WEST TO WINTON

A workshop in Blackall and another spread between Longreach and Winton saw us load up the truck and head off to central Queensland for six weeks. The country was incredibly green after all the rain and flooding. Many roads were still closed and venturing off the bitumen was a slippery, muddy exercise.

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Silos on the road to Roma

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This old pub at Wallumbilla looks less than inviting soaked in rain and surrounded by mud, but the local graziers couldn’t be happier.

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Retirement green confusion – Morvan.

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Early morning – Morven waterhole

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Disused railway crane – Morven

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Camping out of Tambo was a little tricky – where there wasn’t grass there was thick, sticky mud.

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Sunrise through a layer of fog, Tambo

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Union Hotel Blackall – still sells cold beer, but not much else

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The weekly cattle sale in Blackall saw some fat’ healthy cattle, happy sellers and not so happy re-stockers.

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Lisa and Bruce, from one of the big sheep stations out of Blackall, invited us out to see the end of the shearing.

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These guys work flat out, fired up by loud, fast music, high demand and and a competitive attitude.

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Shearing their way through several thousand sheep is hard, back breaking work.

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Ancient Technology from the Isisford Picture Theatre.

Drowned caravans camped in the Barcoo River, Isisford. Ignore the locals at your peril.

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An empty paddock next to the old Langenbaker House in Ilfracombe made a great place to paint

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DC3 at the Qantas Museum Longreach

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Retired Catalina at the Qantas Museum

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Before the workshop in Winton, Dianne and I went out to the clay pans at Bladensburg to find a painting location

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Willy Mar’s old market garden store, Winton

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We painted Willy Mar’s old truck (now up on blocks next to his old market garden and store.

We spent a morning in the old Bladensburg woolshed painting the ancient wool press.

This was the demonstration painting I did. (Couldn’t help using Phthalo Green!)

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Looking west towards Winton – an unusual sea of lush, green grass

At the Winton Dinosaur Centre, volunteers work tirelessly separating rock from fossil to reconstruct the skeletons of dinosaurs.

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After the Winton workshop Dianne and I headed back out to Bladensburg to camp and watch the sun go down.

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Heading east, we found this lake with amazing sunsets and fantastic birdlife.

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Our camp, just visible from the top of a nearby hill

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Sunset one side, full moon the other.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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

vanazza church

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.

WORKSHOP DEMOS

Here are some of the demo paintings from the Tasmanian workshop.

Bicheno bay

Cray Boats moored in the bay at Bicheno – Gesso, Gouach and Phthalo Blue

Bicheno

Further around the bay at Bicheno are rock formations covered in brilliant orange lichen

Coles Bay

Old boat sheds at Coles Bay made a great subject – interrupted briefly by the retrieval of a dozen yellow kayaks paddled into the bay.

cradle mtn

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain is a spectacular sight. We were lucky to be able to paint it – the mountains are usually blanketed in thick fog.

Hobart

Hobart Waterfront – watercolor, ink, gesso and gouache

Straun

Macquarrie Harbour from the hotel balcony, Strahan.

NEW WEBSITE

After a lot of work my new Watercolor Workshop website has been launched. ( www.johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com )

There is all sorts of information to help you with your painting – Mixing Color, Drawing, Using Brushes, Presenting Your Work, Articles on all aspects of painting.

There are also a number of new Instant Video Projects available.

For just $9.95 you get unlimited access to a 10 minute HD video, complete step by step instructions and a detailed PDF Printout to guide you through the whole project. Check out the overview below

Have a look at the Instant Video Projects

WEEKEND STUDIO WORKSHOPS

Over the past two weekends I held a couple of 2 day workshops here in my studio. A lot of people, due to work commitments, find it hard to attend the 5 day workshops. We had an enthusiastic group both weekends and managed to do a lot of painting in between chatting, drinking coffee and eating cakes. The demonstration paintings below show a couple from each workshop.

Studio Workshop

junk

This was the first painting we did in one of the workshops. A simple subject, but lots of interesting colors and textures. We used a mixture of watercolor, gouache, ink, charcoal and inktense pencil.

pellestrina

Here I chose a more complicated subject, but broke it down into simple shapes, then went to town with the different colors and textures. The first washes were watercolor over charcoal lines, then gouache, ink and pastel were added. the intense blue of the boat hulls is Ultramarine Gouache.

pellestrina2

Another complicated subject treated in a simple way – playing around with washes while holding on to a clean, high contrast focal area.

window

This was the first demo in the second workshop. Again a simple subject with plenty of color and texture to play around with.

These workshops were a lot of fun and booked out very quickly, so we will run a couple more towards the end of the year. Mean time, there are still a few places left in the 5 day march workshops

VENICE WORKSHOP

Venice has to be one of  the most spectacular painting destinations in Italy. Standing on Rialto bridge and looking down the Grand Canal feels more like watching a bizarre movie than experiencing a thriving city.

We arrived in the afternoon and were rapidly transported to our hotel by water taxi.

Leaving Marco Polo Airport by water taxi is a chaotic experience. 110 Euro from the airport to the city means the drivers are pretty serious about getting the job done quickly.

Churning through the back alleys en route to Accademia Bridge

Painting on the grand canal.

Early morning along the canals

The last gondola workshop in Venice was just around the corner from our hotel … and right opposite a great little bar.

Everything is delivered by barges along the canals

A late afternoon storm blackened the sky behind Santa Maria della Salute making for some great photos.

Evening drinks along the waterfront

Interpreti Veneziana were performing at the San Vidal Church, 5 minutes from our hotel. Italian Baroque played with passion and enthusiasm – a fantastic night.

Burano Houses

Burano is famous for its lace making, but I think this guy is mending a fishing net.

WATERCOLOR HAMMERS

Over the past couple of weeks it has been pouring rain here, so I’ve been having a great time shut away in the studio painting hammers. It all started with the claw hammer and grew from there. Following through on an idea is a great way to build up a series of paintings. It gives you the chance to experiment with techniques, play around with the subject and not be too worried about the outcome. These were all done on paper with various combinations of Charcoal, Gesso, watercolor, gouache, ink and ocher powder.