How to create a beautiful watercolour landscape painting

Mine is a fairly impressionistic style of a watercolour painting technique, where detail is less important than a sound composition, good atmosphere and a bit of verve and directness.

In this way, I try to capture the overall sense of a place, at the same time as allowing the medium itself to shine. I paint outdoors – “en plein air” – as often as possible, as I like to interpret from life with the influences of the weather, sounds and smells, and the compulsion to work quickly. Working from photos, however, allows for a bit more reflection, with a different element of creativity and fun added to the process.

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Jem Bowden paints and teaches watercolour full time, with a focus on landscapes. He gives demonstrations, runs workshops, and tutors on residential painting holidays.