Apparelled in Celestial Light

By Emma Cownie

Apparelled in Celestial Light

This oil painting is of sun drenched Cannisland Woods in Parkmill, Gower and has been the inspiration for a number of works before.
I have taken this title from a Wordsworth poem “Apparelled in Celestial Light” from the poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” and these lines in particular:
“The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.”


  • gower
  • cannisland
  • woods
  • sun
  • parkmill
  • wordsworth
  • poem

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6 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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