Color Repetition





This simple composition relies on the repeating patches of blue and green to give it vitality and depth. The graduating size of the ripples gives the painting a feeling of perspective, while the contrast between the warm grey underpainting and the similar toned turquoise and blue ripples creates the shimmering effect on the water.

The eye follows the line of ripples from the bottom right to half way up the left hand side of the painting, where it is re directed by the distant band of Ultramarine leading to the dark shape of the headland. From here attention drops back down into the water where the circuit starts over again.

Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) “Attersee” (1900)

For a butterfly to survive moving from flower to flower in a field of dandelions requires clever camouflage. Echoing the shape and size of a dandelion is a great help, but repeating the flowers color is its number one defence.

Sulphur Butterfly on dandelion.


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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