I have been drawing ancient monuments for most of this year and no matter how many times I look at them, they always seem different. Whether it's the angle, the lighting or just my mood at the time they are infinitely variable. This stems from the richness of their history and their integral position in the landscape. I don't want to be too esoteric but they speak across millennia and the tales they tell are of a deep and abiding partnership between artists and the land we live in.
The cragginess and erosion of this one just make it more evocative of generations of lives lived, loved and lost. I can't look at it without becoming lost in thought, tinged with a slight melancholy.
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.