Contrast of Line





The contrast in line from solid, heavy marks to hair thin flicks characterise the brush control seen in Chinese calligraphy. The lively gestures and confident, immediate lines tell a story even without the ability to read the characters.


In some areas the fine lines are implied by the tapering ends of a quick gesture.


These marks were made by a brush and ink in the 1700’s, but the lively human character of the strokes gives the feeling they have only just been finished.

Qian Chenqun (1686-1774) Caligraphy (detail)

These fishing trawlers require a complex arrangement of booms, spas, rigging and antennas to do their job. The variation in thickness, direction, length and tone builds up a chaotic confusion of contrasting lines that echo the frantic activity of the harbour.

“Vancouver Trawlers” – John Lovett 2014


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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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