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Sketching by Chinon Cidadel from the Couly-Dutheil Winery, part 10

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May 30: Lifting a glass or two to the Chinon Cidadel

>> I'm walking much better, but still cannot stand for long periods or climb hills or stairs, especially medieval ones. For that reason, Phil visited the Chinon Cidadel, while I sketched from across the street at the Couly-Dutheil Winery Store, winemakers of fine Chinon wines.

Here's a glimps of the area:

A little over ten years ago, I visited Chinon with a group of friends, and besides seeing the cidadel ruins, we spent quality time at the Couly-Dutheil Winery Store tasting and buying their Chinon wines. I especially remember an outside sitting area that I thought I could use today.

Unfortunately, times changed and there was not a chair on their patio. I politely asked (begged and pleaded) if I could sit outside while my husband tromped through the castle. I explained (with puppy eyes) that I couldn't walk that far and would really appreciate it if I could stay, and when ready to go, would buy a few bottles.

The clerk not only took pity on me, she allowed me to stay and gave me the first of two samples. (Puppy eyes work...)

This time, instead of sketching the distant castle, I sketched the wine bottles. Here's the setup:

I spent about an hour on the sketch as this was the first time I ever tried drawing a glass, let alone wine bottles. Note that after looking at this sketch photographically, I can see where I introduced several distortions, however, that is besides the point for this story.

When the wine clerk came out to see how I was, I showed her the sketch and she enthusiastically loved it. Now, whether she is one of the best actresses in the world, I don't know, but her acceptance of my sketch made me feel great! So I offered it to her, and she accepted.

In addition to feeling good about my artistic contribution, two glasses of wine did help, as did the two bottles I purchased upon leaving.

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Article series by Karen Little for www.Littleviews.com. Photos by Karen and Phil Little. Series began on May 13, 2015. All rights reserved.

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