Bend in the river

This pencil sketch is of a bend in the little River Conder, through the fields near our house. I find that often the most interesting thing about drawing landscapes in pencil is trying to get the light right, in this case the strong afternoon sunlight on the field behind the trees. It helps if you half shut your eyes when you look at things. The experience was made more challenging by having to hold onto Ashby with one hand in case he ran off after the sheep.
I love this time of year. It’s light here until about 10pm. On 21st June, I went up to Silverdale with some friends to celebrate midsummer. This is a photo looking north as the last rays of sun disappear into the hills. (and my friend Owen prancing around)

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