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These are my regular posts, a fairly long-form ‘digest’ of my recent activities, but also including newly organised teaching, exhibitions or other ‘news’.

Summer begins, 2021

In the city This was my first plein air of the year that I felt seemed to flow quite well. I had some nice chats with a few different people, but for a change it didn’t cause a problem for the painting. In fact I kept going, plonking down paint as we chatted. Probably quite […]

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Let the pictures tell the story (mostly): Miss, miss, hit? Miss, mist, rain....

Towards Lizard Lighthouse, Cornwall.   A studio painting. I did a plein air at the time I was here which was not a great success, being almost blown over by wind.  This one I felt came out okay overall, despite sections which could definitely have gone much better.  For an age I’ve been meaning to […]

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Getting back out there! Big Sky Art and IWS exhibition

Hello! This painting was from photos taken last summer when I visited Glastonbury to film a demo for my plein air video.  That was done further down this narrow road on a footpath through fields to the left, following the river Parrett.  Even from this spot a 45 degree turn to the left gives a […]

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Paintings old and new, musings a few and upcoming painting 'experiences'

Hello! About time I put together a blog post.  Hopefully this sprawling post will make up a bit for a considerable period of withdrawal.  It’s been a time of reflection, and there’s a bit of that in here. I have done a couple of posts in recent months, but not sent them out […]

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November 2020

I hope you are well. The year rolls on.  Difficult times in many ways, but perhaps some recent signs of hope? I won’t say much this time, though there are a few ‘news’ items and links at the bottom of this post. I thought I’d show some pictures though, since it’s been a while. A […]

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Video done, Studio work & plein air, Zoom demo.

Hi and welcome to my September update. ‘Plein Air Painting with Jem Bowden’ … Being the obvious title for my new Plein Air video which is, at last, now available to buy or hire.  Please have a watch of the trailer on my Video Tuition page, from where you’ll also find links to the full […]

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Summer plein air paintings and bit of chat

Time for a round up of some recent plein air adventures. Much of the spring and summer feels a bit lost, passed without enough outdoor adventure or friendly painting meet ups.  But I have managed to get out several times, to places where any other people were at a Covid-safe distance. From the southeast […]

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Lockdown challenge - your paintings

Hello. This blog is a showcase of the work I’ve been sent in response to the ‘challenge’ I set a couple of months ago.  As always there’s some great painting here to see and to learn from, and I hope you enjoyed it if you had a go.  I’ve made a few personal observations on […]

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'Go With The Flow', Plein air, 'challenge' update and Zoom tuition

‘Go With The Flow’ – a watercolour conversation For a little bit of light relief, in case you might need it…. This coming Saturday there’s a 24 hour YouTube live broadcast conversation, which along with over 100 painters I’ll be taking part in.  Including many of the world’s best known watercolour artists, it’s […]

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'Lockdown challenge', live youtube demo and other (video) things

Lockdown challenge update (May 11th) DEMO VIDEO HERE:  https://youtu.be/DL7B9Kjo3zg Hello folks. I hope you’re still well and not cracking up, too much. Today I’m setting a new challenge, or rather, a bit of fun for you to have a go at if you like.  There’s no pressure here, and no prize either, but hopefully […]

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