Sometimes colours leap out at you. What might look soft and subdued at first glance can become more and more powerful the longer you look. The stones in the foreground seem to pull the distant mountains toward us and only the stark difference in colour defines them as separate entities. We know very little about the people who placed these ancient monuments in the landscape or why they placed them. What we do know is that the effect they have on the landscape and on us is spectacular.
Art is partly the reaction of the artist to the subject and partly the reaction of the viewer to the artwork. These ancient monuments enrich that process; being works of environmental art themselves they add another layer of meaning and depth.
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.