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