Oystermouth Castle, Gower, South Wales

Here is another calendar painting.  I was fortunate enough to live in Swansea for three years and was able to paint the beautiful Gower Peninsular in Wales. I have nearly three hundred paintings on my computer from my art publishing business.068big02

Mumbles, at the Western end of Swansea Bay, marks the gateway to Gower. It is here that Oystermouth’s Norman Castle presides over the village. From the castle there are splendid views of Swansea Bay and the well known Mumbles Islets with the forever active lighthouse warning of the dangers on the rocks.

In Victorian times, Mumbles was a popular resort sporting a railway around the bay which was the first passenger railway in the world. The track is now an area dedicated to walkers and cyclists and provides an unbroken path from Swansea marina to the Mumbles pier.

The watercolour was painted from the steps of the Ostreme Centre where a thriving programme of arts and crafts and general community activities continue throughout the year. The gardens, tendered by Percy Sanders, and the beautifully situated houses provide a perfect foreground for the Castle.

Copyright Rita Mitchell Studio 1999

Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, Laugharne

002” In the mustardseed sun,

By the full tilt river and switchback sea

Where the cormorants scud,

In his house on stilts high among beaks

And palavers of birds

This sandgrain day in the bent bay’s grave

He celebrated and spurns

His driftwood thirty-five wind turned age:

Herons spire and spear.”

from Poem on his birthday (begun October 1949)

Dylan Thomas 1914 – 1953 (published by Dent) 

Copyright Rita Mitchell Studio 1999