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Neath Valley Cottage

sketchbook showing an ink drawing of a cottage somewhere in Neath Valley

Day four’s pen sketch is another randomer’s house. I do have a habit of photographing houses that catch my eye. Now I have no idea where this actually is aside from the fact I took it while doing a circuit of the waterfalls in Neath Valley. So, with that lack of precise location, I’ve come up with the unimaginative and vague title Neath Valley Cottage.

This was a lot of fun to do. I do love rendering interesting stonework. Again, I feel my technique needs improvement. I default into starting off by drawing too precise and then when I realise I’m running out of time, I become a lot looser at which point I feel the piece loses consistency. I think as the house and grounds were so neat, it would benefit from a more time-consuming, precise rendering. One to revisit one day maybe?

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Landscape artist Chris Richards lives on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Ystradgynlais. Chris works mainly in oils, but also dabbles with acrylics, ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels.

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