oil on board, 16" x 16", 2000, £65

I've never met any witches on Bluebell Hill, although I did find a local roadsign in the car boot once when I got home - I didn't put it there! The starkness of a rain-washed dolmen offering sanctuary to modern man from the elements irrespective of initial use was the focus for this image, almost a recycling theme and dedication to human resourcefulness whilst nature as depicted by the impenetrable wood has its own rules. An early composition from this series and one that was initially slightly larger - a benefit of painting on board. A simple image with a simple name, in a simple style by a simpleton.
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oil on board, 10" x 12", 2003, £NFS

Probably the first ancient monument I can remember visiting, being relatively close to where I was brought up. Rather a stark representation in keeping with the site's recent history of vandalism and impalement of idiots on the tall railings supposedly erected to protect it. These railings are now invariable buckled and even more dangerous after several car attacks. Definitely not worthy of a place in the composition.

1. The Dolmen of Kit's Coty
2. Kit's Coty House
3. Kit's Coty
4. The Countless Stones

The neolithic portal dolmen of a chambered long barrow, with the 180’ earthen barrow lost to ploughing. Stukeley showed the mound of the barrow to have been substantially reduced by 1772, and a single stone to the western end, the General’s Tombstone, was removed in 1867. The tallest stone is 8’ high and the capstone measures 13’ by 9’. Cope notes some legends attached to this site: it was built by witches from Bluebell Hill to the east and any object placed on the capstone at full moon and walked round 3 times will disappear. He also suggests that the name derives from the warrior king Catigern, who was buried here after losing to Horsa in 455CE, although the likelihood is that it is from the Celtic meaning ‘chapel in the woods’. One of several monuments in the Medway Valley.
OS: TQ.745.608 A short uphill walk along a track at a minor junction west of the A229 between the M20 and M2.

ink & pastel, A4, 2003, £35

oil on board, 18" x 14", 2003, £65

I removed the annoying modern fence which bounds this site but retained the field layout to maintain context. When I visited Little Kit's Coty last I was surprised to find the famous tree had been chainsawed and that the site was covered in sawdust, so I added a generic sapling to the image, in homage and because I sadly could not recall the species. Things are constantly evolving or simply changing, although these remnants though destroyed in form have outlasted both memory and landscape.

The jumbled remains of a long barrow, part of the Medway Barrows group. Found at the foot of the hill to the remains of Kit’s Coty House, this site was demolished in the 1700s for building materials. The 20 or so sarsens are said to be countless, although it’s a lot easier since the tree growing in the middle of them has been removed.
OS: TQ.744.604 To the south of a minor road off the A229, between the M2 and M20.

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