Do you sell your paintings?
Yes I do. I have just opened a ETSY shop under Clare Bowen Artist and if you are in America I have also joined the 'Daily Paintworks' site and sell there too.
What did you paint before the daily paintings?
I painted a lot bigger pictures and they took 2-4 weeks to complete. They were of land and seascapes. I drew outside first and then used the sketch and photos to make a studio painting. I now only paint subjects from life as I enjoy it a lot more.
What is your art studio like?
Purpose built, it sits at the end of our long garden with views over a field and opposite my husbands man-shed. It measures: 5m x 3m with wooden floors and an open style barn roof, it feels spacious.
I have a work area one end with all my paints, palette, easel and still life set up. With a large book case full of art books and panels waiting to be painted on.
|Surrey Open Studio 2015 (with Matte)|
How did you learn to paint?
In the early 90’s I studied fine art and illustration at Portsmouth School of Art. In 2000 after returning from an eight month trip to Asia I was inspired and decided I wanted to paint for a living so I set up a studio at my Mum and Dad’s house in Hayling Island (Hampshire) where I taught myself oil and watercolour painting.
What is your Colour palette?
The main colours I use are:
Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Red, Crimson
Cadmium Yellow Light & Medium
Red Dioxide, Raw Umber, Titanium White
What brand of paint do you use?
I like different brands for different colours...Old Holland, Michael Harding, Winsor & Newton, Gamblin & Jacksons Artists Quality.
Do you use a purpose made painting palette? If so, what make?
In my studio I use a large piece of perspex type material laid over white paper. It’s excellent to mix paint on because its shiny, hard and doesn't move, also easy to clean!
What equipment do you use plein air - outside to paint
I use an Open Box M easel/palette from America.
Brush roll (to carry the brushes)
Rosemary and co brushes
Brush cleaner/ paint thinner containing Sansodor
Selection of panels
Panel holder or Matchstick carrier to transport wet paintings (comment if you want to know more)
What painting surface do you use?
Ready-made brought ones:
Sea White wooden panels
Jacksons superfine panels
I make them 2mm Hardboard - Smooth Both Sides. And put 3-4 layers of good quality acrylic primer. On the last layer I sand down and either mix with the white paint some Raw Umber or I wait till the primer is dry and paint a colour ground on top.
Do you mix your colours before you paint?
For still life I often mix the main colours usually 3 or 4 and from those I would mix nuances of colours and tones while I’m painting.
|My Palette with several tubes of oil paint!|
How long each time does it take to post a blog?
30 mins or more depending on editing the photo and what to write…