Dressed for the New Year

These wood models have been beckoning me to dress them for the New Year. 
Left: Adorned with a striped ribbon top, gold ribbon belt and multi-layered skirt of sheer paper, flecked with gold. 
Right: In the British tradition, a hat, or fascinator in this case, is the finishing touch. Top is tailored sheer paper contrasting with a skirt of abundant strips of twisting, shimmering green ribbon, with a matching ribbon bracelet. 
With a nod to stability, no stilettos!

Imagine Cyndi Lauper singing her anthem: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!ā€ 

Church at Azay le Rideau

Back home from France, Iā€™m going through my sketchbook:

The castle at Azay le Rideau, was closed, but from the grounds of the gift shop, I had this view of the neighboring church. There was just enough time to do this quick pen sketch. I intended to add watercolor later, but decided it was fine with just a bit of green hedge. 

Chartres Cathedral

I had long wanted to see the famous stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral. The windows, even more than I expected, were just part of what I saw: Windows almost beyond number, statues of saints known and unknown; and the on- going cleaning to remove 600+ years of grime…a tedious project, no simple pressure wash job! Note the clean-dirty contrast on photo #3

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