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Autumn dawn at Bradgate Park

Fallow Deer from Bradgate

Last week I demonstrated pastel drawing for the Bedworth Art Society.
They were quite a small group, but very appreciative.

I decided to draw a young Fallow deer that I saw a few years ago at Bradgate Park near Leicester.

Going there before dawn in autumn is a magical experience, with red and fallow deer all around you, seemingly oblivious to the presence of people - what an opportunity to watch them close to, with ancient oak trees and rocky outcrops in the background.

All the textures in the oak tree, rocks and bracken gave me plenty of opportunity for lots of loose mark-making.

By the end of the demonstration I still had some areas to complete, but after about an extra hour I felt fairly happy with the result.