Ian Phillips

Cadair Idris - The Giants Chair

Cadair Idris, the third highest peak in Wales, is my local hill. Even if I'm not drawing it directly, it squats in the distance exerting a pull in any picture, hinting at stories of poetry and madness. Despite that attraction I've never found the 'hook' for an exclusive Cadair series.

Until now.

I've begun a years drawing for a new series based around Cadair Idris, called "The Giants Chair", on the Winter Solstice of 21st December 2017. I've drawn the 16 points of the compass as lines radiating out from the centre point of the peak of Cadair Idris, Penygadair. Where these lines intersect paths, tracks or roads I will draw back along that directional line towards Cadair on a specific date.
The first sketch was done due North of Cadair on the Winter Solstice, December 21st looking due South. As the year progresses I will draw around the compass. East on the Spring Equinox, South on the Summer Solstice, West on the Autumn Equinox and so on, with the minor directions fitting in between. Initially only the sketches will be put on the website.