The Ford at Ilston

The lovely ford at the gates to the disused Ilston quarry is very picturesque whatever the season. In summer the sun peeping through the trees colour dapples the browny river in a kaleidoscope of colours from deep jeweled blues to sparkling golds.
In this painting I have tried to catch some of these colours as well as the violent rush of water down the ford, after the floods of November through to January had swollen the river and dramatically increased the velocity of it’s crashing flow.
I loved the effect of the water teaming around the corner too and onto the rocks and stones, their colours almost combining in the crashing.
I loved the violent movement in contrast to the country peacefulness of the rest of this rustic scene.


  • the
  • lovely
  • ford
  • at
  • gates
  • to
  • disused
  • ilston
  • quarry
  • is
  • very
  • picturesque
  • whatever
  • season
  • in
  • summer
  • sun
  • peeping
  • through
  • trees

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96 x 77 cm
oil painting
5 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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