Drawing at the Alyscamps Arles

The midgies were biting the afternoon we went for a walk a little way out of the old town Arles to the Alyscamps. In Roman cities roads just outside a city were often lined with tombs and mausoleums as burials inside the city limits were forbidden. At Arles the Alyscamps was the main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years.

sketch at ArlesNow I know a visit to an ancient cemetery sounds a bit grim but it is basically a walk down a corridor of trees. The road is edged on both sides by sarcophagi and there are also a couple of chapels. The Alyscamps is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments group so it is worth exploring.

I stopped at one of the chapels to draw. As regular readers may spot I am using a smaller sketchbook. This is because my last travel journal, the large landscape format one is full. So this is the third notebook this trip. Anyway as I said the midges were biting and I have to admit my focus was not as good as could have been. That said I hope people enjoy seeing it.

Sharon at Alyscamps, Arles, France

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6 Responses to Drawing at the Alyscamps Arles

  1. I need to get on with some art! I’ve joined in Art Every Day Month for November, so that might help.

    Hope you’re planning to showcase all your CASS buys when you get to blogging London.=)

  2. Mert Farrell says:

    Thoroughly enjoying travelling with you, vicariously!!! Thanks to you and your husband for sharing !

  3. Bishopsmate says:

    Loving your art work and all your notes.
    When are you going to London?

  4. Rita says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey & sketches with us.

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