Le Soleil brille et les oiseaux chantent dans les arbes…

photograph of Amboise by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Amboise, on the Loire

Last week I was in Amboise, camping on l’lle d’Or, an island in the middle of the Loire in France.  I’d say that not many people know this but Amboise is the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.  We went to see his house and garden, but decided not to go in because there was an entrance fee of €18.50 for the visit.  In any case, he’s not buried there, he’s buried in the chapel of the Château Royal d’Amboise, pictured above.  Da Vinci took up residence in Amboise at the age of 64 and spent the last 3 years of his life there, presumably sketching or possibly dreaming up some new contraptions, the garden is dotted with full size replicas of his many inventions.

The previous week we were in Vaison la Romaine, visiting another artist, John O’Grady.  We did some plein air painting together in the Ardèche region.  O’Grady is an interesting artist whose work can be seen at http://www.johnogradypaintings.com/

Here’s one of his still life pieces below.

still life oil painting
Aubergine by John O’Grady

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