CENTRAL AUSTRALIA WORKSHOP

A couple of weeks before Winter is the perfect time to be in Central Australia. The days are warm and sunny, the nights are still mild and the chance of rain is close to zero.

We flew to Alice Springs via Sydney which took us across the top of the Simpson Desert. It is amazing how big and empty it looks from 11000 meters.© John Lovett 2017

 

We also crossed the Birdsville and Strzelecki tracks that we drove down last year

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Flying over the MacDonnall Ranges shows just how ancient and distorted the landscape is in that part of the country.

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When we arrived in Alice Springs we met our Bus driver Natalie and her awesome big Mercedes Bush Bus. She was passionate and enthusiastic, showing us all there was to see around Alice Springs, the Western MacDonnalls and Uluru Katajuta.

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Our first stop was Glen Helen Lodge. We based ourselves there and visited the gorges of the West MacDonnall Ranges. A great spot with fantastic food and a view from our cabin door to die for.

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Late afternoon Glen Helen

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Piano with boots

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I took  a helicopter ride over the Glen Helen Gorge/ Ormiston Pound. These ranges sure are impressive from the air.

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Ringneck Parrot

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Ellery Creek Big hole

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Painting at Ormiston Gorge

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Ochre Pits

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Standley Chasm

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We were lucky enough to be at Uluru for the annual camel races. The traditional Calcutta is held at the pub the night before race day. Lots of excitement and some hefty prices paid for these racing dromedaries.

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The races were wild and crazy – Camels seem to have limbs all over the place when they run…  © John Lovett 2017

…handsome animals though!

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The day following the races we spent the morning painting at the camel farm. Some of these animals looked to be suffering severe, post race,  hangovers.

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Sturt’s Desert Pea       © John Lovett 2017

 

Mutitjulu Waterhole

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Walking through Bruce Munro’s Field of Lights installation was disorienting and fantastic

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Shallow water in Lake Amadeus.

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Herons at Glen Helen  © John Lovett 2017

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NEW ARTICLE

Painting Water
I don’t know what it is about painting water, but for some reason its calm, horizontal suggestion in a painting always seems to draw a viewer in. Here are some useful tips for painting water.

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WA WORKSHOPS

Western Australia’s mining boom might have slowed, but our recent visit showed a state still prosperous and positive, despite the economic downturn. Our first workshop was in Mandurah, 70km south of Perth. A spacious well lit venue in the RAAFA complex kept us busy and dry in the cold squally outside conditions.

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In this demo the subject is finely detailed in contrast to the simple, understated foreground. A rough meandering brushstroke and pale splash of Cobalt Blue take the eye through the empty foreground and up to the focal point.

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Placing muted colors in a field of grey, built up with a series of washes, gives the feeling of dampness and clearing rain.

SYD_4340x Washes of Phthalo Blue through the water and over part of the buildings tightens up color harmony and allows the warm focal area to dominate.

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In Bunbury an old, heritage listed school building right in the middle of town has been handed over to a number of art groups as a permanent venue. The light was great and the old school had a fantastic character.

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An interesting subject treated in a simple, graphic way. Disregarding perspective and focusing on the composition and simple color arrangement amplifies the character of these uncomplicated, white washed buildings.

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Breaking waves are always fun to paint. Phthalo Blue and Green, Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and Indian Yellow create the unmistakable color of the West Australian surf.

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Another simple, graphic approach – no perspective or surrounding clutter to take away from the weathered patina of this sea weary fishing trawler up on slips.

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In Perth our workshop venue was spacious, well lit and not far from the city. We did three two day workshops, so new faces seemed to pop up all the time.

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This weathered sandstone outcrop is full of color and texture. Eliminating most of the foreground and background gives the monolithic outcrop an understated simplicity. Ultramarine Blue gouache  dropped into the shadows contrasts with the warm orange and makes the shadows much more vibrant.SYD_4338x A predominantly warm color arrangement made from Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose and Indian Yellow  is relieved by Ultramarine Blue in the sky and small patches of Phthalo Blue tinted with White Gouache in the buildings. A simple abstract mark leads the eye across the open foreground and up to the focal point. trawler
Small calligraphic marks either side of this resting trawler suggest buildings, jetties and nautical paraphernalia without being too descriptive. This simplicity contrasts with the apparent detail in the trawler to engage the viewer and make the painting more interesting.

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This ancient pair of garden shears make a fantastic painting subject. Years of wear and tear plus numerous adjustments, to make them as comfortable as they are practical, have given them a character way beyond their original appearance.

Join me in capturing that character using just three colors and a handful of brushes, pens and pencils.

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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.

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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…

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VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER

Following our week in Annecy, we headed south by coach, via Avignon, to Villefranche Sur Mer, an historic town between Nice and Monaco on the Côte d’Azur

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FRAN1780Villefranche Sur Mer Sculpture by the sea

FRAN1709Enjoying the scenery – Annecy to Ville Franche sur mer

DSC06973Pondering history – a Kronenbourg, Exile on Main Street and Villa Nellcote straight across the Bay.

DSC06988A happy man with a half bottle of Chianti not so Classico

DSC06989Eleanor and a plate of Mediterranean delicacies.

DSC07005 DSC07015Our Hotel balcony was a hard place to leave.

DSC07089A quiet little square slowly transformed, by workmen and passing tour groups, to a place of confused chaos, but we pressed on with confidence and determination.

FRAN1698Pont d’Avignon

FRAN1752Pink Neon

FRAN1771Pathway to the water

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FRAN1786 Cocteau sculpture near the little church he decorated.

FRAN1787 Pink Chairs

FRAN1793 All of life’s luxuries packed into a spare plot of (very expensive) land.

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FRAN1850 Pink Roses

FRAN1853 Stacked market boxes

FRAN1860 Sweet, fresh and juicy

FRAN1918 Old Town, Nice

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FRAN1971  Negresco, Nice – Where Isadora Duncan fell victim to a long scarf and a Bugatti in 1927.FRAN1991

FRAN1995Fantastic Paintings – no photos inside – see it if you are in Antibes

 

 

LIMITED PALETTE

Carrying on from the “Painting on Location” article, this article on “Limited Palette” painting describes a simple little traveling paint kit that takes up no room and produces great results.
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