This is a drawing I did at Arthur’s Stone on the Gower Peninsular. It’s fast and abstracted because I love the brushstrokes of the underlying home-made walnut ink so much that I didn’t want to cover them, so I kept the linear drawing of the stones very simple to allow the background to show through. There are legends associated with Arthur’s Stone, one of the oddest is that the stone travels over Cefn Bryn at dawn to drink from a local stream. There’s a similar story about the Maen Llia stone near Ystradfellte.
The monument is a Neolithic burial chamber, one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act (1882) and it’s long association with the dead is reflected in the offerings that are often placed on it or nearby. This week I found an offering around a small stone on the periphery of the site, simple wooden crosses with regimental badges and some flowers. The tradition of acknowledging the importance of these places as a memorial to the dead continues throughout the millennia.....
Home made walnut ink, carbon and conte crayon onto Fabriano paper. Fabriano is an Italian paper mill dating from the Renaissance; many of the great masters would have used their paper.