On Midsummer’s Eve

20 Jun

Rhossili

 

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.

7 Responses to “On Midsummer’s Eve”

  1. allesistgut June 21, 2016 at 07:31 #

    What a lovely sketch. I like the different patterns. Have a lovely day! 😀

  2. Leonie Andrews June 20, 2016 at 23:50 #

    That is so true about those good beaches. If you find a good spot to sit overlooking an Australian beach then you will almost certainly be sitting on top of a shell midden left by Aboriginal Australians! ‘Always were here always will be.’

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2016 at 10:03 #

      Oh yes, there’s a reason they’re so attractive to us ….

  3. alethakuschan June 20, 2016 at 23:24 #

    Even the place names sound like poetry. They sound ancient.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2016 at 10:07 #

      They are indeed ancient. Welsh is the oldest living language in Europe and about 2,000 years old but some place names predate even this 😀

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