BLACKALL, QLD WORKSHOP

Like to do a painting workshop in Outback Queensland?
Join me for a great 5 day workshop hosted by the Blackall Cultural Association.
29th July – 3rd August 2014

Limited numbers, so book early.

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Out There… with John Lovett
29th July – 3rd August 2014
Blackall, Queensland

Details and Booking form

BACK FROM TASMANIA

Our last week in Tasmania was spent along the north coast. We camped on the beach a few kilometres east of Stanley. What an amazing sight early in the morning as the sun came up.

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We met Gus in Bothwell. He is from Bend in Oregon where we have conducted a couple of workshops with Art in The Mountains.

Gus came to Australia, got himself a 1956 Landrover and is in the process of taking it to all the extremities of the country. Cape Byron, Mt Kosciusko and the Southern tip of Tasmania have been ticked off the list so far. When he leaves Tassie, he’s off to Cape York via Shark Bay, WA. Good luck Gus!guss

This outdoor kitchen seems to have escaped all the workplace health and safety restrictions. They did save a lot of space by installing it the electricity metre box.

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Oatlands cricket nets

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Sunrise Reeds

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Camped by the river in Rossross

No matter how hard we looked, we couldn’t find a Thylacine, but we did stumble across these little critters in our search.

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Shooting things is popular in some areas of Tasmania – maybe thats why we had such trouble finding a thylacine.

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Back across Bass Straight, we spent a few days in Melbourne before heading home via the Hay Plains, One Tree Hotel and Bourke.

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The weather turned foul north of One Tree. Pulling off the road quickly bogged us down to the axle. A shovel, frantic digging and a lot of encouragement and advice from the passenger window, soon saw us on our way

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The further east we travelled the more saturated the country became. From Brewarrina home all unsealed roads were closed so it was a quick trip back along the bitumen.

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WORKSHOP DEMOS

Here are some of the demo paintings from the Tasmanian workshop.

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Cray Boats moored in the bay at Bicheno – Gesso, Gouach and Phthalo Blue

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Further around the bay at Bicheno are rock formations covered in brilliant orange lichen

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Old boat sheds at Coles Bay made a great subject – interrupted briefly by the retrieval of a dozen yellow kayaks paddled into the bay.

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Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain is a spectacular sight. We were lucky to be able to paint it – the mountains are usually blanketed in thick fog.

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Hobart Waterfront – watercolor, ink, gesso and gouache

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Macquarrie Harbour from the hotel balcony, Strahan.

TASMANIA

Two weeks in Tasmania and not a sign of rain! The workshop was great and all the foul weather plans were unnecessary – talk about lucky. After we all said goodbye in Launceston, Dianne and I found our truck in the car park of Launceston Airport and headed south to explore some more of Tasmania.port arthur

Port Arthur from the cold waters of the bay.

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Oatlands Mill

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Island of the Dead – Port Arthur

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Hells Gate Lighthouse on a rare sunny day.

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Six obedient seagulls – Bruny Island

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Long forgotten graves

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Fog towards Cradle Mountain

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Winter wood – New Norfolk

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Convict graves – Ross

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Low Head lighthouse

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Ripples on the Gordon River

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Shop Dummy – Ross

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Painting at Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain

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Architectural Minimalness -Oatlands

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Bichneo fishing boats

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Architectural Practicalness – Zeehan

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Banks of the Tamar

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Cheap Beer

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Port Arthur get away car

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Archictectural Impressiveness – Ross

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Architectural Awesomeness – Rosebury

BACK FROM THE COLD

Our workshop in Maldon was a lot of fun. An enthusiastic group, fresh baked cakes and biscuits, brewed coffee, Pub down the road, what more could we ask for – and Julienne arranged for us to stay in the beautiful old miners cottage we enjoyed last time.

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Maldon

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Morning cobweb

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Miners Cottage

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Lulu

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Resident Chook #2

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Garden Roses

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After leaving Maldon we headed up into the mountains. After almost an hours wait, a shaft of sunlight finally hit this hill in front of an amazing Indigo sky.

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Same sky, different hill

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Once above Falls Creek the temperature dropped, fog rolled in and we were surrounded by snow – Unusual for November in Australia.

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We intended to ride our bikes to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko, but when we arrived at Charlottes Pass it was bitterly cold with rain and sleet –  visibility was next to nil, so our plan was put on hold.

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The fog and wet weather sure made the snow gums look spectacular.

IF8A7819Leaving Charlottes Pass, we camped a night at Thredbo then on to the Murray River

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Grass trees

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Further North, the clouds cleared and the temperature started to climb

CORDOBA & GRANADA

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Heading south, the Spanish countryside becomes more densely packed with olive trees and much of the architecture has a strong islamic influence.

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In Cordoba, horses are taught to dance…

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…or transport visitors around the town

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The Mezquita and the Cathedral of Cordoba is an amazing structure. After being blown away by the scale and beauty of the Mosque, you discover a huge Christian Cathedral right in the middle

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The decoration is mesmerising. The more you study it the more intricate it becomes.

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Cordoba Cathedral

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More Photos from Granada and the Alhambra.

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