The second stone circle at Y Pigwyn on Mynydd Bach Trecastell is a lot more complete than the first, with almost all its stones still in place, although they’re not very big. We took young Nephew with us, he’s a country lad and used to the rough terrain, he found a sheep’s skull, a ram’s horn and balanced on one leg on one of the stones in the circle. I drew quickly because it was cold and we weren’t sure how long the sunny interval after the gales and hail would last. I became aware how much this series of drawings has been influenced by the environmental conditions surrounding me. Many of them have had to be done quickly and the materials I have used to draw them have had to function in some pretty severe weather. I might produce something different if I return to these sites in the summer.
The views from Y Pigwyn are spectacular, even in the appalling weather. It’s fascinating watching the weather systems churning across the vast landscape.
There was a lovely old stone wall at the bottom of the field with sheep and newborn lambs behind the wire fence.
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 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 currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.