CONTRASTING BRUSH MARKS

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Contrasting Brush Marks

There is a great pleasure in loading up a large brush with a mixture of strong dark pigment and quickly working some big, confident marks over the first washes of a painting     …More

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Looking forward to some great workshops coming up – Australia, Canada, USA and Italy…

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Currumbin Studio Workshop – May 28 – 29 2016

Kelowna, BC, Canada – 2 day workshop on 2nd and 3rd July 2016

Wisconsin USA – 5 day June 12-18 2016

Cinque Terre/San Gimignano – Italy, Sept. 5-17 2016.

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.

© John Lovett

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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.

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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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New $9.95 Instant Video Project

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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The great thing about this project is the fact that so few materials are needed and the results are surprisingly detailed and emotive.

Check out the Project here

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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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