This November has seen the rain fall incessantly, day after day after day. I think we had only had the odd day of sunshine all month.
This painting is of one of those days. The rain had been so heavy that it appears to have darkened the colours of the mulched leaves on the floor of these woods.
The copper is darker than usual under the prolonged weighty effects of rainfall.
This is contrasts to the lightness of colours of the trees and plants growing in the back ground which look fluffy as if they have just dried off after the wet unrelenting showers of rain.
I liked the contrast between the heavy, darkened colours in the foreground and the light colours and form in the sun lit distance, as almost as if the colours in the background are celebrating the newly emerged sun light.
About the artist
Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff, I am a self-taught artist who lives in Swansea. I love light and colour. In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions. I use oil on linen canvas mainly. I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since. I particularly love the natural world, animals and landscapes. I am also drawn to empty places like churchyards, woods and hills. When I paint in oils I usually paint the light first and then layer the shadows and mid-tones. I try and make my colours bold and bright but as realistic as possible. I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.see "The Sparing November Sun" on Emma Cownie's website
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