I altered the scene a bit. The peninsula was actually bigger and had no reeds, also the background was houses. I was interrupted by a bit of a rain storm, I swear I don't remember seeing rain in the forecast. There were a lot of geese by the pond so I decided to take advantage and fill a page with quick pen goose gesture studies;
Then I headed over to the Parkway which is essentially just across the street from the park this pond is in to seek out another tree to sketch and found this one;
I took some liberties with this scene as well. The fence that was actually there was made from lumber and was much more straight. The background field is actually a road and a house beyond that. One thing I learned while doing this sketch is that this tree, being dome shaped got lighter as you got closer to the top, that's not true of all trees since most of them still have portions that are largely vertical even near the top. Just as I finished this sketch the rain clouds made another appearance, I just escaped getting soaked again. I think both of these tree sketches have potential as paintings.
I used to often share photos in this blog and realized that I haven't done that in a while so here are some photos I took today of some of our fair feathered friends..
A goose strutting proudly next to the pond;
A mother duck and her ducklings;
A quail trying to stay out of sight;