Here’s the second drawing I did at Swansea Print Workshop’s life drawing group last night. It’s a thirty minute sketch in my large (A2 size) brown paper sketchbook using white soft pastel and black compressed charcoal. I haven’t been to life drawing for a while. I used to go regularly but my trips across the Welsh countryside to draw Neolithic stone monuments have gotten in the way since February so it was a rare treat to go along last night. Our model is an older woman; I like working with older models as their faces and bodies carry so much history. I enjoyed this pose because of the positioning of the hand in the foreground. Her hands are strong, she’s a powerful woman anyway.
I have spent the past few months travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials. Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. We are following the legendary trail of the boar hunt, y Twrch Trwyth from the Mabinogion, recording the Bronze Age ancestral stones that those ancient hunters might have encountered.
All the work I’m doing will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here.
If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.