Tag Archives: Gower Peninsula

The Last Howes

3 Jun

Sweynes Howse 5

This is the last of the drawings I did recently of Sweyne’s Howes, this is the more complete northern one. These Neolithic monuments, over 4,000 years old, are part of a lengthy series I have been drawing over the past year and a bit with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. We are tracking the Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments that lie along the trail of The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth from the book of ancient Welsh legend, The Mabinogion. Dewi is researching for his next book, I’m developing a large body of drawings and prints and Melvyn is filming it all. We’re launching an exhibition, a short film and a small booklet next month at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. More to come……..

The Northern Howes

2 Jun

Sweynes Howse 4

Here’s the second of the two ancient burial chambers I drew recently at Rhosilli on the Gower Peninsula. This is the northern Sweyne’s Howes, much more complete than the ruinous southern chamber which has been stolen over the years. These Neolithic monuments are over 4,000 years old and although named after the Viking Sweyne, who also lends his name to Swansea (Sweyne’s Ey or Island), they are considerably older than the Vikings. I am wandering South Wales with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams, studying the Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments that lie along the trail of The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth from the book of ancient Welsh legend, The Mabinogion.

Cool Places

1 Jun

I haven’t blogged for a few days because I’ve been adventuring in Berlin, just a short break with family. Cool place, had a great time and I even did some drawings. I just got back, about an hour ago and it’s 10pm so I’ll just post a quick drawing I did a couple of weeks ago, when I was last out with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams.

Sweynes Howse 3

Here’s a second sketch I did at another cool place, the Neolithic Sweyne’s Howes burial site at Rhossili,  this is the ruined southern Howse. I used black, sanguine and white conté crayons into an A4 brown paper sketchbook.

Sweynes Howse 6

 

Ruinous

24 May

Sweynes Howse 2

A warm but foggy morning wasn’t ideal for megalith hunting but off I went anyway, with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams to visit the Neolithic Sweyne’s Howes burial site at Rhossili. This is the ruinous southern Howse. I enjoyed drawing in the thick mist, so atmospheric, although it was a challenge to draw the mistiness onto the paper. I used black, sanguine and white conté crayons into an A4 brown paper sketchbook.

Neolithic Metropolis

17 May

Green Cwm 2

From the burial chamber near the magnificent beach at Three Cliffs, we headed inland to Parc le Breos to visit another Cotswold Severn tomb. It’s much more complex than most of the tombs we’ve visited, it’s quite big really, almost a metropolis and it was difficult to work out where to start my sketch. So I decided by finding the most comfortable place to sit and drawing what’s in front of me. I drew with black, white and sanguine conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook.

Green Cwm 1

 

 

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

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

On A Roll

15 May

Penmaen Burrows

We’re on a roll with the weather, getting out weekly to hunt down and draw megaliths in the South Wales landscape. For over a year now, we – prehistorian Dewi Bowen, filmmaker Melvyn Williams and me – have been on our quest 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 2

And so we found our way to this Cotswold Severn tomb at Penmaen Burrows, just off the main path down to Three Cliffs Bay. An idyllic place, nestled in the dunes sprinkled with bluebells sparkling in the strong Spring sunshine. It will probably be overgrown and hard to find later in the summer.

 

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

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

A Magnificent Beast

13 May

Rhossili 4

Wandering across The Gower Peninsula hunting megaliths, we encountered this magnificent beast in a field in Knelston, also known as the Burry standing stone. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayon, drawing en plein air into my A4 brown Kraft paper sketchbook. The bear’s paw holding the sketchbook is one of my Xmas furry fingerless gloves which are dead useful for sketching on chilly days, a most useful prezzy from my sister.

 

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

Old School Panorama

11 May

Rhossili 3

And here’s the third drawing I did from Cefn Bryn en plein air last week, while I was tramping the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape of The Gower Peninsula with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. The three drawings form a panoramic view, which is how they were done before digital cameras and smartphones.

 

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

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