Jan Bowman

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying…

Raoof Haghighi: Sarah (acrylic on aluminium)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Iñigo Sesma: John John (oil on wooden panel)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Madeleine Fenton: Cecilia (egg tempera and oil on gesso panel)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Ross McAuley: Self-Portrait with Pear (oil on canvas)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Benjamin sullivan: Breech! (oil on canvas)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Hero Johnson: Tabitha Moses with Gilda, Liverpool (oil on canvas)

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
Pont (Graham Laidler,1908-1940) 1936 cartoon for Punch

Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying...
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Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying London. Here are paintings I liked from this year’s BP Portrait Awards, and my favorite Pont drawing from rediscovering the Cartoon Museum – a minute’s walk from the British Museum and well worth a visit to make you smile, plus fascinating shop.

And after reading Penrose’s notebooks on Picasso I found this fab video (possibly best watched with sound on mute) of the great man’s painting technique. As Penrose says, he wasn’t scared to change anything in a picture, even when you’d think it was finished…

I disagree with Roger Scruton about a lot of things, but his WHY…

I disagree with Roger Scruton about a lot of things, but his WHY BEAUTY MATTERS is an inspiring video about art and what artists need to be doing today. As is his BEAUTY: A Very Short Introduction. He’s also full of pithy aphorisms, such as â€The first effect of modernism was to make high culture difficult: to surround beauty with a wall of erudition†and “A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.â€

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But…

Yellow mullein, pink phlox, purple giant thistles, evening primrose, teazel, etc etc

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Lilium regale, anthemis, verbena? and red nicotiana

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
I THINK these are hollyhocks

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
A sink of sedums

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Not sure what any of this is

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Japanese anemone, annual cornflower, phlox

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Oenothera, daisies, something red – dahlias?

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Cranesbill with sea holly ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Evening primrose, helenium, sea holly, etc etc

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But...
Pink and white phlox, blue sea holly

I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of this blog lately. But here are – for once – some flower photos from a lovely trip to Great Dixter last week. Fabulous, gigantic, exuberantly colourful plant combinations.

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the…

Christiane Loehr: Dandelion Cushion, 2009; dandelion seeds

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Christiane Loehr: Little Tower, 1999; ivy seeds

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Christiane Loehr: Translucent Form 2012; tree blossoms

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Christiane Loehr: Big Arch Form, 2013: grass stalks

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Christiane Loehr: Hair Column; horsehair, 6 metres high

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Christiane Loehr: Small Dome, 2008; plant stalks

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Kashif Nadim Chaudry: The Three Graces: Swoopy

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Kashif Nadim Chaudry: The Three Graces: Artemis

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Kashif Nadim Chaudry: The Three Graces: Word

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the...
Kashif Nadim Chaudry: The Three Graces: Word

Margate’s Turner Gallery may lack work by Turner, but it has the best views of Margate. Plus, last week, works by Christiane Loehr – beautiful, tiny, deceptively fragile-looking sculptures of organic ephemera: horsehair, seeds and plant stalks, which
made me think of of Galileo’s “Numbers are the language of natureâ€.

And Kashif Nadim Chaudry has filled the foyer with his gloriously colourful collaboration The Three Graces. Choudry: “for me a good artwork should take you somewhere else. It should fire your imaginationâ€. Yes quite.

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old…

Beautiful old Belgian church whose name I’ve forgotten

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
© Juan Palomino

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
© Juan Palomino

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
© Alice Coppini

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
© Alice Coppini

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
© Vincent Gravé

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
Alessandro Cervellati

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
Alessandro Cervellati

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
John Aldridge: Builders at Work

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old...
John Aldridge: February Afternoon

Just back from a lovely trip to Bruges looking at old churches… and another to Bologna Book Fair for pictorial eye candy.  Monos: Mensajeros del viento by Ana Paula Ojida had a good story too. Drawn by Juan Palomino, it retells a Mexican legend in which the first humans scared the deities by being too smart. In defence they threw magic dust into people’s eyes, so that for ever afterwards we’ve been blinded to how powerful and fabulous we really are. Quite.

..and i really liked Alice Coppini’s illustrations for the least child-like of all the Contest entries – a biography of Billie Holiday. (She’s also done this cute narrative calendar, for those of us who are into narrative calendars)

…and Un Grand Jardin, for its febrile, animated plant life by Vincent Gravé

… and discovered Alessandro Cervellati’s calligraphic horse and circus illustrations from the 1930s

…and have just been unexpectedly to the wonderful Fry Gallery for a fix of Great Bardfield artists. Came home inspired to draw the garden. Distracting me from book mockup!

“The ambition was to create…

I Woz ‘Ere

“The
ambition was to create...
Study for Hanging Around (Landscape without Figures), 2014

“The
ambition was to create...
Homesick

“The
ambition was to create...
The Bus Stop at the Top

“The
ambition was to create...
The Broken Drain

“The
ambition was to create...
Hello Nancy

“The
ambition was to create...
Ash Wednesday

“The
ambition was to create...
Ash Wednesday, 7am

“The
ambition was to create...
Scenes from the Passion: The Path to Pepys Corner

“The
ambition was to create...
Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom

“The
ambition was to create something that the art professor could talk to
my mum about, and neither of them be condescending to the otherâ€

What a laudable ambition. I saw George Shaw’s
Humbrol paintings years ago and wondered why he did them. Why look for
beauty in such unappealing subjects? now they make more sense.

Even
more so since most British artists voted Remain in the EU referendum.
That gulf between the art world and the public is why I’m looking forward to this  

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I…


Kitchen with Aloe Plant, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 x 78 inches

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...
Blue Hitman Hearns, 2012; oil and acrylic on linen; 33 x 23 inches

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...
Manute, 2014; oil and acrylic on canvas; 120 x 48 inches

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...
Birds Card, 2005; colored pencil and crayon on paper; 30 x 22 inches

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...
Influenced by his potter wife, this is Wood riffing on ancient Greek vases.

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes. I...

I like Jonas Wood’s stuff. And I love his Kitchen with Aloes.

I like his pictures even more since I discovered his sports card portraits. A generation of children seems to have been left alone to spend art class copying photographs of their sports and TV heroes with Biros. Wood must have done that too, but he also grew up in a family with lots of art around. He’s found a way to turn that flat, dead, weird teenage style into something worth looking at. And he draws his life fondly, as a diary. It’s a bit like Hockney (interesting recent interview with whom here) – without the fantastic draftsmanship, but a 21st-century digital-grunge eye.