Sometimes you meet people who are so nice it makes your day – or week even. We spent a couple of days last week hunting megaliths in Pembrokeshire and met some lovely people. We stopped to look for a stone in the little village of Dinas Cross in North Pembrokeshire. It was in a field next to the garage but we weren’t sure if we should go in as the gate seemed locked so Melvyn wandered into the garage and the owner came out and unlocked the gate and spent ages telling us about local stones and where to find them. Such a nice man and so keen to help us. And there were also Jon and Maria and Mike and Jeb who gave us such great hospitality while we were there. And the lady who offered to let us park in her garden when there was nowhere else to park for miles. And Jane and her travelling companions at Cerrig Y Gof. And all the nice people on the track to and from St. Elvis’ Burial Chamber. Lovely people and lovely places. I didn’t finish the drawing of the Dinas stone because we were in a hurry so I’ll finish it this week, when I have a spare moment. Chance would be a fine thing!
Since February, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, cold and stormy, hot and humid, up mountains, through slurry, mud and bog, across beaches in all weathers 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.
I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.
And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.