Watercolor of the Château de Chambord on paper. During our visit to this incredible French monument in the heart of Sologne, I took the opportunity to paint the imposing building. A massive silhouette of white stone, adorned with countless fireplaces. The spectacular architecture of this castle was entrusted to Mansart, who also designed another building that I know well for painting it: the Château de Maisons-Laffitte.
The domain of Chambord is located in Loire-et-Cher, a natural, preserved and pampered environment, which shelters countless hectares of forests. The history of the Kings of France is truly palpable at the Château de Chambord. The centuries-old stones, which date from the time of François I, have survived the centuries and the Kings of France, the Emperor Napoleon and various politicians have all contributed to the preservation of this French Monument.
After drawing the silhouette of the castle in Indian ink as I usually do, each time I paint on the location, I colored my watercolor outline. The palette of tones is quite limited: a fairly light ocher for the details of the facade, a blue gray for the slate roofs, and a wash of soft green for the lawns of the park in the foreground.