Ultramarine Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone Gold
Phthalo Blue
Burnt Sienna
White Gouache

1” Flat Brush
1/4” Flat Brush
1/2” Bristle Brush
3” Hake
#2 Rigger Brush

1/2 sheet Cold Pressed
Japanese Rice Paper
Burnt Sienna Ink & pen
Old Towel
Matt acrylic varnish

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Taking Risks

This Demonstration is aimed at getting you to go beyond where you feel comfortable and see where the painting takes you. It is more about reacting to what is happening on the paper in front of you. Use this painting as a starting point but don’t feel you should produce something looking any thing like this. This is your chance to experiment and have fun.


  • When things go wrong
    Painting in this manner is all about being receptive to what is happening. It is a continual process of reacting and adjusting. Things are sure to go wrong (just watch the demonstration!) It is the analysing and recovering that are theimportant things. No matter what happens there is a way to steer things back on course. If you don’t force yourself into these tricky situations, you will take forever to learn the valuable lesson “where do I go from here.” By taking risks and learning to cope with the problems that arise, you will quickly get to a point where you take control of the painting.

  • Substitute Colors
    Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold. Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have Phthalo Blue. PVA glue can be used if you don’t have Matt acrylic varnish


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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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