Scribbling Sacred Stones

19 Oct

Carreg Samson drawing

Here’s the fourth ancient burial site I drew over the weekend on my visit to ancestral graves in North Pembrokeshire. It’s a beautiful little chambered tomb called Carreg Samson, near Abercastle. The dolmen looks out across The Irish Sea from a farmer’s clifftop field in a glorious setting. It’s around 5,000 years old and is the site of over 1,000 burials and more recently a shelter for sheep.



I forgot to take a drawing board with me so I scrabbled around on my hands and knees, drawing on the grass. I drew very quickly because it was cold, blustery and uncomfortable. I drew with a piece of Daler Rowney carbon onto a piece of Fabriano Accademica paper (200 gsm) that I had marbled with oil paint mixed with English Turpentine. I like the effect that the marbling gives to these Neolithic stones.

stone and drawing

When I got up off my knees, I realised that the field had been recently occupied by cattle. The evidence was on my leggings. I suffer for my art 😡


6 Responses to “Scribbling Sacred Stones”

  1. Leonie Andrews October 20, 2015 at 22:06 #

    Alas no dolmens in Canberra, but we do have amazing granite boulders , maybe it is time to go for a bushwalk.

  2. allesistgut October 20, 2015 at 08:20 #

    Such a beautiful and expressive sketch. Here in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern we have also such dolmens, too. They are always impresive. Have a nice day!

    • Rosie Scribblah October 20, 2015 at 08:58 #

      Oh, i must check them out. I love dolmen. We walked miles in Malta last Winter to look at theirs.

  3. kestrelart October 19, 2015 at 23:45 #

    Productive weekend.

Leave a Reply to kestrelart Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: