ANTARCTICA

Heading South from the tip of South America, we crossed, an oddly calm,  Drake Passage and continued down into the Antarctic Peninsular. We had a number of sea days with no land in sight, but much bird and marine life to observe between painting sessions.

Once into the Antarctic Peninsular Icebergs drifted by as we passed through unimaginably spectacular scenery

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Cape Petrels

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Giant Petrel

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Wandering Albertros

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Scientists from one of the research stations boarding the Zaandam for lectures

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Argentine research station
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Chilean research station – surrounded by penguins

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Our painting room on the Zaandam had huge windows, so as we worked, we could watch the landscape drift by.

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CORNWALL & THE COTSWOLDS

What a treat to have two weeks painting in Cornwall and The Cotswolds. Beautiful little villages, quaint stone buildings, historic old fishing ports and, amazingly, fantastic weather!

© John Lovett 2018 Rowing Boats – Stratford_Upon_Avon

© John Lovett 2018 Arden Hotel

© John Lovett 2018 Early morning – Cotswold country side

© John Lovett 2018 Painting in a meadow – Stow-on-the-Wold

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© John Lovett 2018 Hobbit door – Stow on the Wold

© John Lovett 2018 Cotswolds – thatched roofs and stone walls

© John Lovett 2018 Horse trail through the woods

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© John Lovett 2018 Painting at Dartmouth Harbour

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© John Lovett 2018 Dartmouth as the tide goes out.

© John Lovett 2018 Ploughed fields and hedges

© John Lovett 2018 Painting on the jetty at Polperro

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© John Lovett 2018 Fishing boats – Polperro

© John Lovett 2018 Mevagissey Harbour

© John Lovett 2018This beautiful old fishing boat was to be our painting subject, but the thought of being scrutinised by 20 painters was too much. She sailed off just as we were about to start!

© John Lovett 2018 Clouds over Mevegissey

© John Lovett 2018 Small boats ferrying visitors to St Michael’s Mount at high tide.

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© John Lovett 2018 Painting from the Hoe, Plymouth – From here, Sir Francis Drake watched the Spanish Armada drift past the mouth of the harbour as he finished his game of bowls.

© John Lovett 2018Dining in Plymouth

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© John Lovett 2018Plymouth Prawn

TANQUE VERDE RANCH

Just outside Tucson, Arizona, is the Sonoran Desert. Tanque Verde Ranch is situated in the desert and joins the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The ranch was our venue for an enjoyable 5 day painting workshop organised by MISA.

Tanque Verde Ranch was a large cattle property in the early days, but now runs around 200 horses for visitors to explore the many desert riding trails.


Old, now abandoned, homestead.


Original Homestead


One of the ranches horse wranglers


Desert riders – heading for the blueberry pancake breakfast overlooking the mountains


Desert Bunny


Wagon from the wild wild west


Cowboy singer at a dinner under the cottonwoods – only sang cowboy songs.

Javelinas.


Wrangler with his horse


Outside the wranglers Quarters.


Horse yards


I love these American cowboy saddles.


Used horseshoes


Black and White, Red and Brown

Big old French Percheron


Wranglers Ropes


Tired and dusty


Desert Bathtub


Across the desert to the mountains

Saguaro Cactus

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Sticks from the dead Saguaro cactus used for building.

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Cactus Flower

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Humming Bird

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Gambel’s Quail

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Happy Horses

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Tanque Verde Ranch accomodation

TRAVELING WITH WATERCOLOR

NEW ARTICLE

One of the great pleasures of traveling is documenting the things we encounter. Not only do we accumulate a collection of paintings and sketches that become lasting memories of where we have been and what we have seen, but we also tend to observe much more by stopping and painting.

Check out the Article – 10 Tips I have found useful when traveling and painting.

If you have any helpful travel tips for painting, add them below in the comments.

https://www.johnlovett.com/traveling-with-watercolor

Traveling Watercolor equipment

VIETNAM 2017

There is nothing like the chaos of Hanoi to jolt a visitor into the strangely functional confusion of Vietnam. We had a couple of days in Hanoi to adjust to the pace of Vietnam before heading north to the mountain village of Sapa.

A low pressure system off the coast made the weather less than perfect, but we managed to find sheltered painting locations and were lucky to have a fine day to walk through the Hmong Valley and do some sketching.

From Sapa we travelled by coach back to Hanoi then flew on to Da Nang where we were taken by bus to Hoi An and the luxury of the Anantara Hotel.© John Lovett 2017
Rice Paddys near Hanoi

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Hanoi Back Street

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Electrical repair workshop – Hanoi

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Hanoi Flower Vendor

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How many flowers can you pack on to a motor scooter?

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Portable kitchen – Hanoi
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Party Time – Hanoi street bar

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Midnight peak hour – Hanoi

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Hanoi Rain

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Coke and Hot dogs – Hanoi

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Unidentified Delicacys – Hanoi

© John Lovett 2017Stainless steel tuk tuk

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Mother and five chicks – Hanoi

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Small police wagon – Hanoi

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Hot water, Pumps, Microwave specialist – Hanoi

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Dangerous Verandah – Hanoi

 

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Dangerous front yard – Hanoi

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Mix your own paint.

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Most of the Hanoi motorcycles are pretty mundane, but there are some stand out models.

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Sapa Evening

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Sapa Duck

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Rice paddy fire – Hmong Valley

 

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Crazy Dancing Chicken

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Hmong Valley

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Black Hmong woman with pedal sewing machine.

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Grant sketching in Hmong Valley

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Sapa – small buildings replaced by tall skinny ones

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Our painting group with Hmong women models – Sapa Markets

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Hmong Women sewed busily while we sketched

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Water everywhere as we left Sapa.

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Hoi An

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Rosa hijacks a river boat to get us to the Red Bridge Cooking School

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Net Casting – Hoi An

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Red Bridge Cooking School – where we all became excellent Vietnamese chefs.

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Painting by the river on the verandah of an abandoned building – Hoi An.

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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

SAN GIMIGNANO

After a great week in Cinque Terre we wound our way up over the mountains and on to Lucca to do some painting, then it was off to San Gimignano for the rest of the workshop. We painted in the the old town and also in the hill town of Volterra. We also managed a day trip to Florence to see the city and the Uffizi Gallery.  dsc00172 We had good weather most of the time in San Gimignano, which was great for painting. The couple of wet days made the town look amazing with reflections, umbrellas and spectacular skies.

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dsc00179The proprietor of the “Best Gelato shop in the world” describes, with passion, the  greatness of his product to a barrage of cameras

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The last day of the workshop we were treated to a typical Tuscan feast – plenty of Beer, Wine and Food and lots of stories of the adventures from the past two weeks.

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Certificates were presented…

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…and, of course, selfies taken to remember what was a great workshop.