Tag Archives: Y Twrch Trwyth

Stuffed

25 May

Tonya and owl

I can only manage to get to life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop for the second half on Thursday nights so the sessions are already well under way. Tonight, I wandered in and saw that our model was flanked by two stuffed birds, an owl and a jay. It was tough drawing two different creatures side by side, the scale is so very different as well as the anatomy. But at least neither of them moved much, the model because she’s very experienced and the owl because it’s stuffed.

 

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

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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

Reconnecting

9 Oct

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Baby Boomer number 80 from the one hundred I plan to draw by the end of this year! I’m getting excited at the prospect of finishing the sketches and planning what to do with them, how to develop the next stage. It’s been wonderful talking as well as drawing. I’m reconnecting with many people from years ago, as well as meeting new ones and working with friends, colleagues and relatives.

 

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Profiled

8 Oct

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This is the 79th sitter out of my target of drawing 100 Baby Boomers before the end of the year and only the third to be drawn in profile. I really like doing this because we rarely look closely at people in profile during our everyday contacts.

 

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Cooler Boomer

6 Oct

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I’m continuing my odyssey of Baby Boomer portraits at Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street this month. This sitter is my 77th out of the planned hundred. One thing that strikes me is the Boomer’s large age group, the oldest are 70 this year and the youngest 52, ranging from those who grew up with Rock’n’Roll through the 1950s to the Punk music and culture of the 1970s. Many Boomers challenged society’s expectations and norms when they were young and many still are, refusing to conform to stereotypes of middle aged and elderly people. Which is really cool. I think so anyway.

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

Ripped Abstraction

5 Oct

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Another drawing en plein air from the summit of one of the ruined cairns of Carmel. It was precarious climbing to the top, the stones are uneven, unbalanced and wobbly and I tottered with my drawing materials in a high wind. We start off at the bottom of a hill in fine sunshine but the gusts get stronger as we climb, not easy to negotiate with a large drawing board and portfolio, but I had some help from my collaborators.

I worked onto some prepared paper that I had initially soaked until it almost disintegrated and developed tortured rips in its fabric, then I gessoed it, smeared with yellow ochre acrylic, charcoal and more gesso. I sat on the pile of stones, more uncomfortable than you can imagine even though I’m pretty well-padded, and used Daler Rowney artists’ soft oil pastels to apply thin lines and streaks of the colours I saw around me in the landscape. I became completely dissociated from reality and produced the most abstract piece of art I have ever done.

I’m continuing my journey of discovery with  Dewi  and Melvyn as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

The Ripped Land

3 Oct

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Walking and working with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams on a series of drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments, we fetched up on a hilltop near Llanfihangel Aberbythych, not far from Carmel in Carmarthenshire where there are the remains of three stone cairns, unfortunately badly mutilated by years of quarrying.

Now, cairns are piles of stones and that’s what they are. When they’ve been moved and degraded they’re not particularly imposing or interesting to draw so I sat on top of one of them, incredibly uncomfortable and more than a bit dangerous, and drew what I could see from the rocky summit. In the distance, the land is ripped by the quarry so I chose some paper which had been prepared with charcoal, gesso and walnut ink and went to work with artist-quality Daler Rowney soft pastels. The result is an abstracted and emotive study of the stratified and scarred landscape.

I’m continuing my journey of discovery with  Dewi  and Melvyn as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

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