The Licking Stone

17 Jun

Maen Llia 2


I’ve been travelling around South Wales drawing ancestral stones since February and today I paid a return visit to Maen Llia. I loved it so much the first time that I wanted to go back and draw it again from a different angle and also to spend some time there absorbing the atmosphere. Last time I drew the stone from a distance but today I went up really close and was surprised to see that it’s made of uncharacteristic red sandstone, heavily pitted over its surface, interspersed with thick colonies of mosses and lichens. There was graffiti carved into it’s surface – from the 1860s! I walked down to the stream that it is reputed to sometimes drink from – Maen Llia translates from Welsh as ‘The Licking Stone’. It’s a magical site.


I’ve been travelling around South 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. Also with us  is film maker Melvyn Williams, recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

6 Responses to “The Licking Stone”

  1. Leonie Andrews June 19, 2016 at 06:10 #

    Love this drawing, it looks like you can see through the stone’s centre.

  2. kestrelart June 18, 2016 at 14:42 #

    Hang on Rose, this is almost, dare I say it…. Representational!

    Despite that, a really great piece 🙂

    I am going to try to see this exhibition when it happens.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 18, 2016 at 22:05 #

      Hahaha, well almost lol 😀 It’s happening in September, watch this space

  3. Phil Cooper June 18, 2016 at 00:12 #

    Fab drawing, I like the close up and I can really see why you wanted to return here Rosie, it looks amazing 😊

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