Towards The Old Rectory

This stunning view is of Rhossili Bay, in Gower Peninsula, Wales, constantly voted one of the most beautiful in the UK and Europe. The house in the distance is a former rectory, now luxury holiday home. I loved this painting because of the colours mainly.
Rhosilli Bay is famous for the rusty, red-brown colour of the burnt-crisp heather on the hills sliding down to the beach but in this image the hills were a deep brilliant blue for a change.
It was this novelty in the colouring that attracted my attention and made me wanted to paint this view.

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50 x 40 cm
oil painting
1 Month 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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