Jem Bowden Blog

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Painting ‘close to the bin’, paper choice, and December the 13th workshop.

I’ve had a full and enjoyable month, with some more new experiences, as ever in this, my first year as full time artist/tutor. I was so pleased to be invited to run a workshop at Windrush in May (http://www.jamesfletcherwatson.com/courses.asp). Encouragingly the course filled up last year, and I think the day went well as everyone seemed […]

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Mumbles, workshops and other snippets

A couple of weeks ago I visited Swansea Art Society for a demo and while there managed to visit The Mumbles (headland/small rocky islands with a lighthouse), where Swansea Bay meets the Gower peninsula.   I only had time to take photos, so the above painting is worked from those.  I hope to visit the […]

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Getting the eye back in en plein air, and 'painting for your life' (demos)

The plein air season has probably been here for a while, but the first chance I had to get out was a Sunday at the end of March, and a visit to Bath it was. I’ve seen this view before and knew it was the one I wanted to do.  It’s quite wide though, as […]

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Entry time, and Artist influences

It’s that time of year again, when I’m always hoping I might pull off a decent last minute painting to enter into one of the popular competitions. But even if I did, I wouldn’t have the confidence that I’m seeing it objectively enough to be right about it so soon after painting. How are […]

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Re-working, learning, painting…. And ‘looseness’.

I like to work sometimes with a quite vague, simple idea of a composition, and allow surprises to take the painting in a slightly different direction.  It’s a way of getting some practise at a particular subject whilst keeping it fresh and enjoyable.  Also, any training in ‘adapting to circumstances’ with watercolour is time well […]

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Southwold, Step-by-step.

Step by Step – Southwold fisherman’s huts and boat. I thought I’d share the process behind this recent painting. The composition was chosen from hundreds of photographs I took on a visit to Southwold and Walberswick a couple of years ago.  I didn’t feel much amendment was needed to the composition, although I did […]

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Days getting longer

Yep, It’s becoming noticeable, and I even heard a blackbird properly singing the other day. I’m pleased to see some rain, and it’s good to have a mild patch too.   January has disappeared very quickly, and at this rate it’ll be time for me to head outdoors painting again, if we have a reasonable […]

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Colour, grey, trees, article.

Just past the sewage works – thankfully – I get to one of my favourite spots.  It’s a place I go every year, and I’d like to run a workshop here one day, based on trees.  There are great examples of huge old pollarded willows (I think), amongst other types, set alongside a meadow and […]

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Another year in pictures - Thank you.

This is a view towards Westward Ho! from above Appledore. I was lucky to visit the area for the first time in June this year. In an ideal lifetime every year should be memorable. For me this was the year I went properly professional as an artist/tutor, and therefore it probably will be. It is […]

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That feeling.

At long last, a painting I’m properly satisfied with. It is a feeling that was getting worryingly far away, into the past.  The painting is not perfect, of course.  No such thing, but the fact that it is connected with a certain feeling, and just went as well as I could have hoped considering how […]

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