Sketching Faringdon

The weather is gradually getting just a little more Spring-like, although still cold. With sunshine pretty much all day today I decided to venture out to the old coaching town of Faringdon, which is about 18 miles west of Oxford. This is a town that still possesses quite a bit of character and has many nice old vernacular buildings. These include some grand old pubs (the one on the right covered in scaffolding and plastic) and the Old Town Hall which rises on pillars above what must have been a rather tiny market place.

Faringdon Old Town Hall

I hadn’t intended to necessarily stop and draw, being more focused on travelling over to the nearby ancient Ridgeway. However a visit to the local bakery was pretty much a must – and sitting on a bench to eat a turnover in the sunshine presented the above view. So why not do a little drawing?

And this is how I got on – a photo below of a partial drawing

With the school run and several buses coming and going , the light gradually shifted. I think after about an hour, with the shallows definitely getting longer it was time to go. Today’s trip to the Ridgeway postponed for another day.

My finished drawing today seen below in-situ…

Faringdon & sketch

And here is a scan of this drawing…

Sketching Faringdon

So an enjoyable afternoon drawing a small part of this historic town – but with this drawing there is a lot of scope to go back and do some more – maybe a panoramic view around the Market Square..?

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