This is an oil painting of a lovely straight-pined wood in Gower, in the valley of Ilston Cwm, which is a inspiration for much of my landscape work. Locals often call this wood Cannisland Woods.
The colours produced throughout the year in this wood illuminated by the changing light of time, season and weather is quite astounding. Even on a dank, grey wet day there are numerous rich colours, purple pinks, coppers, lead jades among many others. These pines are wrapped in climbing ivy which shines like a precious blue in the sun light.
The pine needles also carpet the floor of the wood and make in eerily quiet which adds to it’s rainbowed, magical mystic.
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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 "Sunlit Woods" on Emma Cownie's website
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