About John Lovett

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John Lovett is a well known Australian artist working in watercolor and mixed media. His unique interpretation of his subject has a vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, vibrant color and strong sense of design.

John’s passion for his work and his open, easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. He regularly conducts workshops in Europe, USA and Australia. John is a contributing author to International Artist and Australian Artist magazines.


28 thoughts on “About John Lovett

  1. Looking forward to following your trip. Please keep me posted. Spent four weeks in Australia several years touring the country. Loved it. Any workshops coming up in the USA in the near future?
    Thanks, Bill Baykan Crest Hill IL, USA

    • Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for your comments. I’ll be uploading some more posts over the next few days.

  2. I saw some of your work (quite amazing, really) and it eventually led me to your profile. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to teach art. Bye.

    Sera V.

    • Hi Barbara,
      Glad you are enjoying the blog.
      I’m not sure how you add the little picture.
      When I set up the blog it was just one of the options put up by the online software.
      without setting up a blog, I’m not sure how you would do it.

  3. Hello, John:

    Your site is super! I was so inspired that I grabbed Intl. Artist, with your advert, raced to the Studio to see what I could do – a dismal failure. Come and pay Bermuda a visit and you’ll fall in love with the colours here and the light. Give me some details about your requirements for overseas workshops, if you are interested.

    Your list of ‘must have’ watercolours does not include a single green – did I miss something or can you explain, please.

    Warm regards,


    • Thanks Emma,
      Glad you are enjoying the website.
      The reason I don’t use any pre mixed greens is that I’m terrified of them. I find green seems to invade a painting. By mixing from other pigments it allows much better control. I usually start with a dirty compound green then, if necessary, use some Phthalo Blue and Indian Yellow to give it more intensity. The greens in the FISHERMENS HUTS post were mixed this way. Hope this helps

  4. John ———–
    Just superb stuff – photographically – and a sensitive, yet robust use of water colour which is quthentic and direct . It stands for itself.joining a rich history of Watercolour from the 18th and 19th Centuries in England. Cotman ,Constable – Turner, Palmer etc etc…… why are you not better known ?
    The Wetlands provide extraordinary, elusive images. I look forward to my month in Darwin- February during the height of the Monsoon season= then return to Fremantle where – even though Ancient – I continue painting and exhibiting – since 1962 at the Royal West of England Academy,Bristol UK – – What a landscape. we have here in OZ – been into some remote places during my thirty five years here -I had a Retrospective at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery in 1997 – the Northern Territory i find the most exciting stimulus for my continuing work . Your work -simply – great.
    Sincerely Gareth [Morse ]

    • Thanks Gareth for your kind comments.
      I have never visited the Top End during the wet but am determined to do so one day.
      It is an amazing place even in the middle of the dry. I can only imagine what it must be like with all that water and black stormy skies.
      All the best for your month in Darwin and I hope it inspires some great paintings.

    • Ahoy Gareth Morse! Son of Bristol’s Q Williams here – writing from Inazawa City, Japan where I am teaching for a few years – Excuse me if I gush a little – I would like to say that Your teaching opened my eyes to the infinity of expressive art, gave me encouragement, sharpened an inquiring mind, and gave me the will to pursue my art for a lifetime thus far (now 51) – from those early lessons at Henbury – where yourself and Peter Eveley would argue art theories back and forth in a most inspiring and educative manner. I learned that the colour red was just “as red as you wanted it to be” – and through that lesson in creative willpower and personal inner vision many dreamed of things have come to pass in my life. I really want to say thankyou – and have been looking for you online for ages. After dropping out of artschool, I became a musician and have since worked with artists and musicians from many cultures all over the globe, and taught composition wherever the powers that be would allow. Went to see my 40 cousins in Ammanford recently – 40 thousand shades of green on the mountain – Q is fine and now “an old man mad with painting” as I imagine are you. RSVP and here’s wishing you all the best in OZ – if I stay here too long I’ll forget my language, I’m sure you know that feeling!

  5. Why I love the internet. Making new discoveries, finding new things to enjoy. Great looking work. Really inspirational.

    All the best to you.
    Mark Fearing

  6. Dear John Lovett – I hope you don’t mind my using your wonderful page to send word to a very special teacher of mine. We all have someone who opened the door for us to the magical worlds of art – and Gareth Morse did that for me, in the ’70s – shaping my mind and thoughts and introducing us to the great narratives and notions in the history of painting … I can hear his voice now – “Giotto – he could paint a perfect circle with one brushstroke” – and getting us to see the world as a cubist might – then produce cubist work – he also let us play pop records in class – much to the Head’s chagrin. Once, he said For your homework, watch Star Trek – next lesson we will be painting scenes from the programme … as you can imagine, this wa dynamite for 13 year-olds!

  7. I am very interested in taking the Wisconsin(USA) workshop(2011). Is it possible to put my name on the registration list now? Thanks, Mike

  8. Hi John, have been admiring your work for a long time now – your Italian pics and paintings are inspirational.
    Question: Do you run workshops in Qld at all? If so (and when would you have time I ask) when?

    • Hi Loi,
      Glad you enjoyed the Italian Pictures.
      I occasionally do a workshop for the Qld. Watercolor Society and, at odd times, a one week workshop in my studio. No dates at the moment, but I will add your name to the email list and let you know when the next one is coming up.

  9. hi John , really love your work, been wanting to purchase your dvd for awhile now but continuously can’t access the buy the dvd site> please help! only your blog site is accessible, thanx

    • Hi Megan,
      Sorry you have had trouble ordering the splashingpaint DVD. I checked everything from my end and all is working well. You may have had a bad connection. If the link above doesn’t work let me know and I will send you an email with a direct link.

  10. I love your watercolor paintings! I came across your site after searching for images of potted geraniums. I lovingly water mine every day here in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. When I’m not gardening I’m trying to figure out WordPress for blogging on Biblical Hebrew, which I teach, and Henry David Thoreau, whom I’m researching.

    I wish you much ongoing success and a great workshop trip.

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