20 Apr



I was at Cefn Bryn on the Gower Peninsula yesterday, drawing at Arthur’s Stone – Maen Ceti in Welsh. It’s a Neolithic burial chamber surrounded by cairns, truly an ancient landscape of the dead. It’s a very popular site and I’ve drawn it many times, so it’s hard to come up with a new approach, a different angle, which is what I tried to do yesterday.

I drew with Daler Rowney artists’ soft pastels onto paper I’d prepared in advance with two layers of gesso and some of my home-made walnut ink, so there was already a great deal of abstract imagery on the surface. I kept the outline of the monument deliberately sparse, sketched lightly in white and then chose colours that matched those in the landscape to work with. The paper was already streaked horizontally with the brown walnut ink so I emphasised the horizontal stratification of the land and seascape by using the pastels in parallel with the walnut lines.

I did three drawings in all at the monument yesterday, the final one tomorrow!


6 Responses to “Stratification”

  1. Leonie Andrews April 25, 2017 at 09:40 #

    Great approach.

  2. alethakuschan April 21, 2017 at 21:10 #

    Very expressive, Rosie!

  3. Margaret Parker Brown April 20, 2017 at 23:33 #

    To walk and experience that area must be so creatively stimulating, I could easily see myself there painting and walking every day.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2017 at 10:19 #

      It’s an extraordinary place and the weather changes the atmosphere daily, if not hourly

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