Stone Circle And Lark Song

17 Mar

Back to the ancestral stones today with a brisk walk up Mynydd Llechart above Pontardawe to the Carn Llechart cairn circle. It’s been a gorgeous day, quite warm and very bright and sunny, deep blue skies with no clouds. The larks hovered and sang all around us and we met some jolly dog walkers, despite being miles away from anywhere.

Carn Llechart circle

It’s a simple circle, quite small stones but with a terrific view across the expansive land. I drew onto Fabriano Accademica paper that I had prepared with my home-made walnut ink and some white acrylic paint. I drew with carbon and white conte crayon. I just sketched in the shapes quite roughly and concentrated instead on making marks, getting into the physicality and pure pleasure of drawing with the sun on my face, surrounded by some of the best scenery in the world.

Facing north at Mynydd Llechart

Facing north at Mynydd Llechart

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 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.

Looking south at Mynydd Llechart

Looking south at Mynydd Llechart

6 Responses to “Stone Circle And Lark Song”

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) March 18, 2016 at 14:38 #

    Another wonderful drawing, Rosie. I might have to try making that walnut ink…

  2. allesistgut March 18, 2016 at 08:34 #

    Your series of ancestrals sites is absolutely awesome. And the wide landscape is great, too. It must be fun to be outside and draw in this beautiful surroundings and nice weather. After yesterdays sunshine we have a grey and wet day today. But it’ll getting better at the weekend. So let’s enjoy. 😉


  1. Birds And Burial Chamber | scribblah - March 19, 2016

    […] landscape. This is the Carn Llechart chambered tomb, just a hundred yards or so North West of the Carn Llechart cairn circle. The capstones are huge and probably deposited there by a glacier before people modified them into […]

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