Clara Bow by Karen Townsend

Graphite pencil on Bristol 9 × 12 inch

Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 19051—September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in the silent film era of the 1920s. Her acting artistry and high spirits made her the premier flapper and the film It (1927) made her world famous as the “It girl”. Bow came to personify the “roaring twenties” and is widely considered its leading sex symbol.

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Originally from the South of England but now living in Melbourne, Australia. I took up graphite drawing at the ripe old age of 42, after a long hiatus of 25 years. I did achieve an O’level in art, whilst at school, and had hoped to go to art college. However, my family and I emigrated here to Australia and art college was forgotten about!! I didn’t pick up a pencil again until 3 years ago. Just wish I had picked up that pencil a long time ago!

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago


  • Andrea Félix
    Andrea Félixabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful! She looks so soft and poetic

  • Husky
    Huskyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful and clever Karen!

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    wonderful artwork

  • Robin Pushe'e
    Robin Pushe'eabout 4 years ago

    Wow Karen ,, Beautiful!!

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent Job Karen. I wish Clara could know she is memorialized in this way by someone born just as she was leaving.

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsabout 4 years ago

    Stunning, a beautiful subject

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    lovely portrait work Karen

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    January 30,2011

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