketches: France Part 1

{It’s been a dream of mine to actually see and visit Mont St. Michel in France.}

Bonjour mes amis!
I’ve just returned from an amazing trip with my husband to France! The art, architecture, food, landscape were all so beautiful and inspiring. I am bursting with stories and smiles from our travels (and so is my husband too). I know I can’t share it all with you, but I did want to share a few highlights.

Tiny Sketch Book
{My smallest travel sketchbook.}

I now prefer to travel with several sketchbooks and a mini watercolor set too. This allows me to do “en plein air” drawing and painting when the moment strikes me. D is so wonderful about napping or exploring on his own when I need to stay put and draw. Paris and the coast of Brittany offered so many moments of beauty. Here are a few of my mini drawings:
{We could see the top of the Eiffel Tower from our Paris apartment window.}

{Of course I had to draw the Abbey Island of Mont St. Michel—so beautiful.}

{ In the medieval down of Dinan, Brittany, D and I had a picnic down by the port. I took a moment to draw the row of building along the water.}

I’m an ocean girl. I love to see the water meet the land. The coast of Brittany both along the English Channel and the Atlantic was breathtaking.

Brittany Coastline
{Look at the teal water color! I never knew it would be this brilliant.}

D caught me sitting and painting at the peninsula point of Cap Frehel. It’s a rare opportunity when a bench is positioned perfectly to capture the view I want! The ragged coast was still gorgeous even with the wind and the clouds rolling in that afternoon.


Here is one of those watercolor sketches from that sitting:


Ahhh, just seeing these photos again makes me giddy. If you haven’t seen this part of France you really need to. There is such beauty in the world.

More soon!