Picture Profile: 1905 Ye Olde Village Pond

Ye Olde Village Pond. An Illustration from the book entitled “Drying Up” in the River Friend Series

NFS. Artist Code 1905. Ye Olde Village Pond. Completed 9th June 2019. Original water colour and pen and ink on Aquarelle Arches 100% cotton rag 140lb paper

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I am still working on the illustrations for the series of River Friend books and this little water colour and pen and ink picture shows an old type of village pond where people meet and animals and travellers come to drink. Each village and hamlet would have had a pond of some sort.  The title of the book is DRYING UP: River of Life, River of Death, being the first Book of the River Friend series. It covers the processes and consequences of a river “drying up”. Rivers are fascinating. Lots of things about them are fascinating: their plants, their water, their banks…and the use and management by people.

What is the worst that can happen to a river? That it vanishes, and all its life vanishes with it: the people, the plants, the animals—not just the fish, but the crops, the cattle, the forests, the everything. All are made mostly of water. Look around—what is in that leaf, that spider, that deer, that petal?—WATER! And although many animals and (mostly tiny) plants live in the sea in salt water, it is the freshwater in the land, derived from rain, which supports us and our natural resources.

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