Monday, December 27, 2010

Something Fun

I rarely share links here, but every now and then I find something I like and want to share. So here is a link for your enjoyment.

Google Body by Google Labs

This one is fun.  It is an online anatomy guide by Google that show the forms in three dimensions. Its not really designed for artists, but it proves very useful in seeing how the muscles fit within the body. What I like is I can rotate the body and see the shapes of the muscles and bones from all sides.  I don't know how accurate it is but looks pretty good to me.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A brief mention

I was briefly mentioned in the the San Francisco Chronicle the other day in an article about the show at Hespe I am part of.  Here is the link to the article

'New Artists, New Work': show at Hespe Gallery, By Stephanie Wright Hession, December 09, 2010 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Group Show

I am very excited to be part of a group show at the Hespe Gallery in San Francisco that will run from 12/9 to 1/29. I will be included with several other artists in the show including Mark Goings, Anelecia Hannah, Nicholas Middleton, Winni Wintermeyer, and Eric Zenner.

For more information about the Hespe Gallery click here

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Part of a group Show in Taiwan

Some of my work part of a group show called Capturing the Shadow at the Crowned Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Featuring several artists from both Taiwan and the United States including artists Hsuan-Chi Chen and Daniel Ochoa.  For more information click here.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hsuan-chi and I both have paintings in a juried exhibit in Santa Cruz right now. We were both mentioned in an brief article about the show. Ignore the fact that both our names are spelled wrong, we are quite used to that. It is still fun to get mentioned.

Monday, October 25, 2010

This Reflection Disapproves

This Reflection Disapproves, 19 x 26 inches, oil on panel, 2010, Ross Bowns

Instinct Persists

Instinct Persists, 20 x 25 inches, oil on panel, 2010, Ross Bowns

An Obsessive Regret Lingers

An Obsessive Regret Lingers, 16 x 24 inches, oil on panel, 2010, Ross Bowns

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Upcoming show

Both Shannon and I have two of works each selected for the juried exhibition "Go Figure - A National Figurative Exhibit" at the Santa Cruz Art League from 10/23 to 11/21/2010

Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-5787

For more information visit 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Fragmented Memory Spills Over Into a Long Silence

A Fragmented Memory Spills Over Into a Long Silence, 30 x 40 inches, oil on panel, 2010 by Ross Bowns

Attacked by Reason, He Remains Unforgiven

Attacked by Reason, He Remains Unforgiven, 30 x 40 inches, oil on panel, 2010 by Ross Bowns 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fears They Will Take It Away

Fears They Will Take It Away, oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches , Ross Bowns

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Work

A couple of new images have been added to the site. Click here to view.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I had the pleasure of doing an exhibit with my father this month. The opening was last Friday and it was a lot of fun.  Having the show in the town I was raised in was fun and I was fortunate to see a lot of people I have seen in years. I also was able to meet many new faces from the area.  Though I would have to say the best part was working on something with my Dad.  Anyways, it was a lot of fun and if you are interested in more info about the show click here.

Wide angle view of my work on display, photo by R.K. Bowns

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Start

Three points at the beginning of the process. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Link

I added the link to my art lesson website to this page.  The art lessons site has been updated with the most current information.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Couple of Photos

As promised here are a couple of photos of the exhibition I was in in Kaoushiung, Taiwan. The show featured Chu Chen Ming and showcases several Academy of Art University alumni, Including myself and my wife Hsuan-Chi (Shannon) Chen.  

This first photo is of the sign in front of the exhibit.  The second is of Shannon and I at the exhibit. The third photo is of me in front of my painting. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. I have been traveling and visiting family and friends the last few weeks. Shannon and I went to Taiwan for a few weeks and needless to say I have not been painting recently.  I have my sketchbook with me and been doing some sketching here and there. Mostly I have just been enjoying my trip.  I will be back soon.

On an art related note, I did get a chance to to see the exhibit that Shannon and I each have a painting in. It is a show featuring and Chu Chen Ming and showcases several Academy of Art University alumni. It was exciting to see and I will post pictures once I get the chance to download them from Shannon's camera.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A painting on display in Taiwan

I just found out that my wife, Husan Chi Chen, and I each have a painting on public display in the Sogo Department Store ,Kaoushiung, Taiwan. Very exciting.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Portrait

I haven't done any drawings from life lately.  Here is a portrait I did in charcoal during a workshop today.


Friday, March 5, 2010

New Painting

Another painting I finished recently.

Knee, oil on panel, 18 x 25 inches


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fabric Study

Over the last couple of months I have been doing drawing exercises like the exercises I did  back  school.  To the left I is a charcoal drawing of a fabric sheet I hung on the wall at my house.

Fabric study, charcoal on paper, 11 x 14 inches


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Painting

Here is a new painting that I have just finished.  This one is a slight shift from what I have been doing recently.  In this painting, I wanted to set up something a little more direct that had a little more of an immediate impact.

I felt I  needed to work with a broader value range in the composition.  For a while now I have been flattening the value range to hide the figure a bit and help develop a sense of mystery around it. To be more direct, I thought I would open open the range and included more areas of increased the detail on this one.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Student Progress

I teach private drawing and painting lessons. I thought it might be fun to show a students progress.

To the left is the first project he did. It was the first assignment after the first lesson. This lesson is an introduction to the materials, and some basic drawing concepts. The exercise was to draw white object, such as a cup or a bowl, lit by a single light source.

The image to the right and below is a drawing exercise copying a portrait drawing.  This is the assignment we started on week 7 and finished on week 8. I am very pleased with the progress and excited to see more progress.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Two Year Anniversary For the Blog

February marks the two year anniversary of this blog.  I started this blog while I was in school working on a MFA in painting. My wife suggested I do that for my school journal, as a way to talk about the lessons I learned, the ideas I was working on, and the challenges in my work. I thought I would try it and found that I like blogging.  After graduating, I have mostly been using this as a venue for announcements and to show images of new work.

This next year I plan to do more of what I originally did when I started this and open up the range of content a bit more again. To me, this is more interesting than just image updates and announcements.

Thank you to all those who read and follow this blog.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

For Shannon

For my wife. Happy Valentine's Day. I love you more then I ever could have imagined.


Friday, January 29, 2010

The Figure Now 2010 Exhibition: Update

I previously wrote about my participation in the Figure Now 2010 Exhibition at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery at Fontbonne University. (Click here to see previous post)

I didn't mention that the painting I entered into the exhibition was awarded 2nd place. I thought I'd wait for the gallery to announce it first. It is a nice honor to receive and I was excited to hear the news. If you are in the area check out the exhibit. If not take a look at the work in the exhibit by visiting this website.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Figure Now 2010 Exhibition

I am participating in The Figure Now 2010 Exhibition at the Fontbonne Gallery of Fine Arts at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri this next month.

The exhibition runs from February 5th to February 26th.

Click here to visit the site.


Below is the information provided by Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery about The Figure Now Exhibition 2010

February 5 - 26, 2010

Opening Reception February 5, 6-8 pm

An international Juried Exhibition which reconsiders traditional and contemporary approaches to the figure. With over 250 enteries these were the images chosen by the three jurors: Sophie Sodoin; Alex Kanevsky and Nicholas Uribe to be in the 2010 Figure Now Exhibition.

Tension in Silhouette, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2009

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Preparing the surface.

I have spent this last weekend getting new panels ready. I have been wanting to make panels that have the smooth surface that is similar in feel and look to the mylar I have been painting on. Through some experimentation and practice I was able to get the surface the way I like it.

When I say make panels, I don't build them any more. I enjoy making them, but find it takes me way too long to build them proper. It is just easier for me to hire someone who knows what they are doing make quality cradled panels for me. I have them custom made for me from someone in the East Bay. He does great work and I get nice quality cradled panels. All I do is prime the surface.

I use gesso as my ground. I lay down about four or five layers of gesso sanding between coats to build a nice base. Then using a squeegee I work over the surface until I get a nice smooth surface. This a long process but after it is done I pleased with the results and am ready to paint.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Artist Reception -The Inner Figure

Some pictures from the artist reception last night at Gallery 625.
1. Paintings
2. Me, gallery rep Thelema Dietler, and my wife Hsuan-Chi Chen
3. More paintings
4. During reception
5. Hsuan-chi and I

Monday, January 4, 2010

January Events and Exhibits

The Inner Figure Exhibition is now up at Gallery 625 here in San Francisco. I have 17 new paintings displayed along side my wife's, Hsuan-chi Chen, paintings. The the exhibit will be up until February 1st.

The opening will be this Thursday starting at 5:30 PM, hope to see you there. For more information click here.

I also have several paintings available at the Geras Tousignant Fine Art Gallery

I have a painting that was accepted into the 24th International Juried show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey from January 15th to March 19th.

Resist, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches