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11 Mar


Carrying on with our search for ancient monuments, we came across this famous one on the hillside above Pontypridd. It’s The Rocking Stone, or Y Garreg Siglo in Welsh. This seems to be two massive stones laid one on top of the other, probably a glacial erratic placed by a glacier in the last Ice Age.  but certainly done by nature, not by people. It attracted the attention of poet and bard Iolo Morgannwg, who held the second modern Eisteddfod there in 1795.  The stone circle, The Gorsedd, was erected around it some time later by the bard Myfyr Morgannwg.

Rocking 2

Film maker Melvyn Williams and a archaeologist Dewi Bowen rocking on the stone

I’m travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the standing stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about the our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.


Corvids And Erratics

2 Oct

02 doolin pier

On our recent trip to Ireland, Husb and I began exploring The Burren in County Clare. We stopped at Doolin Pier to look at the slumped sedimentary rocks in the cliffs and the glacial erratics, massive rocks from far away, dunped on the ground by ancient glaciers.  As I was drawing Husb near one of the huge erratics, I noticed loads of crow-like birds trotting around all over the place. I’m not a twitcher, I could tell they were corvids but couldn’t be more specific than that. They came up really close, making a ‘clicking’ sort of clucking noise and scrounging food. When I threw them some scraps of sandwich, they stored the pieces in their lower mouth and their necks swelled up very clearly.  They completely distracted me from the landscape and I filled the paper with them instead. Like all the other birds I’ve drawn, they didn’t stop fidgeting!


I drew them into my A5 cloth-bound sketchbook with Faber castell Pitt drawing pens in various sizes. I prepared the paper with torn strips of brown wrapping paper stuck on with Pritt stick glue.

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