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Backstage at Noah’s Yard

Let’s catch up…in the next days and weeks I will be posting on some of what I have been doing in the last few months of my blogsite inactivity…

The following painting, now sold, was painted for Noah’s yard solo exhibition in December 2015. Back Stage  At Noah’s Yard.

“This expressionist oil painting has taken some inspiration from Degas and his paintings from the perspective of being back stage, waiting in the wings and observing the performers, usually dancers in his case, onstage.
The question here is who is onstage? The musicians in the far distance? The people being served drinks who out to play for the evening or the lovely barmaid serving the drinks? And who is backstage for that matter? The barmaid again or the creator of this image or you, looking at this created image?Perhaps we are all backstage and onstage as someone was no doubt “backstage” watching me catch all this too?

Back Stage at Noah's
Back Stage at Noah’s
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Go Phew! with a Brew – an Interior painting

An expressionist “urban folk” oil painting of a gentleman taking “time out” and a hot beverage. The warm orangy-brown and wood and brickwork contrast with the blue, hard surfaces of the road, street and passing cars. The warm, calm and relaxation with the busy, bustling city street scene outside the protecting window. Go phew with a brew.


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Light Coloured Pinewood – a Gower painting

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Light Coloured Pinewood

New painting – “Light Coloured Pinewood” (SOLD)

This “refractionist”, expressionist oil painting is of Cannisland Woods in Gower Peninsula, heading towards Parkmill. It is Spring and the bright clear light penetrates deep into the Ivy-wrapped pinewood to illuminate a kaleidoscope of colours barely visible from outside the wood. This is the joy of these woods; how they become draped in such beautiful colours when the light gets breaks through. What looks, at first, dark and dank, is transformed into a joyous medley of colour in seconds.

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Weighing it Up

A new oil painting – “Weighing it Up” – down Cardiff market. This Hopperesque painting is of the fish market at the Hayes entrance to Cardiff Market. I have always loved the glaring artificial light above this fish stall. It creates some lovely colours and a pleasing depth of field. The fishmonger weighs his goods while the customer deliberates on what to have next, hence the tile “Weighing it Up”

Weighing it Up

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Ice cream with Nan and Bampi

A new oil painting – 40 x 50cm – “Ice cream with Nan and Bampi” – this people portrait is a snapshot of life in Brynmill, Swansea where I live. This is a refreshments kiosk in the picturesque Brynmill Park where we can see two grandparents, after the school run, treating their grand child to an afternoon ice cream.

I love the colours in the painting, they remind me of the bright bold colours of Ladybird books from my childhood. I am especially proud of the movement in the figures I think I managed to achieve; the caring consideration towards the grandchild illustrated in the movement of the grand parents. Bampi is a slang name in South Wales for Grandad.



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Brynmill from Swansea Beach

“Brynmill from Swansea Beach” is a new painting of the area of Brynmill in Swansea, “from the beach” – it is not actually from the beach as such as the image that inspired this painting was shot from Swansea Marina using a telescopic lens.

At the top of the hill is Brynmill Primary School, with the Patti Pavilion in the foreground. I love how the terraced houses perched on hills, a Welsh motif, slide down to the beach. It is as if the cwtched houses are all sunbathing and happy to be at the seaside.


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North Facing Light

Although Spring has sprung I am still painting in my attic studio, too cold to be in the outside cabin studio.
My skylight is north facing which is the best light for painting as one gets a good constant light all day. In the evening I supplant whatever existing day light there is by switching on the “day lights” seen in this photo so that I can get a few more hours work in the evening.

I do however prefer to paint in the day and usually use evening for prep work or to outline the painting to be painted the next day. I like to leave a painting primed for painting the next day as I am a morning person and like to get stuck in early as possible in the morning, usually around 6.30am.

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Some Testimonials

Here are a number of testimonials I have received from previous artlovers who have bought  my artwork.


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Artwork icon Refracted Light

 An excellent limited print. Just had it framed which really sets it off.

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JA, Woodbridge, 14-Nov-2014

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 Fantastic piece, superb colours and it has a real presence, going to be much enjoyed for many years! Thanks

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JG, Cork, 2-Jun-2014


Positive Positive Positive Positive Positive  Superb. This artist has received the highest accolade ArtGallery can bestow – they are considered a superb artist both through feedback from customers and from ArtGallery’s own relationship with the artist. Our customers are delighted with this artist’s work and their ability to deliver on time. ArtGallery has had many positive experiences with this artist and is delighted to recommend them very highly.


Customer name: Henrietta Hunter
Order date: Jan. 31, 2015
Order number: #17798

“Smoke across Dyffryn Crawnon” by Emma Cownie
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Buying the most expensive painting I have got so far was made much easier by the help offered by Emma. Service, delivery, info and even a follow up made every step a delight. Every time I pass this painting I can’t help smiling

Customer name: Veronika Archibald
Order date: Jan. 20, 2015
Order number: #17378

Perpetual Light

Perpetual Light by Emma Cownie
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Down Cwmdonkin by Emma Cownie
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Brandy Cove Stile by Emma Cownie
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Refracted Light

Refracted Light by Emma Cownie
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Very happy with my purchases.

Customer name: John Fetcho
Order date: Dec. 30, 2014
Order number: #16468

Inner Lit

Inner Lit by Emma Cownie
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No issues with this artist. I would do business with her again.

Customer name: karen scanlon
Order date: Feb. 1, 2015
Order number: #17818

Rocky Robin by Emma Cownie
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received the painting in a very short space of time I adore the painting, very positive experience purchasing from Emma

Customer name: Royston Gazzard
Order date: Dec. 27, 2014
Order number: #16360

Geraint the Gower Bull by Emma Cownie
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Over all very pleased with painting and delivery

Other Personal Comments From Artlovers on Artfinder
Golden Bull
“Geraint the Gower Bull “looks great on my wall” Royston, Gloucester, England, UK – 8th January 2015

Dear Emma,

I thought I would let you know that my husband gave me your picture for Christmas. I adore it, and it looks totally fabulous hanging in our kitchen. Thank you for producing such an amazing piece of art,

Yours Sincerely,


26 Dec 2014, 11:07 a.m.



I am really looking forward to having the painting.

Once we found your work, it was hard to choose. I loved some of the landscapes (we lived in the UK for a couple of years and I am a sucker British countryside – so different from Australia) and the couple of ‘bridge’ ones were captivating too. But I just kept coming back to A Summered Garden because of the way the light plays on the leaves and because of the depth of colour.

I have already shown off your work to some friends and will continue to!
Many thanks
Mia, 10 Nov 2014, 10:12 p.m.

I wanted to let you know that we got the painting and it is spectacular. We were going to put it in our bedroom above our bed but in fact we realised it would be wasted there a bit. We put it in our lounge/family room which is open and sunny and looks out onto our garden. It is just perfect there. We haven’t got it framed yet but it is just beautiful still.
Even my 7 year old son thinks it is amazing.

I am so glad you could ship it and I am so glad we chose that painting.

Thanks again Mia,

27 Nov 2014, 9:40 p.m.

Hi Emma

Sorry its taken me so long to get in touch. I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful painting. It takes pride of place in our front room. We all love it, even my 5 and 7 year old daughters.

Best wishes


9th Oct 2014 7.56 am


Hello, I’ve just this moment purchased 3 of your prints and just wanted to say how wonderful I think your artworks are, just glorious. I wish I had the funds to purchase an original …maybe one day I’ll be in that position. In the mean time, I have added you to my favourites on Art Finder and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations. All the very best, Gill .

24 Sept, 2014 12.15 pm  



Thank you so much for the speedy delivery. I loved this work so much that I immediately got online and ordered another one. The quality of the print is amazing and the colours are beautiful. I cannot wait to have them framed and hung.

Kindest Regards

23 Jul 2014, 10.56 pm

Hello Emma, thank you for “The Bench”. The picture is excellent. I love the bright colours and the way it leads off into the woods. I have put it in a bedroom on a pale green wall with orange bits (cushions etc) and it looks fantastic. I have not framed it. Best wishes, Michael.
2 Jul 2014, 2 p.m.
Hi Emma,

Thank you so much for my prints, they are stunning.

I hope you don’t mind me asking but do you have any recommendations from framing? Type of mount and frame?

I want to make sure the frame does them justice!

All the best


23 Jun 2014, 8:54 p.m.

inner light
Thank you. I absolutely love it. It’s beautiful and takes my breath away every time I glance at it. Your work is lovely. I hope to buy another of your works in time, Alexandra.
17 May 2014, 10.38am
singing ringing tree
Thank you so much for arranging the shipment so quickly. I am very excited and cannot wait to receive the painting. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.Thank you
Lyn. 14 May 2014, 8:34 p.m.Hi Emma, My painting arrived today and I am delighted. It is beautiful, it will be loved and cherished.Thank you so much Lyn16 May 2014, 7:46 p.m…. and your work is amazing.Every time I look at it I smile, You really are shipping pure joy and happiness, thank you.16 May 2014, 7:46 p.m.moo!
Dear Emma Thanks for sending MOo. It was just what I was looking for, I love it. Thanks Mairwen  04 2 May 2014,
up cwmdonkin
Thanks for your message Emma. I really like your work – this is the second piece I have bought of yours. The first (Down Cwmdonkin) is beautiful and hanging in my sitting room.
Brandy Cove Stil
I look forward to having Brandy Cove Stile (which reminds me very much of the walks I took as a child) too. Both feeds my love of woods. Your colours are superb.
1 May 2014, 3:49 p.m.

fauvist wood

Thank you, Emma, I’m looking forward to hanging it on my wall. I love your paintings! Happy New 2014. Heather.

4 Jan 2014, 11:29 p.m.

windswept trees

Thank you so much. It has arrived and I love it. Took it to the framer’s today (but they were shut!!!). i’m looking forward to putting it up on the wall.
Thanks again


16 Oct 2013, 4:24 p.m.


Cornish Harbour 1


cornish harbour 2


Now your style struck me straight to the heart. And I said to myself “if I were a painter – that is how I would like to paint”. So that is what brought me to you.

I look forward so much to receiving the paintings and thank you so much for your wonderful thoughtfulness.Do You ever take on students for a crash course in your technique?

With best wishes,


19 Jul 2013, 9:07 p.m.


beech by the brook
Oh Emma, it’s amazing !! Can’t eulogise as much as I’d like …anyway will post to fb and your timeline this evening. I love it !!!
01/01/2015 9.10 a.m.


Oh my word!!!! Rooster just arrived and he is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Brilliant!!!!! I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!

The cooling glade
 Ah yes, it really shows through in your work. The light in the distance… It’s why I fell in love with your art and this painting in particular. That it reminds me of two different but still very special places was probably what clinched it (I spent the weekend, after I picked up your card at the Uplands fair, trying to decide which of the 8 paintings I’d short listed I should buy). It’s also spurred me to start painting again. So thank you!
I brought the painting home last night and unwrapped it. It is magnificent! I spent the evening admiring how it changed with the changing light. Lovely.
green umbrella
Hi Emma, pic has arrived,it’s lovely! Thankyou! I will send you a photo when it’s framed.
Leigh Anne,
Emma Cownie Artist
after the wild beasts
Dear Emma I just wanted to inform you that “After the Wild Beasts” has reached our address in excellent condition. The colour palette is gorgeous. The painting has a life of its own. I can’t wait to frame it and put it on display.
21 September 2014 12:42
Hi Emma, picture is finally framed and on the wall. Jane loves it! Thanks again, Gareth
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All Happed Up for the Road

Delighted to say I have just SOLD this lovely oil painting “Happed Up” of an old gentleman walking down the street in Carmarthen, catching the bright warming, descending sun on his face. I just loved the gentle warm colours on this sheep skin jacket and the inky blue of the door and the flaky, powdery colours of the damp wall behind. The title “Happed Up” is an Northern Irish expression meaning to dress up warm against the cold. Although the winter sun gives the impression of being warm, there was a nippy bite to the December air. The photograph that inspired this painting was taken on the same street and the same day as the one that inspired the painting “Saturday Shop” which has also been sold. My husband loves this painting so will be sad to see it go.

happed up

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Clear Winter Morning Light

Winter Morning Light on Parkmill

A new oil painting as of today – 80 x 60 cm – £395 – “Clear Winter Morning Light”.

Again this is a painting of Ilston Cwm and the woodland there. I rose up early and photographed this early morning scene when the winter light is at it’s most brilliant and clear. I loved the mirror like reflection of the water in the brook also. I found this composition pleasing so I painted it.


Winter Morning Light (SOLD)


You can buy large limited edition mounted prints of this painting here