Little Ecosystems

27 May


culvert 3

Travelling recently along the route of the River Tawe to it’s source in the Brecon Beacons, I accompanied two colleagues from the FIRE Laboratory unit at Swansea University. We turned off the A4067 just after the Tafarn y Garreg pub and took the road to Trecastle, looking at culverts that transported streams and tributaries under the road. Each has it’s own little ecosystem. I walked around the sites, until I felt inspired to draw. This was a fine culvert, quite long and fairly large and dark, with an intense splash of sunlit colour at the far end. I didn’t find it easy to draw moving water, especially with fairly primitive drawing materials – compressed charcoal and chalk.

culvert 3a

7 Responses to “Little Ecosystems”

  1. sheldonk2014 May 28, 2019 at 14:46 #

    Hey Rosie how are you doing anyway

  2. andrewdamien May 28, 2019 at 11:17 #


  3. Phil Cooper May 27, 2019 at 22:42 #

    I love this drawing Rosie, it’s quite mysterious and you’ve captured that splash of water wonderfully. I’m often trying to get a drawing to hover between abstraction and figuration and this drawing does it perfectly

    • Rosie Scribblah May 29, 2019 at 09:42 #

      Thanks Phil. It’s a magical place, even the culverts are. They’re Victorian and weathered so that helps


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