Grumble In The Jumble

26 Feb

capstone 2 b

What influences a drawing? Lots of things; the subject, the artist’s reactions to the subject; the drawing materials; the weather. That’s right, the weather. I was so cold by the time I reached this sub-Megalithic burial chamber on Mynydd Llangynderyn that I couldn’t be bothered to faff about with my carrying tube of paper and my drawing board. So I reached into my bag for my Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbook and a piece of white conte crayon and spent a few minutes sketching this, the fourth of the ancient monuments on the mountain. It was a long but steady walk up the mountain to the highest point and then a scramble over the ridge to reach the two dolmen, side by side. Unfortunately we had to cross an area of bog to get to them and that was dire. And cold. So by the time I got to this I was pretty fed up. And hungry. And grumbling.

capstone 2 a

The chamber is in amongst a jumble of rocks, mostly fallen from the ridge above. It was very common for these earlier monuments to be constructed at the site of natural rock formations so sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate them from what nature put there. The materials and the quickness of my drawing lent itself to representing the mishmash of rocks on the site.

4 Responses to “Grumble In The Jumble”

  1. paperstew February 27, 2016 at 02:22 #

    What you captured is striking and strong. Hopefully Sparta warmed you up after such a long cold day. I’m so glad you’re doing this project!

    • Rosie Scribblah February 27, 2016 at 06:32 #

      Thanks Gale. We’re all enjoying it. Dewi published a book on the stones of South East Wales back in the 1990s and he’s been researching this one on and off for some years. It’s all within relatively easy reach, if you don’t count traipsing through freezing slurry 😁

  2. Leonie Andrews February 27, 2016 at 01:16 #

    Thanks for your perserverence! Walking in winter not always fun and I suspect that the weather in your neck of the woods is rather challenging. It’s great that you managed this sketch. I prefer the aftermath of winter walks preferably involving a good hot tub of water to soak in and a glass of sherry, in whatever sequence appears best at the time!😊

    • Rosie Scribblah February 27, 2016 at 06:28 #

      Oh yes, straight in the bath and a big bowl of homemade stew and dumplings. Don’t mind the cold, it’s the sodden ground, mud and slurry that gets me. Bog everywhere, then the cows and sheep poo in it and it turns to slurry. Ah, the countryside lol 😀

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