Preparation And Plein Air

10 Feb


Here’s another view of Maen Bradwen, or Carreg Bica on Mynydd Drummau Mountain in Neath Port Talbot. It’s a massive stone and local legend has it that it bathes in the River Neath on Easter morning. I drew this fairly quickly with Daler Rowney soft pastels onto Fabriano paper that had been prepared with two layers of white acrylic gesso, then rubbed with compressed charcoal, then overpainted in parts with gesso again and finally I dribbled white acrylic paint from one edge. The preparation of the background took much longer than the drawing en plein air.


I’m travelling across South Wales with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. Dewi is researching his new book, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’, based on the premise that the ancient Welsh legend, The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, can be tracked across the sites of Neolithic monuments throughout the South Wales landscape and Melvyn is making a film of our journey. Here’s a short one he did late last year…..


I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

6 Responses to “Preparation And Plein Air”

  1. artsofmay February 12, 2017 at 20:51 #

    Thanks for the video. It adds another dimension to the work you’re doing.

  2. kestrelart February 11, 2017 at 15:52 #

    I love this.

    • Rosie Scribblah February 12, 2017 at 11:40 #

      Thanks Neil. I am never sure how they’re going to turn out when I get them out into the field.

      • kestrelart February 12, 2017 at 11:42 #

        Of course. I guess that’s half the fun.


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