I spent a few days in glorious sunshine in The Lake District in Cumbria last week and I just happened to be staying a few minutes walk from Birkrigg Common where there is a lovely Neolithic double stone circle, The Druid’s Temple. Double stone circles are rare so it was a treat to be able to sit and draw at one in such wonderful conditions. It makes a change to sketch in sunshine instead of battling gales, rain and sleet! Summer finally arrived in Britain!
I worked with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and also Daler Rowney artist soft pastels The paper is Fabriano that I had prepared with several layers of gesso and then drizzled it with my own home-made walnut ink.
“The Druid’s Circle” is now available for sale in my Artfinder gallery, please click here to take a look.
Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage. 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.