Another standing stone on our hunt for the wild megalith. We tracked this one down, along with it’s companion (blogged yesterday) in a wall around a Christian church in Ysbyty Cynfyn near Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion. It’s looks like it’s a Bronze Age site that has been Christianised. The word Ysbyty is Welsh for Hospital and it is likely that the area was once controlled by the Knights of St. John (or the Knights Hospitallers) and it’s possible that there was a hospice here, serving the pilgrims en route to St. Davids.
I drew with various conte crayons, carbon and soft pastels over Fabriano paper prepared with my own home-made walnut ink. These drawing are becoming increasingly abstracted as I focus on elements of the subject rather than doing a strict representation. The significant thing for me while I was drawing this ancient Neolithic stone is the way it is bisected by the Christian church, the wall seeming to go through it, but still it remains rooted in the ground and towers above the top of the wall.
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.