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‘Better Landscapes’


A full day watercolour workshop.
Date: Weds 13th Dec 2017, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.

What often makes the difference between good and ‘better’ landscape watercolours?

During the day we’ll look at key factors and techniques, which you can develop control over and build into a strategy for overall more dynamic and satisfying paintings.
Jem will share many tips which he considers most important for success in painting.  
Get more impact and vitality into your watercolours.  Re-focus on what counts, take your chances, and dramatically improve your landscapes.

Details:
The workshop is indoors.  Content of the day is varied, including demonstrations, practical work and analysis/discussion.  To ensure a good amount of individual attention places are limited to just 8.

Note, this day is aimed at ‘intermediate’ or painters already experienced with watercolour wishing to improve.  Relative beginners may find the workshop challenging.  

Location:
Conygre Hall,
Timsbury,
North Road,
BA2 0JQ

(Timsbury is an attractive, quiet village south of Bristol and Bath)
Plenty of parking is available at the hall.

Price: £55

Materials
Please bring all your usual painting materials, including plenty of paper and your easel if you use one.  If in any doubt please contact Jem in advance with any queries you may have.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available, but lunch is not included.
A short walk down the road is a cafe/bistro, a village supermarket (Co-operative) and another general store, providing various food options.  We will break for approx. 1 hour for lunch.

Please book now to secure a place.  A non-returnable deposit of £30 will be required, with the remainder payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop day.

Deposit accepted by Paypal, UK bank cheque, or BACS.  Please email me directly for bookings, stating how you would like to pay, and I’ll send you the relevant payment details.
jembowdenwatercolour@gmail.com
Thank you, Jem

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Update May 2017

Workshop news

Next year (7th & 8th June 2018) I’ll be running a two-day workshop in Sidmouth, Devon, at the East Devon Art Academy.  For details and bookings please visit the EDAA website, here: http://www.eastdevonart.co.uk
This will include some plein air painting, weather permitting, and is aimed more at intermediate level rather than beginner.

Sandpiper Studio workshops
There are still a few places still left on my one day workshop for intermediate/improver painters this September 2nd at Sandpiper Studio on the Wirral.  I’m also running a workshop there the day before on the 1st September, that one aimed at complete beginners, or those who’ve not painted for years and want to get started again.  For bookings please visit: http://www.thesandpiperstudio.co.uk/

I’m looking forward to visiting the Wirral, and will be staying a couple of extra days to do some plein air painting of the area, just for me!

I’ll be running a 6 week Beginners course again this Autumn in central Bristol, at The Folk House (Weds evenings from 1st November) and also a one-day workshop for complete beginners on Sat 21st October.  These need to be booked through the Folk House, but only once they release their Autumn term prospectus later in the summer:
https://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk/

‘Better Landscapes’, day workshop
’ll be running another one of these, hopefully in the Autumn, or otherwise again in Spring, 2018.
It will be at a venue local to me (i.e. near to Bristol or Bath), so I can get there!  Hopefully you can too.  Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put your name on a reserve list.
This is an indoor workshop, with a maximum of 8 participants @ price of £55, which I hope ensures good value and enjoyment of the day.  This workshop is aimed at more experienced, or ‘intermediate’ watercolour painters rather than beginners or very unconfident painters.

Exhibition news

I’m really pleased to have had a painting accepted for this year’s Patchings / The Artist & Leisure Painter magazine Open Exhibition 2017.  My gratitude to the judges!
I enjoyed doing a demo at last year’s Patchings festival, but unfortunately I can’t attend this year’s as it coincides with my Wye Valley painting holiday.  However I will be part of a group show at Patchings later in the year, as one of 10 award winners from the 2016 competition.  I’ll have 6 of my best works in the exhibition (which will be entitled ‘The Artist’s Collection’) running from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 19 November 2017.  For details of Patchings festival/exhibition, and later the group exhibition  please visit:
https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/

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NOW BOOKING

New in, for anyone who lives further North, I’m delighted that I will be running a couple of workshops at
The Sandpiper Studio, on the Wirral, for the first time, in September 2017:  http://www.thesandpiperstudio.co.uk/

I’m doing one day for beginners, and one for ‘Intermediate’ level – i.e. people with experience of watercolour, but wishing to improve.
The content will be different for each workshop.  Please contact me for further information.  Bookings are made through the Sandpiper Studio itself – contact details via the link above.

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‘Better landscapes  A full day workshop
(NOW FULL)

Date: Tuesday 18th April 2017, 9.45 am – 4.15 pm.

Re-focus on what counts.  Get more impact and vitality into your watercolours, and better control over the medium whilst allowing its beauty to shine.

Details:

What makes the difference between good landscapes and ‘better’ landscapes?
Jem shares tips, advice and methods that he believes can enhance anyone’s paintings.
Fundamentals such as paint/water control, brushwork, composition, planning and ‘attitude’ will be closely considered.
Content of the day is varied, including demonstration, practical work and discussion, with a good amount of individual attention.
To ensure the latter, places are limited to just 8.
Please book now to secure a place.

Note, this workshop is aimed at those with already some experience of watercolour; i.e. ‘improvers’ or ‘intermediate’ to more experienced painters.  Relative beginners would be welcome, but may find the workshop quite challenging.

Location:

Conygre Hall,
North Road,
Timsbury,
BA2 0JQ

(Timsbury is an attractive, quiet village, south of Bristol and Bath)
Plenty of parking is available at the hall.

Price: £55

Please bring all your usual painting materials, including plenty of paper.

A small number of specific items may be provided as a planned part of the tuition, but these are in addition to normal painting materials which you must bring yourself.

Also,

*Please bring a question or problem, a joke (no singing please) and a (spare) pair of old socks.*

Tea and coffee will be available, but lunch is not included.
A short walk down the road is a cafe/bistro and a Fish & Chip shop, which are both open over lunchtime.  (www.theconnies.co.uk and www.bigreddirectory.com/our-plaice-timsbury-bath)  We will break for one hour for lunch.

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New – Windrush course! (NOW FULL)

I’m honoured to announce I’ve been invited to run a day workshop next year at James Fletcher-Watson’s former home, Windrush House and Gallery. The date is the 25th of May 2017.  
Please join me in the beautiful Cotswolds, where weather permitting we will paint en plein air, with perhaps some time also taken in the studio.

Bookings are made through Windrush Gallery, details of which are here:
http://www.jamesfletcherwatson.com/contact.asp
Email: info@jamesfletcherwatson.com
Tel: 01451 844425

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Next term’s Beginners’ course

Spring term fully booked.  Next course Autumn term.

If you would like to join me for this 10 week course at the Bristol Folk House please book now.  Places are limited to 10 and the course does fill up.  Details can be found here, but feel free to contact me if you would like more information:

http://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk/

Patchings awards, and Painting Holiday 2017

I had a painting accepted for the Patchings open exhibition again this year, and this time it won two awards (!).  The Artist Exhibition award, which means I will be back at Patchings Art Centre again some time next year (date tbc) as part of a group show with several other excellent painters, and also The Daler Rowney.
The painting was ‘Turf fen windmill’ which you can see in the Studio gallery page.
I visited the Patchings Festival this year for the first time, to demonstrate on the Alpha Painting Holidays stand, along with Steve Hall.  Alpha are now taking bookings for my painting holiday with them in The Wye Valley, July 2017.
For further information on the holiday please don’t hesitate to contact me, or Alpha directly at:
http://www.alphapaintingholidays.com/AlphaPaintingHolidaysContactUs.html

Please join me for what is sure to be a very enjoyable week.

SAA, Artist of the Year 2016 competition.

I have been awarded Best Professional in the  ‘Landscape or Woodland Scene’ category in this year’s competition.  But unbelievably, I’ve also been awarded Best Professional in the category of ‘Waterscene, boats or seascape’.
Of course I’m delighted, as well as amazed, and grateful to the SAA.  Below are my entries, ‘Towards Blakeney from beyond the saltmarsh’, and ‘Fishing boat and paraphernalia at Aldeburgh’.  
My thanks again to the Society for All Artists, whose competition and exhibition provides enormous encouragement (and exposure) for all artists (true to their name) at different stages in their development or career, from beginners to professionals, and in all types of media, subject and style.

Towards Blakeney from beyond the saltmarsh. For sale.

Aldeburgh fishing boat. For sale

Next painting holiday – 2017, Wye Valley.

I will be tutoring a painting holiday for Alpha Painting Holidays in 2017.
This will be in the picturesque ‘Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ which straddles England and Wales in the UK.
Details can be found here:

http://www.alphapaintingholidays.com

Also, please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information.

Watercolour Diploma –
new course for London Art College

I’m proud to announce that I am now the tutor for the Watercolour diploma course at London Art College, which is an online/distance learning college.  An overview of the course can be found here:

http://www.londonartcollege.co.uk/art-courses/watercolour-diploma/

Please have a read, and contact me directly if you would like further information.  The course is aimed primarily at beginners or intermediate level with the watercolour medium.

January 2016 (and February) Sale!

Only for the next month I am making the paintings in my Studio and Plein air galleries here on my website available for just £150.
Note these are half imperial size watercolours, image size being approx 31 x 51 cm when cropped slightly/nicely for mounting. (They are about 2 cm larger than that in each dimension without any cropping.)
Note, paintings are sold as unframed and unmounted, with postage to UK being an extra £10.  Please enquire for postage costs to outside the UK.

When you click on a painting to enlarge it the title appears over the top of the image.  If a painting has already sold it also says so here.
There are a few paintings (unmarked) which are excluded from the sale because I can’t bear to part with them for less than full price (at least!) but please enquire about anything that takes your fancy.

 ‘Absolute Beginners’ watercolour course

***Course now full, but another will run from February 2016***

I am tutoring a new 6-week course for those totally new to painting in watercolour. This will be at The Bristol Folk House, in central Bristol (UK), beginning this November.

Learn how to begin painting in this beautiful but often challenging medium. The course will focus on developing a sound foundation in traditional techniques which can be applied to all subjects, but with a focus on landscape.

Bristol Folk House is an adult education ‘learning for pleasure’ centre.
www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

A materials list can be seen on the venue’s website along with the course details (look under ‘Courses’).
The atmosphere of the classes will of course be informal, but also highly informative! The group size is limited to 10. The price for the whole course of 6 weeks is £64.40 / Over 60s £60.60 / Benefit £46.20
The classes are on Wednesday evenings at 7.45 – 9.45 pm.

Bookings need to be made through the venue, rather than myself.
The telephone number is: 0117 926 2987, or for general enquiries about the venue you can email: admin@bristolfolkhouse.co.uk You can also book via a form on the venue’s website.
For any enquiries relating to course content please don’t hesitate to contact me.

May 2015 update – Open Exhibition and competition success

I’m very pleased that this month I have two pieces of good news to report.
Firstly I received notification that my painting ‘Uphill creek at high tide’ has been accepted into the Patchings open exhibition – ‘The Artist’ category – at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Details of the exhibition – which opens to coincide with the Patchings Art Festival on June 4th – can be found here:

Home Page

Then I learned that – blimey – I have been awarded Best Professional in the ‘Landscape or Woodland Scene’ category in The Society for All Artists (SAA) ‘Artist of the Year 2015’ competition. Having won the overall award last year I really didn’t think I’d get into the finals this time, so that was a really lovely surprise. The painting was ‘The river Parret and Somerset levels from Burrow Mump’, and will be exhibited in the SAA’s ‘It’s all about Art’ event in London this July.
Full details about the event can be found here:
http://www.saa.co.uk/

Both paintings can be viewed here in my Studio Gallery page.

My French landscape workshop in September is now full.  Places are limited to 6 participants, but I will probably run another workshop in the same beautiful place next year, so do please get in touch if you’d like me to add your name to a reserve list for that.

September 2014 update

New website, and new features

This is it!  There may be a few ‘teething’ issues, so please let me know your thoughts on anything, and particularly if something appears not to work or display correctly in your browser.  (I’m currently aware of an issue with Internet Explorer 9…)  Thanks in advance.

Subscription option
You can now subscribe to my Blog.  This will mean you get updates sent directly to your email Inbox each time I post a new blog entry.  Currently this is approximately weekly.
I use my blog to give insights into my painting practise, which I hope is informative.  I often discuss technical matters and the challenges faced, which I also hope is useful to aspiring watercolourists.   If you’d like to subscribe just enter your email address into the box on the Blog page and click the ‘Subscribe’ button.  You will then receive a confirmation email which will contain an ‘activation’ link that you’ll need to click on.  Please remember to check for this in your Spam folder if you don’t see it in your Inbox.

Facebook and Twitter
There are now links at the bottom of the website which will take you through to my Facebook or Twitter pages.
I am new to Twitter and if you ‘follow’ me I can promise I won’t be filling up your feed with loads of waffle every 5 minutes.  I will use it when I have some actual ‘news’ to report, as well as posting such news on my Blog, and Facebook Page (for those who may use one platform but not another).  I may also ‘re-tweet’ occasionally if I discover something from someone else that might be of interest to fellow watercolourists.
The ‘News’ page here on my website I reserve for more general announcements, so it is updated a little less frequently.

May 2014 – Award!

I was recently informed that I have won the SAA’s (Society for All Artists) ‘Artist of the year 2014’ prize. I am of course completely delighted and amazed. My entry was the plein air painting entitled ‘Burnham Overy Windmill’.
greetings-cards,t_eI’m also very pleased to have been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Patchings Open competition 2014 for ‘Low tide, Wells Next the Sea’, also a plein air painting. This one will be displayed on the Patchings website from the beginning of the festival.

Both paintings can seen here on the Plein Air gallery page and both are currently unsold, if you can be tempted.

I was also pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Open exhibition this year, but didn’t make the final cut. It is the first year I’ve entered these last two, so I’ve got to be pretty happy with it all, and indeed I am.

Exhibition

My painting ‘Across the weald from Malling Down’ (see Gallery 2 for this one) will be in the ‘New Visions’ group show at The Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol. The exhibition runs from June 7th to August 2nd and will contain a broad variety of art. More info here: www.grantbradleygallery.co.uk

Workshops

Day-long workshop dates in Bristol to be announced quite soon hopefully.  Again, please go to the Blog page to subscribe if you’d like to be kept informed about these, or alternatively use the Contact page to send me a quick email saying you’d like to go on my mailing list.

Distance Learning/’E-tuition’

Please see ‘Tuition’ page for information about my newest way of tutoring.

November 2013 update

More cards.

I now have eight designs of greetings cards for sale.
They are on good quality card (would look good framed as a ‘print’),
A5 in size, and come with a good quality peel-and-seal envelope.
Cards are £3 each or 2 for £5, 5 for £10. Postage an additional £1.

They are blank inside, and on the back is a short text detail of what and where the subject is.

greetings-cards,t_eThe cards feature the following eight paintings, which you can see here in either the Plein Air or Studio galleries:

Shifting Light, Eskdale
Oakenhill Farm, Brislington
Towards Burnham Overy Mill
High tide, Booby’s Bay
Sunlit dune, Constantine Bay
Gwithian Beach, Windswept
Outside The Library
Cwmdu farmland, morning light

Editor’s Choice

Very pleased that my painting ‘Reflections and Shadows on the River Chew’ has been chosen as ‘Editor’s website gallery choice’ at Painters-online and will appear as such in The Artist magazine, January 2014 issue.

Notice of cancellation

workshop-news,t_eDue to a change in circumstances I have, very unfortunately, had to cancel the September 2014 workshop.
I hope to be able to run this in 2015. Please let me know if you would like to be added to my mailing list for up to date information about future workshops.

Workshop 2014

New workshop date set for 2014 in central Bristol.
Please see Tuition page for details

This will be at Bristol’s The Folk House, 40A Park Street, BS1 5JG,
on Weds 3rd September 2014.

Next Exhibition

water-colour,t_eThis will be at Bristol’s The Folk House, 40A Park Street, BS1 5JG, from 30th August – 26th September 2013.

All work will be for sale and will comprise recent paintings previously unshown.
The majority will be Plein Air work from this Spring and Summer, with perhaps one or two from last Autumn and one or two Studio pieces from this Winter.

Some local scenes will be featured as well as many from the Lake District, North Norfolk, South Downs and Cornish coast.

I’ve been on tour! The weather could have been better, so many paintings feature cloud. I wish you could see the wind.

Outdoor Watercolour Workshops for 2013

field,t_eI will be running ‘en plein air’ workshops in May and July 2013.
For full details please see Tuition page.

March 2013 update

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Plein air diary

For some time I have been writing an entry (in diary form) about each plein air trip I make. Hopefully later this year I might make this into a blog, or perhaps link the entries to the paintings shown here in the Plein Air gallery, thus giving (hopefully interesting) insight into how each was painted.

Greetings Cards

I now have some cards for sale. Please email me if you would like to buy some.
They are £3.50 each including postage and a good quality self-seal envelope, or 2 for £6, 3 for £8.
The cards are A5 size (a fair size, for a card..) and would also make a decent print to frame. I have 3 designs at present, these being of the paintings ‘Outside the Library’, ‘Gwithian Beach, Windswept’ and ‘Shifting Light over Eskdale’. A snow scene, a beach scene and a mountain scene. The paintings can be viewed here on the site. Go on.

Highly Commended (!)

My entry to the Society for All Artists’ Artist of the year 2013 competition did not win a prize, but I’m very pleased to have been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’. I’ll treat myself to a new brush.
The painting , entitled ‘Across The Weald from Malling Down’ – which you can see here in the Studio gallery – will be hung at the ‘Its all about art’ event/exhibition in London this July and will be published in the SAA 2014 desk diary.

More details of the event can be found here: www.saa.co.uk