Ultramarine Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone Gold
Phthalo Blue

1” Flat Brush
1/2” Bristle Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 or 1/8 sheet
Cold Pressed or Rough
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on

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Reflections in rippling water

Sometimes the best approach is understated suggestion rather than careful rendering. The boat is the subject here, all the reflection has to do is lead the eye up to the centre of interest while suggesting an expanse of broken water.


  • Restraint
    Don’t be tempted to over do the reflection. Remember it’s a subtle suggestion, we don't want it to compete with the centre of interest, just lead the eye up to it.

  • Sharp shapes
    The small geometric marks made with your 1/4” flat brush (shadows under jetty, boat windows and details etc.) should be kept as square and sharp as possible. Keeping your brush fairly upright will help stop the brush heel producing rounded corners

  • Substitute Colors
    Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold.


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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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