The Maenhir on Bryn Y Rhyd

7 Mar

Bryn y Rhyd 1

Another site of ancient significance, a large standing stone in isolated magnificence in a field, this is the Bryn-Y-Rhyd maenhir/menhir near the village of Llanedi in Carmarthenshire. Maenhir is Welsh for long stone and this is a pretty massive specimen, towering over Dewi and Melvyn. I drew with carbon and white conte crayon onto a piece of Fabriano Accademica that I had previously drawn on in home-made walnut ink. It gives a luscious silky surface and a range of sepia tones.

Bryn y Rhyd 2

I’m travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the standing stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about the our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.


3 Responses to “The Maenhir on Bryn Y Rhyd”

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) March 8, 2016 at 09:28 #

    Splendid – really enjoying these, Rosie.


  1. The Stoneless Ring | scribblah - March 8, 2016

    […] Mynydd Pysgodlyn was really cold and I was already chilly from doing the two previous drawings at Bryn y Rhyd and Graig Fawr. This circular earthwork is about 60 feet in diameter but only a couple of feet […]

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