As daybreak spills the first warm, honeyed light over Cairo, Florine Asch sets out with her sketchpad, pencils, and paintbrushes. Her journey will take her thousands of years into the past, to the sites of ancient Nubia and the temples of Abu Simbel, to the ageless desert oases that impassively watch the centuries pass. The temples of Luxor and Karnak, the pyramids at Giza, the tranquil silhouette of a felucca gliding on the silky waters of the Nile-all come to life under her brush. The text, in the form of a personal travelogue, provides a lively accompaniment to the evocative sketches and collages.
This delightful, highly personal account of a storied travel destination makes the ideal gift for Egypt enthusiasts and amateur watercolorists alike.
Florine Asch, born in 1968, studied at the prestigious Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg before beginning a career as a watercolor artist. Her whimsical designs have graced items ranging from tableware to luxury note cards, and she has designed for prestigious labels such as Hermes and Fauchon. She is also the author of My Italian Sketchbook (Flammarion, 2002).