Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Scribble Picnic - Market

I love markets and have been to some exceptional ones around the world.
It was hard find a good market scene photo to work with for today's theme.
 They were just all too busy looking - which is great for any market - but a bit 
too much for editing for Scribble Picnic!
Did have some good photos of produce though so chose this
 one, turned it into a b/w 'sketch' and added back color with 
those trusty watercolor pencils.

So, you get a glimpse of these beautiful French artichokes from
Brittany, displayed on a market stand in Carcassonne when visiting
 my brother's home just a 20 minute drive from the city. 
It was raining that day and I recall the fruits and vegetables 
 looking so fresh on their outdoor stalls

Hope you will stop by Michael's SCRIBBLE PICNIC today -
join in or just enjoy our members' art.

. . . . . and if interested here's little history on the amazing Cité de Carcassonne : via Wikipedia
Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Carcassonne is located in the Aude plain between historic trade routes, linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. Its strategic importance was quickly recognized by the Romans, who occupied its hilltop until the demise of the Western Roman Empire. In the fifth century, it was taken over by the Visigoths, who founded the city. Its strategic location led successive rulers to expand its fortifications until the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659.
Its citadel known as the Cité de Carcassonne, is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period, and was restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.[1] Consequently, Carcassonne relies heavily on tourism but also counts manufacturing and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors.


  1. Wonderful artichokes from Carcassone market Mary! I do love markets.

  2. Lovely Mary! :) Visiting a market on a rainy day...I love that image! Oh, I tried and tried to like artichokes...but never really found my love for them! Maybe if I dipped them in chocolate lol! ;) I hope your shoulder and arm heal soon, mine is my left side, luckily I'm right handed, but're right we need both arms to get things done!!! My shoulder is better, now it's the left wrist that's very painful so I have it wrapped up. Let's hope we both heal quickly!!!

  3. I must say what's not to like about this post. There is creativity, delicious artichokes, and Carcassone. I love, love all three. Plus your coloring is just perfect.

  4. Oh, you bring back memories. My mother used to fix artichokes and we would dip each leaf into lemon butter ... my mouth waters :) This is a lovely picture and your history of Carcassonne was an eye opener ... it has been so long since I attended a history class, but that doesn't excuse not learning about the history of many places. I really enjoyed this visit ... Thank You, Mary :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

    1. I haven't seen the Bangkok Market, but I Have heard about it from my son who has been there with his wife. You have to laugh when you think of what they put themselves through ... I am guessing they must make good money or it would hardly be worth it. We didn't go to Bangkok this year ... maybe the next time. There is so much to see and so much we haven't seen yet even after two visits there. I am already looking forward to going back :)



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