The Other Side

16 May

Penmaen Burrows 3

I often draw things several times from different angles and this is around the other side of the Cotswold Severn tomb I scribbled the other day. It was also an excuse to sit down on fresh springtime grass peppered with bluebells. For over a year now, I’ve been going out with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams to find Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments linked to the tale of The Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the Mabinogion, the ancient book of Welsh legend.

Penmaen Burrows 4

This burial chamber is in Penmaen Burrows, just off the beaten track down to Three Cliffs bay.


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

4 Responses to “The Other Side”

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) May 16, 2017 at 23:48 #

    Lovely, Rosie. You achieve so much with your limited colours – so effective, so striking.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2017 at 05:30 #

      Thanks Michael. I think I benefit from the restriction, helps me to focus on what the subject actually means to me.

  2. kestrelart May 16, 2017 at 22:42 #

    I want to be brave and take just three tones with me out sketching, as you do here. I find it hard to do so. And here in Birmingham we don’t have iconic megaliths defining the landscape. Maybe I’ll try this weekend.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2017 at 05:27 #

      It’s very challenging at first to adopt a limited palette I found, but it’s second nature now. I find that it frees me up to concentrate on form and tone as colour becomes one less thing to worry about. Megaliths in Birmingham? There’s that massive one, what’s it called? The Sainsbury Building? We have our own megaliths strewn across the land 😀

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