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Gatepost To The Moon

6 Aug


Sometimes ancient stones can be found in hedges and used as gateposts. We found a fine example, a really big one in a field on the hillside near Llanychaer near the north Pembrokeshire coast. There were three large standing stones, including the gatepost, the other two in the hedge and one fallen stone at the bottom of the field. The group is called Parc Y Meirw (Field of the Dead) and they align with the moon’s highest point in the sky, a phenomenon that happens every 18.6 years. Knowledge of this cycle is useful for predicting eclipses.

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I drew with conte crayon, carbon and Daler Rowney artists’ soft pastels onto Fabriano paper prepared with gesso, charcoal and my home-made walnut ink. I sat on the grass to do the drawing, it was warm and dry and I could spend some time working on it, and some jolly farm boys drove by in a tractor and called out to see my drawing. We brightened each others day.

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.



Is It A Hen?

8 Apr

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Husb and I visited a friend at her farm today and cut some bamboo canes for our allotment. It was gorgeous, sunny and warm; thirsty work. I grabbed the chance to get some sneaky digital shots of the fidgety chickens and had a bit of a scribble into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with a grey graphite stick. I’ve had a bit of practice recently with our parrot visitor, Richard the Bird, so I was more familiar with the chicken – the round eye set in a faintly dinosaur-like head. I think it’s a hen but I’m not really sure how to tell.

7 Chickens And A Piglet

12 Aug

I had a lovely day out at Swansea’s Community Farm today. I managed to steal a couple of small relatives for a day or two and took them up to the farm’s summer playscheme. They got themselves immersed in mucky farmy things and I drew. Seven chickens and a piglet, just like it says on the tin. After the very tight and focussed portrait heads of last week, I used a much freer approach with the free Markers app on my Sansung Galaxy Note 8. It’s a much freer style, but it has to be because the birds move around so much. Proper fidgets. Not so the piglet who had a warm muddy puddle to loll it 🙂 Here’s a link to the farm’s Facebook page.

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