OLD MILL

Day after MOSS CREEK we went to a nearby village, looking for a small lake we were told worth visiting. But before we ever found it, we stumbled on an ancient river-mill that still works, with addition of a petite restaurant built around it. We bought some natural hand-made flour and honey and when local cats willing to play promised to keep my daughter busy enough, I heard a cacophony of objects left by the plank-wall calling me. The owner let me go at it, curious what will come out of it. After maybe an hour I was nearing the end when the rain started. We decided to visit the lake another time and kicked off, before the dusty little road that lead us there turned to mud. Back at Soko Banja, I added the final touches at the local cafe.

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As a memento of forced retreat, a raindrop left a trace on the final sketch, visible in the top left square of details.

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MOSS CREEK

Went to Soko Banja again and while hiking nearby hills I stumbled on a jewel none of the locals ever told me about before. It felt like a private piece of paradise, a miniature creek full of boulders overgrown with moss, completely secluded by forest. I installed my gear on a green-carpeted rock, filled my waterbowl from stream that kept murmuring stories in “sotto voce” and laid in the basic composition with DE ATRAMENTIS DOCUMENT BROWN in my trusty PERFECT SKETCHBOOK.

 

When I started blocking in with paint, a curious friend came in, offering a valuable piece of advice.

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But I was encompassed by cool breeze, bird songs and shadow play, reflecting how Lord Of The Rings or Game Of Thrones could have been filmed here, and kept going and going at it, making it darker and moodier in the end than the actual scene was. The fly was right.

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Excuse to go back and try again?

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LIGUGE 2015

Eh bon. Ligugé. C’etait enorme.

 

Quelle hospitalité, quelle convivialité. Peut etre meme plus a cause de vingtieme anniversaire de salon et livre special fait pour cete occasion. Tellement de petites histoires, tellement de blagues. L’occasion de revoir les amis et rencontrer les autres, de decouvrir l’atmosphere hilarant et parfois fou, de revoir Frank Giroud apres beaucoup d’annees, d’admirer les dedicaces de Walthery (qui, parmi les autres, m’a fait embrasser ce metier, surtout avec l’episode de Natacha “Treizieme apotre”), de travailler a cote de Mohamed Aouamri, Philippe Luguy, Jean-Marc Stalner, Daniel Bardet, Bruno Di Sano et les autres…

 

Et plus que ca, car grace a generosité de Jean-Louis, Francoise et Patrick, et toujours en compagnie d’ami Philippe Zytka, j’ai eu grand plaisir de faire une vraie tournee medievale et voir tellement d’endroits impressionants – le chateau de Chambord, les abbayes de Ligugé et Nouaillé, le cite medieval Chauvigny, chateau de Chinon… De plus, grace a Patrick qui a l’expertise et passion de guide professionel, j’ai eu aussi le plaisir de decouvrir Poitiers medieval vraiment en detail.

 

Je reste touché et impressioné par hospitalité et generosité de gens et beauté de patrimoine de Vienne. Grand merci a tout le monde!

 

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