Ilston Quarry Ford

The second oil painting in a series of three or a triptych of painting which paint the rustic gate overlooking the beautiful ford at Ilston in Gower Pensinusla. The gate leads up a rocky path to a disused quarry.
In this second painting I loved the cool blues of the gushing water compared to the warm greeny oranges in the background. I like this juxtaposition and the teeming crashing movement in contrast to the country peacefulness of the rest of this rustic scene, the straight urgent lines compared to the wistful sun catching curves of the trees behind.


  • landscape
  • gower
  • ilston
  • trees
  • river
  • ford

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92 x 72 cm
oil painting
8 Months ago

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Emma Cownie

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.


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