CINQUE TERRE

A week in Cinque Terre is a great introduction to an Italian workshop. Great food and wine, beautiful scenery and friendly people. We spent our days moving between the villages painting and sketching. Villa Adriana, where we stayed for the week, provided excellent meals – although Antipasto, Pasta, Main and Dessert were more than most of us could handle!

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What I thought was an ideal place to paint in Riomaggiore turned out to be the only place wide enough for delivery vans to turn around, so lots of juggling easels in between washes.

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© John Lovett 2016Monterosso – Small truck pees on sidewalk.

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© John Lovett 2016Cliffs near Monterosso

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Blue Umbrellas – Vernazza

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WISCONSIN

Another great workshop at Dillmans Bay Resort. A fantastic group of people, beautiful surroundings, lots of painting in a big well lit studio and wining and dining in the surrounding towns. What a lot of fun.

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HOI AN

 

The old town of Hoi An stretches out along the Song Thu Bon River. A mixture of Chinese, French Colonial, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture give the ancient town an interesting character. The central markets run from before dawn till after dark. Every imaginable vegetable is available. Some weird cuts of meat, live ducks, chickens, fish, prawns and crabs are also for sale. Everything is fresh each day and the activity is mesmerising.Image © John Lovett 2015
Old Japanese Bridge

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Fresh Fish

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Meat and Cigarettes

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River Sunrise

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For a few dollars this old lady will ferry you across the river.

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Morning Fishermen

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Boats along the River

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Fresh Frogs

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River Boatman (Hums Tom Waits Tunes)

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Cast net Fisherman

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Purple lanterns.

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Cigarettes and Incense Image © John Lovett 2015
Purple Lanterns and Bougainvillea Image © John Lovett 2015
Fishing Fleet

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Red Bridge cooking School where we cooked ourselves a feast and all became Vietnamese cooking experts.Image © John Lovett 2015
Lunar Festival Dinner

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Lunar Festival Paper Lanterns

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Lunar festival

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Wooden boats

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Afternoon Market

Image © John Lovett 2015Colored Lanterns.

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

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

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Vancouver fish markets and harbour

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

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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

BARCELONA

Everything is extreme in Barcelona – the food,  the fashion, the bars, the music and the architecture.

Antoni Gaudi’s amazing buildings dot the city and have become some of  the city’s major tourist attractions.

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Sagrada Familia – still under construction after 120 years.

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Barcelona balconies – making a medieval facade look like a Gaudi facade.

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Some of the architecture prior to Gaudi was pretty wild and elaborate too.

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9:30 at night and the city starts to come alive – bars and restaurants start to fill around 10 or 11 and crowds are heading home as the sun comes up.

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Nail Polish pink Vesper.

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Man with dog and sidecar.

The Barcelona Maritime Museum had an exhibition of giant puppets used for festival performances in the city. It’s a weird feeling standing next to these huge papier mâché figures, twice the height of an average human.

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Sailing into Barcelona Harbour.

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Tiring work selling candles.

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Ham in Spain is an art form. Jamón de bellota, made from acorn-fed black-footed Spanish pigs fetches up around 200 Euro/kg for the best quality. The markets in Barcelona have hams ranging from thirty Euro/kg upwards and the vendors are happy to coax you into purchasing by slicing off tasty samples.

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Barcelona’s Maritime museum is housed in beautiful old ship building warehouses near the waterfront.

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This is a replica of the Royal Galley which was built in Barcelona in 1568 and was the dominant warship in the Mediterranean up until the 17th Century. The ship was 60 meters long and powered by 59 oarsmen.

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Inside the galley is not near as impressive as outside.

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Subtle Spanish sneakers.

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Barcelona Beach architecture.

VENETIAN BOATS

Boats in Venice are long, skinny and stylish. They vary slightly depending on what function they perform.

Traditional ,cool and stylish

Fast and stylish.

Fast, wooden and stylish.

Yellow Vaporetto.

Airport taxi.

Cool and wooden.

High speed transport

Service station

Italian Cool

Foreign invader

Two men in boat with a pole.

Ugly

Sewerage barge

Work barge

Happy work boat

Black vaporetto.

Goods barge

Courier Barge

Garbage Barge

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Old Vaporetto

Middle aged vaporetto

Very long boat

Color coordinated delivery barge

Work Barge Figure Head.