John Lovett’s Splashing Paint DVD


John Lovett

 so I went back to his splashing paint DVD to do a couple of practice paintings.  These are bigger than usual at 18″x24″ and it is definitely easier to control the edges.


The reflections exercise.  The combination of the wet in wet trees overlaid with crisper edges and the final small twigs works well here I think.   Most is done with the bristle brush with details put in with a rigger.   Colors are the usual Lovett palette of antwerp blue (John actually uses phthalo which I find too overpowering),  burnt sienna, ultramarine and a dash of alizarin crimson.

10 thoughts on “John Lovett’s Splashing Paint DVD

  1. Hi Michele,
    as you are using this DVD can you please answer a couple of questions:
    – is any sped up time lapsed recording used in this video? Or everything is recorded in real time and without any gaps?
    – is any background music used that overlaps teacher’s voice and creates a distractions?

    There is no way to figure it out before paying full price for the DVD and then to discover that you can’t use it.
    Thank you in advance for your kind answers.

    Ted

    1. Hi Ted,

      So there isn’t any time lapse recording in this (which I don’t like) but there are edits and cuts in between stages. In particular there are cuts for the ‘boring’ bits where John has explained what he’s doing and then has finished off a wash or some blending. There is also sometimes some fairly unobtrusive music in the background while he’s explaining what he’s doing.

      I have to say this is one of my favorite videos (the others would be all of Charles Reid’s and Joseph Zbukvic’s). He does a good job of the whys and wherefores of edges and contrast and the different effects of the brushes he uses. However, if the music would bother you it may not be worth it.

      1. Hi Michele,
        thank you for your opinion, it really helped me to make my decision.
        I will take my chances and go with John’s DVD. I like his painting style very much and hope will learn something from him.

        All the best.
        Ted.

  2. Hi Michele,
    as you are using this DVD can you please answer a couple of questions:
    – is any sped up time lapsed recording used in this video? Or everything is recorded in real time and without any gaps?
    – is any background music used that overlaps teacher’s voice and creates a distractions?

    There is no way to figure it out before paying full price for the DVD and then to discover that you can’t use it.
    Thank you in advance for your kind answers.

    Ted

    1. Hi Ted,

      So there isn’t any time lapse recording in this (which I don’t like) but there are edits and cuts in between stages. In particular there are cuts for the ‘boring’ bits where John has explained what he’s doing and then has finished off a wash or some blending. There is also sometimes some fairly unobtrusive music in the background while he’s explaining what he’s doing.

      I have to say this is one of my favorite videos (the others would be all of Charles Reid’s and Joseph Zbukvic’s). He does a good job of the whys and wherefores of edges and contrast and the different effects of the brushes he uses. However, if the music would bother you it may not be worth it.

      1. Hi Michele,
        thank you for your opinion, it really helped me to make my decision.
        I will take my chances and go with John’s DVD. I like his painting style very much and hope will learn something from him.

        All the best.
        Ted.

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