Sweyne’s Howe

14 May

Rhossili 5

The final drawing from last week’s trek across Rhossili Down to find two chambered cairns called Sweyne’s Howe. It was a long and arduous walk – I don’t know why they call it a Down when it’s so Up. I walked around the area to get a vantage point and decided to draw them from quite a distance, as part of the huge and imposing landscape which surrounds them. Maybe I’ll go back to draw them close-up, but I’ll wait until the weather cools down a bit.


I have put my series of drawings en plein air 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. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

7 Responses to “Sweyne’s Howe”

  1. anna warren portfolio May 16, 2017 at 07:03 #

    The brown paper is such a great surface, especially with the range of colours you use on it – so warm and tactile. (Very nice drawings too!)

  2. Procrastinator's Day Off May 15, 2017 at 12:02 #

    It’s all uphill down here. 😀

  3. Phil Cooper May 15, 2017 at 09:36 #

    Love the sense of scale, how those massive stones are dwarfed in the big landscape. Funnily enough my Jan asked the same thing about why the local hills are called ‘downs’ as we huffed and puffed ur way up one lol

    • Rosie Scribblah May 15, 2017 at 10:04 #

      Yes, it’s weird isn’t it? Wonder why they aren’t just called hills? It’s brilliant to see them – the largest that humans could manage for thousands of years dwarfed nonchalantly by Mother Nature 😀

      • Phil Cooper May 15, 2017 at 10:10 #

        Ha, yes, Mother Nature wins every time 😊

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