Bowman, Elinor

Savvy , 2015, watercolor, 12” x 16”

Savvy, 2015, watercolor, 12” x 16”

Dreaming , 2016, watercolor,12” x 16”

Dreaming, 2016, watercolor,12” x 16”

Phone: 8283375904
Country: United States

My favorite subject is people, primarily painting live models.  No matter how many times I’ve painted a model, some other aspect shows up.  And new models are a completely new experience.
Watercolor, Black Walnut ink, and Chinese ink are currently my favorite mediums.  I love the spontaneity, with results in the painting which may not have been expected or predicted.

2 nude poses , 2017, black walnut ink, 16” x 20”

2 nude poses, 2017, black walnut ink, 16” x 20”

My paintings were all painted at an open studio at the Swannanoa Art League in Black Mountain, NC.  The paintings of clothed models were completed when the model maintained one pose (in twenty minute increments) for three hours, although I sometimes paint several paintings during the session.  The nude model poses were usually short poses – five two-minute poses, two ten-minute poses, then twenty minute poses for the remainder of the session.

Before taking up painting, I was a consulting actuary, working with hospitals and government employers who provided pension plans for their employees.  I began painting in my 50’s, and love it.  I did take a figure drawing class when I was younger but never pursued art.  After careers in business, painting is so enticing.

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