Midwinter Mare

1 Jan

 

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For the second night, Husb and I went out with the Mari Lwyd, trawling around pubs on North Gower with the Gower Old Horse Wassail. Midwinter celebrations date from thousands of years ago and ones involving animal skulls are common across the world. Horses were particularly important to the British Celts, a symbol of power and fertility and it’s possible that the Mari Lwyd harks back to these traditions and also incorporates elements of Wassailing.

I drew quickly, tucked away in a corner, using white, black and sanguine conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. I’d loosened up a bit by the second evening and drew with more confidence, trying to express the spirit of the event rather than focus on detail.

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

4 Responses to “Midwinter Mare”

  1. jhv57 January 2, 2017 at 03:58 #

    Very interesting history. Love the drawing.

  2. Phil Cooper January 2, 2017 at 00:20 #

    Love this sketch Rosie, it’s creepy in exactly the right way! Happy new year, all the very best for 2017 😊

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