There is something about these stone circles that speaks to me across the millennia. Something about the transitory nature of societies and the permanence of their cultures. They are virtually all we have of the first people to inhabit these islands and when I draw them I feel connected. Taking them out of the landscape and laying them down on a flat piece of paper, hopefully means I can borrow some of the power and the permanence of these structures.
The Birkrigg stone circle (also known as the Druid's Temple or Druids' Circle) is a Bronze Age stone circle two miles south of Ulverston in the English county of Cumbria. It dates to between 1700 and 1400 BC. I drew it in the field when I visited the Lake District in August 2016.
Carbon, pastels and conte onto distressed Fabriano paper which has been overlaid with gesso, charcoal and a wash of my homemade walnut ink.