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The School Stone Redrawn

23 Jun

Cockett Valley stone graphite


I’ve been travelling around South Wales drawing ancient stone monuments in the field but I’ve now started to look at the drawings and photos to decide how to develop them; maybe more complex drawings or mixed media pieces: etchings or linocuts? The first stage in this process for me is to do some small ‘thumbnail’ sketches from my original drawings and site photographs. These thumbnails help me get more acquainted with the subject as the field drawings are done very quickly and intuitively.

I’ve drawn with a fine graphite stick (6B) onto a small piece of heavyweight textured paper from the Tate Gallery shop that I had prepared by sponging lightly with a sepia wash. It’s a beautiful paper with deckled edges. This is the Cockett Valley Stone, found on the playing fields of a local comprehensive school.


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

Stone In A School

15 Apr

Cockett Valley stone

After the rain lifted this morning I was out with archaeologist Dewi Bowen and film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting Welsh megaliths. We stayed close to home and started out by visiting the local Dylan Thomas comprehensive school, where there is a fine Bronze Age standing stone, the Cockett Valley stone, at the far end of the playing fields. It wasn’t discovered until the end of the 1970s, when the land was being cleared for the playing fields and the stone was found under many generations growth of brambles. Staff at the school kindly provided cups of coffee before showing us to the stone. This particular monument is featured in Dewi’s first book, “Ancient Siluria, Its Stones And Ceremonial Sites” published by Llanerch Press (here).

I drew with carbon, white conte crayon and Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto Fabriano paper that I had prepared in advance with my own home-made walnut ink. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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