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Sketches from Dordogne and Perigord, France

We just came back from visiting the Dordogne area in France. The first sketch was done in Brantôme, while we were lunching on a baguette and saucisson among the ducks next to La Dronne.

 

…lunch with the ducks…

There are many “pigeonniers”, circular or square in the Périgord and Quercy. Before 1798 it would be only the owners of plenty of land, who were fortunate enough to own pigeonniers…used for fertilizer. They were elegantly attached to houses or were loose standing and elevated to prevent humidity.

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…mon pigeonnier à Sarlat

…mon pigeonnier à Rocamadour

..colour in the streets of 8th century, Turenne…

…a monochrome view on the ruines of le chateau de Turenne…

First 4 sketches done in pen and watercolour in sketchbook, and the last sketch is done in rotring art pen and wash.

 

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13 responses

  1. these are lovely! I’ve been to the Dordogne a couple of times and this captures it so well :>)

    Sarlat is gorgeous and Domme was one of my favourite places with the fabulous views.

    June 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm

  2. lin

    BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!! I SO LOVE YOUR STYLE, Ronnel, and these paintings, especially, of an incredible window to places in France, are even more special!!! Just loe them!

    June 25, 2008 at 8:07 pm

  3. Tonniece

    Thanks for the journey. I always feel as though I am there when I read your posts and see your lovely sketches too.
    Love them all.

    June 25, 2008 at 10:13 pm

  4. These are lovely. The loose style and vibrant color work so beautifully together.
    I’m wondering what kind of sketchbook you use on your travels.

    June 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm

  5. oh, I’ve missed you! These are wonderful and I can picture you lunching with the canards!!

    June 26, 2008 at 3:34 am

  6. Simply beautiful.

    June 26, 2008 at 5:35 am

  7. Glad you’re back – with more glorious sketches so full of light and colour. I was in the Dordogne two years ago and would have liked to spend weeks or months exploring the little towns…it’s lovely to see a bit more through your pen & washes…love the pigeonniers!

    June 26, 2008 at 9:32 am

  8. Beautiful little gems of paintings, Ronell. I love your Pigeonnier a Rocamadour. You must have had a beautifully relaxing time to have produced so many gorgeous pictures. Awesome.

    June 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

  9. Ronell, your signature loose style is lovely here. Welcome back…You manage to get your splatters in just the right place.

    June 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm

  10. Beautiful work — plus, learning a little trivia on the side isn’t too bad as well!

    June 26, 2008 at 6:07 pm

  11. Beautiful, you’ve captured the Dordogne the way I remember it, with beautiful sun and color everywhere. Thanks for sharing these.

    June 27, 2008 at 11:15 am

  12. These are all wonderful! I felt like I was there with you.

    June 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

  13. These are just beautiful. I admire how you are able to retain vivid colors, while using a lot of water to achieve a loose effect. I have a hard time with that…

    June 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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