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On Midsummer’s Eve

20 Jun



One lovely thing about having visitors is that we get to take people around the great places locally; it’s easy to be complacent about your home and take it for granted. It’s good to see your locality through the eyes of others. Today I took my friend down to Rhossili Bay at the furthest point of the Gower Peninsula. Using Dewi Bowen’s archaeology book as a guide, we climbed up over Rhossili Downs to find ancient stones. Despite the gorgeous Midsummer sunshine, there was a brisk wind which made it difficult to draw. I settled into the heather at the top of the Downs, just past the Trig Point, with the three jagged points of a ruined burial chamber (one of the group called Sweyne’s Howes) in the foreground and the Worm’s Head seeming to swim out to sea in the background. It’s an absolutely glorious location; Rhossili is one of the top 10 beaches in the world and the ancestors sussed it about 5,000 years ago. I drew onto prepared Fabriano Accademica paper with Daler-Rowney artist’s soft pastels.


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.

A week of vigils…

20 Jun

Another local artist has been drawing at vigils this week. So sad that these dreadful things happen ……


In remembrance of the 49 who died in Orlando, 200 people gathered in Swansea’s Castle Square to light candles and sing ( ‘Something Inside So Strong’by Labi Siffre). I have started to do a simple sketch or two at each action I attend; in this case I drew the last person to leave the vigil. He was a student who patiently kept on lighting the candles on the steps:


A day later I was in the Square again, this time with only a handful of people (it was very short notice) and for only a short time. Long enough to listen to Stephen Kinnock pay tribute to Jo Cox’s many achievements (including having persuaded the PM to accept 3,000 child refugees from Syria recently):

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The people of Swansea will continue to side with the oppressed,  marginalised and in this case, martyred. We may be only a small axe but we deliver a resounding’no pasaran’ to…

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