~ Sometimes they would go to the VACANT lot to feed the ducks. But when the bag of bread was VACANT the ducks would become impatient. Because Ethan was so much smaller than Jennie he would cling to her for support and protection. All would end well when the ducks grabbed the bread that fell instead of the tender fingers that had tried to feed them.
PS~ I am aware that this is a stretch of the subject, but I have been working on this one illustration for several days, and wanted it to 'fit.' It is the fifth version of a much earlier work. Sometimes when you think you have a good image and look at it a year later you can see a new way to create the mood. That is what happened with my old "duckpond" illustration. I think I may have it where I want it, but who knows it may resurface again at some point.
So.... Kate asked about the original. This is it. It was okay, but I wanted to feature the children a bit more and create an Asian influence.
First I resketched the children and made them larger than in the first illustration.
Next I completely changed the background. I wanted it to be more parklike and even though I did try it with a city scape in the distance I liked the final version better.