Jem Bowden Blog

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Some recent demos (and a Daylight super-bulb!)

Here are a few recent demonstration paintings, done for art groups and in one case during a 1-2-1 tuition session. The Lake District one was done on Saunders Waterford, mainly for a change.  Being used to Bockingford I was, as ever, slightly tempted to fiddle too much in the foreground owing to the heavier sizing […]

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Time to paint

Time to paint?  Maybe one day soon.  The painting above is not brand new but is a scene from this time of year, based on a stretch of the river Avon near Bradford-on-Avon. Meantime, I thought I’d better try to blog something, as it’s been a while.   Having finally turned ‘full-time’ artist/tutor in September […]

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Chicken! And other new ventures

At long last.   I’ve been meaning to try out painting some of my beloved birds, wildlife or other animals for years.  One difficulty was finding my own source material.  That and loving painting landscapes too much.   I’ve now had the idea of making a visit to my local ‘city farm’ where I hope to […]

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Gor Blimey - the light (+ new workshop date)

A brief holiday in the sun. Back to a picturesque old hamlet in France where I ran a plein air workshop last year, and probably will again in future. Although I was on holiday, with these 3 scenes I was also looking for future ‘demo painting’ options so I made sure each was done within […]

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Hardest lesson to learn (@ Corsham High Street and church)

Corsham High Street. A slightly strange day weather-wise.  The forecast was pretty good, but early mist hung around, the sun never showed, it was humid and by halfway through my morning painting (Corsham High Street) it started spotting with rain.  The spotting continued and gradually got worse until it was properly raining and we had […]

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Wylye valley meadows

  Wiltshire is a very beautiful county. I’m getting around it this year thanks to being invited into a painting group, early last year. The group is based in this area, around a core of friends, and exists for reasons of friendship and sharing the pleasure and adventure of painting outdoors. Yet it does include […]

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Water and wetter

A couple of plein air visits to watery places in recent weeks. The first here was done from a tiny island on the river Avon at Saltford lock, looking downriver and towards the light. The second is an early morning view from Bristol ‘floating harbour’, with a huge red-brick bonded warehouse in the background. Further […]

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Wonky and beyond wonky

A recent trip to Shropshire, England, close to the border with Wales. A picturesque, peaceful area with many very old, timber-framed buildings in the towns and villages. This first painting is of the gatehouse to Stokesay castle, which is not really a castle but a fortified medieval manor house, and has several different amazing architectural […]

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Foiled again

A momentous day in the UK, but life, and thankfully painting will go on. Visiting a new location is always a pleasure, since exploring and figuring out how to interpret a scene is a big part of the fun. Unfamiliarity with a subject does add to the challenge though, and often it is only after […]

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Sunshine, showers, and more

Here is this Thursday’s plein air painting, from beautiful Lacock, where many period dramas (and Harry Potter) are/were filmed. Loads of timber framed buildings everywhere. Did this in the morning, half-way through which the sun came out. I had a similar issue with the light as in my visit to Bideford a fortnight ago; ie. […]

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