John Lovett

The Power of Suggestion - Watercolor and Mixed Media

June 17-22, 2018 (Four and a Half Teaching Days)

Often, it's the things not fully described that give a painting the ability to captivate and hold a viewer. In this workshop we will focus on balancing a region of sharp, focused, detail with areas of simple, understated suggestion. This contrast will give our paintings more impact and better engage the viewer. We will use a range of exciting techniques combining watercolor, ink, charcoal, gouache and gesso to inject those captivating areas of understated mystery into our paintings. The workshop is suitable for all skill levels. We will work hard and have a lot of fun. I will provide painting subjects and will do at least two demonstration paintings each day. After each demo I will walk around the class assisting students with their work.

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Prominent Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, Australia in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, Australia and has been painting professionally since 1979.

John works in oils, acrylics and watercolour, but his preferred medium is watercolor and mixed media. As John states: "For me, the unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of watercolour make it the most exciting and expressive medium of all. The opportunity to meander somewhere between mastery and complete lack of control during the course of a painting make it one of the most engaging mediums. This, plus the fact that it is quick, clean and portable, got me in thirty years ago and my enthusiasm has been growing ever since." John's paintings express an emotional depth that makes his work distinctive. While most of his work depicts to some extent, places or objects, the real subject is always less tangible an idea or sound, a time of day or a momentary incident. This unique interpretation of his subject has a vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, color and strong sense of design.

John travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment is reflected in his work. His travels have taken him to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Asia and the USA. These places have provided John with new inspiration for his work. The different light and atmosphere, plus the strong undertones of history, culture and architecture, have provided a catalyst for new, exciting images.

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.

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.

Publications include:

  • John Lovett's Textures, Techniques and Special Effects for Watercolor.  Publisher International Artist
  • Watercolor for the Fun of It Getting Started.  Publisher Northlight Books.
  • A Series of 10 minute Watercolor Instruction DVD's in association with International Artist magazine.
  • Splashing Paint a 2 hour instructional DVD

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: $675
(Tiered pricing not available)
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
NEW Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/17
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 6/18-6/21
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/21
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/22
Breakfast On Own
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Half Day of Instruction
Lunch On Own
Check-out of accommodations by 10:00 a.m. ( Accommodations are not provided Friday night.)
You are welcome to use the studio until 4 p.m. However, instruction will end at 1 p.m.

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.