Priapus And Placentas

5 Apr


Back on the trail of ancient megaliths with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams, with my portable drawing board, a folder full of prepared papers and a satchel of drawing materials. We headed out to the Gower Peninsula and pitched up at this magnificent large stone near Weobley Castle. Called Samson’s Jack, or Mansel’s Jack, Dewi described it as “big and priapic” but pointed out that some of its priapic features are now hidden by a thick hedge and barbed wire fence. I found a vantage point to draw from and stepped back into something very squelchy. I’m used to squelchy because the Welsh countryside is covered in many and varied manures rendered squelchy by constant rain, but this was a new variety of squelchiness, it was sheep placenta. There was a lot of it around because the field was home to lots of heavily pregnant and birthing sheep and tiny newborn lambs. I carried on drawing. I’m not put off by squelch and did this drawing with conté crayons and Daler Rowney artist quality soft pastels.


I have put 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. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Prescelli Mountains. Elfys? Prescelli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

6 Responses to “Priapus And Placentas”

  1. Leonie Andrews April 6, 2017 at 13:50 #

    ROTFL😂 The challenges of the artist’s life!

  2. Procrastinator's Day Off April 6, 2017 at 02:28 #

    Nature in all its gory glory! Love your picture.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 6, 2017 at 15:27 #

      Oh yes, totally gory. Watching the placenta slowly descend from an ewe as she fed her new twins was quite an experience.

  3. kestrelart April 5, 2017 at 22:54 #

    Great story and I continue to enjoy this series of drawings

    • Rosie Scribblah April 6, 2017 at 15:26 #

      Thanks Neil. The little lambs were cute, I feel almost guilty eating lamb. Almost. 😀

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