I took the bus from Amboise to Chenenceau today, and it was stunning. Those who know me will be slightly surprised I made it past the sycamore-lined boulevard to the house. What a lovely approach! But the house was a knockout, with beautiful carvings and details and an overall gorgeous situation.
The light was just right as I got there at ten, so I painted first and then toured the house during the midday flat sun. That took quite a while, and afterwards I explored the rest of the gardens and painted lines of tulips in the cutting garden while waiting for my train.
I finishes the day having dinner in the main square below the chateau in Amboise. I keep painting the Leonardo chapel, but it's in such a stunning situation.
I haven't met many people here interested in my drawing, but a girl at the next table, Laure, was an avid artist herself and watched me work. It was fun to practice my French talking to her and her family. And lovely to have a bit of company when I'm traveling alone. I hope she keeps drawing.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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