Spring is my favorite time of year in France. I thought I would share a sketch I did in the Spring of my last year living in Paris, on a visit to Chartres. We had just finished the day site seeing at the Cathedral and sat in the little park just behind it during the magic hour time of the day when the light is golden. This is the back side of the Cathedral, done with ink pen and watercolor. A wonderful moment frozen in time.
Chartres Cathedral is on the Unesco World Heritage List. It is a perfect example of French Gothic Architecture. Construction started in 1145 and continuedover a 26 year period after the fire of 1194. It is in an unbelievable state of preservation with the majority of the original stained glass windows intact and only a few minor changes architecturally since the early 13th century.