NEW ARTICLES

A couple of new articles on johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com

Painting Workshops
Exploring interesting painting destinations with a group of like minded people is a wonderful experience. Whether you are a raw beginner or an experienced artist, painting workshops are a great way to hone your skills, meet new people and have a lot of fun.

painting-on-location

Paint Big!
Aluminium composite panel allows you to paint watercolor and mixed media any size you like and also does away with the need for glass. Here’s how to do it…

composite-panel

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco was a busy couple of weeks – 10 workshop days and plenty of good restaurants, bars, shows and museums to see. Fantastic catching up with old friends and meeting new students from all over the US and beyond – a great couple of weeks.

USA16569 Powell street cable car

USA16568 Union Square

USA16547 Bay Bridge

USA16543 Fire Boat under the Bay Bridge

USA16528 Red’s Java House

USA16507 Jimi Hendrix’s Red House, Haight StreetUSA16506 Haight Street power pole –  staples accumulating since the 60’s.

Kombi

USA16498  Medicinal Dope – Haight Street

USA16055

USA16480 USA16466 Skull Exhibition – San Francisco Academy of Science

USA16412 Air Show over Alcatraz celebrating Fleet Week.USA16252 Blue Angels – doing crazy things very fast.

USA16221 USA16190 USA16129 The Stinking Rose – Garlic seasoned with food.

USA16092 Under the Golden Gate Bridge.

USA16497San Francisco is dotted with (mostly) immaculately kept Victorian architecture.USA16043 USA16031 Some awesome, but not so immaculate.USA16029 USA16022 How to squeeze more into a pickup truck than should really be possible.USA16010 USA15998 Jack’s Bar – Cannery building Fisherman’s Wharf.

USA15992Fog over the Golden Gate.

USA15977

NEW YORK

After our workshop at Dillmans we went New York to rest and relax before two San Francisco workshops. We didn’t do too much resting and relaxing, but had a mighty week with Dane and Zoe, visiting bars, galleries and restaurants all over Brooklyn and Manhattan.

DSC07415Greenpoint mural

USA15640Black Cadillac

USA15636

Metropolitan Ave

USA15253Dealers Merc

USA15946Brooklyn Mustang

USA15310New York Dolls

USA15290

USA15576Murray’s Cheese Bar

USA15483

USA15264Commute

USA15249Home Sick

DSC07448Under Williamsburg Bridge

USA15535$399 Divorce

USA15514Halloween

USA15432Bridge across the Hudson

USA15502Manhattan Kindergarten

USA15539Brooklyn cat yard

USA15496

USA15466

USA15780Dome headed policemen

USA15732

USA15891MOMA PS1 Retrospective – Xavier Le Roy

USA15805Time Square selfies

USA15617

USA15593Birthday Beers

USA15538Brooklyn campervan

USA15528Airstream

USA15959

ACROSS THE ROCKIES

The drive across the Rocky Mountains, from Banff to Vancouver, has to be one of the most spectacular drives on earth. With Lyla’s knowledge of all of the out of the way attractions and the leather lined comfort of a big BMW, it was fantastic experience.USA14515

USA14438 USA14452 USA14455  USA14521 USA14531 USA14563 USA14566

Vancouver is a beautiful city. It’s waterside parks looked pretty dramatic with the Fall colors and backdrop of surrounding mountains.

USA14684 USA14691 USA14693

USA14698 USA14744 Shannon Falls shrouded in fog.

USA14767
Vancouver fish markets and harbour

USA14797 USA14798 USA14832Granville Island cement hoppers

USA14853 USA14862

USA15070
Camouflaged Hire car took us inconspicuously through the Northwoods of Wisconsin to Dillmans at Lac Du Flambeau.

USA15078
Dillmans Bay Resort

USA15082 USA15088

DSC07406Dillmans Workshop

ALBERTA SNOW

Right now in Canada trees should be turning brilliant colors, temperatures should be starting to fall and preparations for winter should be just around the corner. We arrived in brilliant sunshine, enjoyed that for a couple of days then woke up to a huge dump of out of season September snow. Overnight temperatures dropped to minus 10 degrees, roads were closed, power supplies were interrupted and tree limbs littered the streets – inconvenient for the local residents but an amazing site for us.

IF8A3614
Twisted foothills of the Rocky Mountains

IF8A3642 Elbow River
IF8A3666
These guys are the double decker bus version of a domestic cow

IF8A3681 IF8A3689
Wyeth like.

IF8A3712
Warm fire on a cold night at Lyla and John’s

USA13811 USA13845 USA13934
USA14033
Small lake in the mountains above Banff

USA14040 USA14050
Mountain Goats learning to eat rocks

USA14085 USA14114 USA14237
Driving through the snow covered prairies north of Calgary was a fantastic sight – soft, bleak and grey.

USA14283

USA14295

USA14322

USA14263 Canadian optimism  –  Solar powered stop sign  USA14331

USA14233
Badlands

USA14340
Winter wood

USA14337-001

USA14354
Kila

USA14364

USA14386

CARNARVON GORGE / BLACKALL

A workshop in Blackall provided a great excuse to head off a couple of weeks early and spend some time in the Carnarvon Gorge / Salvator Rosa area of central Queensland before settling in for the workshop.

gorgeCarnarvon Gorge is a spectacular collection of sheer sandstone cliffs, narrow side gorges and pockets of rainforest.

 

BLAC2978Light spills briefly into one of the damp, narrow side gorges.

BLAC2997Palms and ferns grow in the protected pockets of the main gorge.

BLAC3004x_1Strangler figs engulf anything in their path.

BLAC3011The surrounding country side is in the grip of drought, but permanent springs keep the creeks and waterholes in the gorge full of water.

BLAC3045Strange textured fungus.

BLAC3083After a few days exploring Carnarvon Gorge we looped around to the North and came back into the western end of the Carnarvon Ranges at Salvator Rosa. The access roads quickly become impassable as soon as rain falls. With no prediction of rain we were confused heading into this looming black sky. It turned out to be a mixture of suspended dust and smoke from nearby fires. It made for an amazing orange light as the sun set.

BLAC3086

BLAC3089

BLAC3091

BLAC3126Exploring some of the tracks around Salvator Rosa was hard peddling in the sand and bulldust, but a lot of fun.

BLAC2830

BLAC3127The fine bulldust mixed with coarse sand make this kangaroo’s footprint so detailed you can even see the texture of the pads on his foot.

arts centerWe left Salvator Rosa and headed via Tambo to Blackall where we stayed in the Living Arts Centre for the workshop.

The Living Arts Centre was formerly a hostel for school students from the outlying stations. Students now attend boarding schools in the city, so the premises has been converted to accommodation and studios.

DSC07191The studios are spacious and filled with light. Our painting was punctuated by excursions to numerous places of interest around Blackall. We visited “Alice Downs” where Jacky Howe broke the record for blade shearing – 321 sheep in 7 hours and 20 minutes back in 1892. The record still stands today. We enjoyed great meals supplied by the “Marmaladies” from Blackall and also dined at a number of restaurants around the town, including a memorable feast, slow cooked in a wood stove at the wool scour.

BLAC3201Another local hero was Roy Dunne, who jumped his goat, Nugget, over a 3’6″ bar in 1905 – another world record feat.

BLAC3183

 

BLAC3191

BLAC3194Mustering cattle for the Thursday cattle sale in Blackall.

 

BLAC3185Long neglected fuel pump.

BLAC3296xStu Benson first drove cattle at the age of 12 and has been a proud Blackall resident all his life. His stories of the town and knowledge of the area are captivating.

BLAC3376

BLAC3407xHypnotic local goats.

BLAC3453Blackall wool scour – amazing steam driven chaos brought back to life.
Many thanks to Sally Campbell and her enthusiastic helpers for a fantastic workshop in Blackall.