This is a view from a tower in Sancerre down onto the town and out to the vineyards below and beyond. Now I have cheated with this painting. This is from a photo Grace and Tomi took from the tower at Sancerre. (Thanks Grace for sharing this) I never got to the top of the tower so I am so happy to be able see the view through their eyes.
I love the way that you look down onto the houses and you get to see the shapes of the roofs. These are not the straight roofs we get at home, but slightly wobbly, higgledy-piggledy roofs, cramped together roofs that have a much more organic feel. These contrast nicely with the smoother fields beyond and the vault of sky above.
I feel I captured the roofs well and the fields beyond, but somehow I have lost the feel of the town being much higher than the fields below, I will need to ponder what is missing or if anyone could give me a clue I would be grateful. I sure have pushed my boundaries on perspective work on this trip.