1998 Sketch at La Planay, France

Pan and ink sketch at La Planay, France, while on a walking holiday with George and Jean Winston.

It was a miserable, rainy day, looking out of our bedroom window – one of my favourite sketches which has given me so much pleasure over the years – seen in retrospect yet again 17 years after.

Such a simple structure, full of character and functional form. The viewpoint produced some awkward angles but the window was tiny and didn’t allow any variation, so the edict I was taught when I was doing measured drawings in the 1940’s had to apply – “draw what you see, not what you think you see”

It was a most enjoyable holiday, with lovely friends.

Believe it or not there were two La Planay villages only a mile or so apart – no other distinguishing names at all.