Monday, June 6, 2011

Painting with a REALLY ugly brush

What a wonderful day! I started my first day with John Lovett at Dillman's resort in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

The first photo is our ugly brushes.
A gift from John for each student.

It is VERY hard to find such a seemingly useless brush!!! But darn if it does work just great! Who would have guessed!!!

Next is my first painting with John (with the flag and the flowers), then
John's demo for today (with the boat) and last a photo of John painting.

John is a very lo-key teacher...always happy to answer questions and help you with your work.

He spent the first morning going over materials and techniques that are signatures for his style of painting which basically watercolor but with a multi-media approach! We did everything from glue
rice paper on to the paper (Arches 140# quarter sheets) to use all kinds of pencils (charcoal is two colors, watercolor pencils such as Inktense, and pastel pencils. And we also made use of old-fashioned dip pens and acrylic ink! We use gouache and gesso on the paintings too.

Like most workshops by 4 pm I was brain dead. It is also 86 degrees here! How this happened in the north woods I have not a clue.

We have AC in the studio so we are very comfy and I live right on a lake so we are comfy too.

I am all set for day 2 but I need a GOOD night's sleep.


  1. Wow, Ginny! Looks like you're doing great in this workshop! Love the flag & flowers! I'm itching to get to a workshop.

  2. WOW.....looks like a fun time, wish I was there!