Gradation of Tone





Zheng Xie’s painting of bamboo and rocks uses tonal gradation to suggest depth and perspective. Simply diluting the ink would have pushed the distant leaves further back, but by also softening some of the lines (particularly the fine vertical stems) the feeling of depth is simple and beautiful.

Zheng Xie (1693-1765) “Bamboo and Rock” (Detail)


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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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