The initial text for this post has been moved to U. It’s no longer raining here, there’s Rubbish, Rowan trees and Revisited Bench Views.
As cities change and benches get moved, taken away and added my Bench Views Revisited have changed from the first series I did in 2014-2015. Before I know it I’ll be preparing for the Bench Views Take 3 or maybe I’ll call them Bench Views Third Time Lucky.
Another name for Rowan Trees are Mountain Ash. I think they’re beautiful, they have interesting bark, delicate leaves and beautiful bright red berries.The Rowan Trees by the Passport Office and Market in Peterborough UK are by two circles of benches which many people use. Often people waiting for passports, staff from nearby offices, smokers and occasionally the odd illustrator of Bench Views. It’s a favourite place for pigeons.
This illustration was drawn from one of those circles of benches which I first drew from between 2014-2015 then revisited between 2019-2020. In between each set of benches is a rubbish bin. Like the rest of town it’s hard to see when the bins are emptied because the staff are so efficient and will have been and gone before you realise it. I’ve honed my observation skills to make sure I include them more often in my drawings and am pleased to have done so in this one. It was only one person swiftly emptying the bins around me as I finished my drawing.
I got used to seeing the Rowan trees in all seasons and they looked like pretty lollipop trees breaking up the lines of the market roof and the carpark in the distance. The carpark has since been removed, the market closed and I wonder what the view will be like or if there will be any benches to draw from assuming I start again in 2024. It might take me till 2024 to finish this series but I hope not.
My theme for A to Z Blogging Challenge is my Bench Views Revisited illustrations done from benches in and around Peterborough UK which I started in September 2019. I drew No. 88 in February 2020 then lockdown hit. I restarted the series in August 2020 which meant almost half the series were drawn pre-covid lockdown and the rest of the 190 illustrations were done post COVID-19 lockdown.