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My Review of 2020

Review of 2020

 We are all glad to see the back of 2020 but I am pausing for a moment to reflect on some of my painting sales over the year. Sadly, my accident and having my leg in a cast meant that I couldn’t get up the steep stairs to my attic studio (or anywhere else) to paint any oil paintings for over three months but things have ticked over during 2020.

I would like to say thank you Rob and David who waited a very long time in the cold with me for the ambulance to come, to the paramedics and firebrigade who got me out of the woods, to NHS staff at Morriston who fixed my very broken leg and looked after me, as well as to the Physical Therapists who gave me lots of advice on exercises over the phone. I still have a way to go! 

I have to say an absolutely massive thank you to my brillant husband, Séamas, who trudged  up and down two flights of stairs with trays of food many times a day (and lost weight doing so) for months. He kept my spirits up when I got frustrated and tearful. It wasn’t that often as I was so glad to be home but it was all hard work for him in the midst of a pandemic! He also kept the show on the road by packing up and arranging the shipping my paintings. He was, and remains, utterly wonderful!

Here’s a selection of some of my sales from 2020

Some of my "people" paintings sold in 2020
Some of my “people” paintings sold in 2020


Some of my paintings of Wales sold in 2020
Some of my paintings of Wales sold in 2020


Some of my paintings of Ireland sold in 2020
Some of my paintings of Ireland sold in 2020


A Selection of Commission from 2020
A Selection of Commissions from 2020


My top four personal favourites of 2020
My top four personal favourites of 2020


Donegal painting of Owey Island_Emma Cownie
Owey in Late Spring – Top of my personal  favorites of 2020!


Here’s to a happier and healthier 2021 to  everyone! 



15 thoughts on “My Review of 2020

  1. Happy and Healthier New 2021, Emma!

    1. Thank you for all your great photos of birds – they are really cheering. And also for your comments!

  2. even in the midst of all these challenges, you kept it going, it truly takes a village….

    1. Yep, Beth. I was surprised by my mental toughness in the face of physical challenges. A few years ago I had a break down and burn out so I was glad that my mental toughness was pretty good, all helped by Séamas of course. I am still dealing with PTSD,I get flashbacks of the moment of the accident but again going out (carefully) with Séamas is helping with that too.

  3. I wish you a speedy recovery and lots of painting in 2021!

    1. Thank you Katherine. I am getting there slowly!! I am hoping that I will be a lot more “normal” in another 6 months but it will never be the same again!

  4. Happy New Year to YOU, Emma! Here’s to a return to health and many, many, hours of happy PAINTING!!!!! Thank you for being such a good blog friend to me, too!

    1. You are welcome, Hilda. You have always been a positive force in my blogging world too! Here’s hoping that we can all work through the challenges ahead!!

  5. That was a prodigious amount of painting and sales for one year, especially considering all the difficulties that year offered up! Congrats on getting through it so successfully. You are amazing!

    1. Thank you, I am a workaholic, Alli!

  6. I always love your paintings of the scenery and village but the people paintings are wonderful! All those characters the young and the old!

    1. Thank you, Anne. Sadly (or healthily), I haven’t really been near any people this year to inspire any new paintings!

  7. Looking forward you your new paintings Emma! You can consider 2020 your “Blue” period.

  8. They are lovely works. I especially like the landscapes, Emma. Very best wishes to you for 2021 🙂 🙂

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