Posted by: Julie Duell | September 25, 2011


Greetings everyone!

Please note that I have refreshed many of the free lessons listed in Categories for anyone wishing to enjoy and explore the creative world of art! 

I am available through the Comments box and welcome your feedback.  Happy arting!

     Julie Duell … Australian Artist  B.1941


 To find the FREE ART LESSONS  …  GO TO MENU CATEGORIES & CLICK ON  YOUR CHOICE  OF SUBJECT.  You need to then click on the heading to fully open each page.


You may also like to check out Julie’s free companion site to this,  for teachers, parents and children.  HELPFUL FOR HOME SCHOOLING.

Copyright:  All work created by Julie Duell is subject to copyright protection, copyright having been assigned in 2019 to the artist’s daughter, Melissa Roberts. Whilst this site may be viewed without charge, permission to reproduce contents should be sought via

Disclaimer:  Please note that the information provided in this site is shared with the best intent from my own personal experience and not to be taken as undisputed fact.  It is up to us all to discover our own reality but I hope to help open up that journey for you.   Julie Duell


SAM_2791  INDEX TO OTHER SITES BY JULIE DUELL:   A free creative site for children, parents and teachers.  Included in this site are eBooks by Julie    “Fabulous Aussie Fables”  –  “Bush Sprites of Australia” – “Forest Sprites of Australia”  –  “Joy & the Bush Sprites” Stories of an Aussie larrikin – adventurous & humorous.  A free eBook! – the life and times of Julie’s great-grandparents in Cooktown, Queensland in the 1800s.  “Grandpa’s Box!”  A good read about some of our Aussie pioneers in 1800s set in Hill End, Clarence River, Woolgoolga, Cooktown and Palmer River, Nth. Qld.  Fiction based on fact. for an overview of Julie’s many avenues of creative pursuits.

You may contact Julie via the comments box below.

Posted by: Julie Duell | January 10, 2020

Bunyip Billy

Posted by: Julie Duell | December 18, 2019

Short story illustrating eg.

I’m just popping in this short story by way of encouragement for those of you who wish to venture into the field of illustration. Mostly I draw or paint but on this occasion, made the models of the owls out of fibre. Other books I have illustrated are on Kindle children’s books and on

Posted by: Julie Duell | January 2, 2016

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: Julie Duell | February 21, 2015


Aligned closely with visual pictures are the realms of short stories, treasured memories and poetry.   These can be married to art through background imagery or stronger illustration.  In the interest of sharing, here are a few of mine which might inspire you to try this if you haven’t already:

The Pittosporum tree






When I was just 3 years old back in 1944 I went for a walk with my parents beside a small creek in Sassafras Gully near Springwood in the Blue Mountains where we lived.  My mother sent me on ahead to search for fairies.  After skipping along for a while I came across the most beautiful sparkling white fairy standing under a fern frond!  I have just painted my memory of how she looked to me…

My first fairy

She was of course, a fairy doll my mother had planted there for me to find but I didn’t know that then.  Some time later I recall being devastated when my fairy’s lovely porcelain head broke.  Mum took it away and brought back my fairy with a Mountain Devil seedpod head instead!

I was so horrified, I remember saying to her “Mummy! I will never forgive you!”   Oh dear – well I WAS only 3 and have apologised many times since!

______________________________Julie Duell c.2015


Posted by: Julie Duell | December 30, 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 74,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: Julie Duell | July 2, 2014


artist-with-fabulous-roos.jpg   Beginnings: Julie Duell (nee Henderson) is a 6th generation Australian going back to the First Fleet of English convicts to arrive in Sydney cove in 1788.  She also has a lineage from English free settlers plus a drop of American Shoshone Indian heritage for good measure!  Julie was born in Hurstville, Sydney, NSW on 9th July, 1941 and continued to reside in Sydney environs thereafter.  She was named after the month of her birth, July.

Julie’s parents were both musical, artistic and encouraging of creativity – so within the environment of a solitary childhood in the bush, she flourished. Over many prolific artistic years, Julie has painted under the names Julie Ferguson and J. Ferguson-Duell before simply signing her works Julie Duell. As a child, she studied art at St.George Technical College, Kogarah along with taking private lessons in singing.

Adult years saw Julie resume her art studies, once again at St.George Technical College and then numerous short courses on the Central Coast, where – along with raising a family – she has been a prolific practising artist and art teacher since moving there in 1967 from Gymea/Cronulla regions. Inspiration:  Nature, children, a fascination for human form, body language, illustration and portraiture.  Also a deep passion for Australiana through the fairy realm.

Mediums of expression:  Painting & drawing in charcoal, oils, pastels, inks, watercolour and acrylics – with many works executed in mixed media. Julie’s book creations feature fairies in the form of Sprites, representing the spirit of the unique Australian bushland and are rich with full colour illustrations, rhymes and an adventure story.  Julie has also manifested the Sprites in clay and resin models, animated stories, art jewellery pendants and plays for children. Among a number of awards over the years, Julie’s first book “Bush Sprites of Australia” (a hand-made limited edition made over 1600 hours) attracted special recognition in the form of an award from the Riso Educational Foundation of Japan in 1985, along with 3rd prize in an International Postcard Competition that year. Riso delegates travelled to Australia for this special presentation.  Julie later self-published a further version of “Bush Sprites of Australia”, along with  “Forest Sprites of Australia” and  “Joy & the Bush Sprites”, all of which are available direct from Julie.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Promo sheet copy Keen to share her love of the bush with children, Julie then wrote 2 environmental plays, making all the costumes and props in her home studio.  Aided by partner Tony, Julie presented “Friends of the Bush” in 5  Central Coast schools with Kindergarten to Year 3 children in 2006/7. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Friends of the Bush - play 010KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA In  2006  Julie wrote and illustrated “Somethin’ Fishy” – a tribute to her late husband, John Duell, an avid Naturalist.  The book was launched at MacMasters Beach where she and John lived for 20 years together and all proceeds were donated to Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary at Kulnura to help save endangered wallabies. Image2 copy In 2008 Julie won 1st prize in the non indigenous section of the Reconciliation Week Aboriginal Artists Art Exhibition & Competition with her painting “Dreamscape 1”. images In 2010, she won 1st prize in the Rotary of Umina Portrait Prize for her portrait of partner, Tony La Spina (ex High School & TAFE art/ceramics teacher from Coffs Harbour.) KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA   In 2014  Julie won 1st – Open Section Award in the Margaret Smith Memorial Art Prize at the Gosford Regional Show for her painting “Flamenco”: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Teaching:    Over 40+ years, Julie has taught art on the Central Coast.  Firstly at adult evening college for Dept. of Education, numerous private classes at her MacMasters Beach Seagal Studio and workshops for local Art Societies.   She instigated the Central Coast Art Society’s Children’s classes in the 1980s and designed the CCAS logo. Around 2005 Julie combined with her partner, Tony La Spina in art teaching pursuits for Kincumber Community College and Art Society workshops. Now retired, but busier than ever, Julie enjoys taking occasional workshops and teaching online through her websites.

Websites:  Since 2002 Julie has enjoyed much world-wide interaction through her websites: which offers a large range of free art lessons and a personal gallery of artwork.  is a creative site she has designed for children, parents and teachers.  This site often enjoyed first rating in the Art category listings on “Kids Websites”.  Along with art tuition Julie has created a number of interactive games and animated educational stories on this site, including ones featuring her many Sprite characters.  The stories are graded for non readers/first readers/more advanced.

Singing has been a constant for Julie, especially since 1997 when she has enjoyed vocal solos and group singing/acting.  Here are a couple of short video clips …

Posted by: Julie Duell | December 10, 2013


I am delighted to present below the results of a children’s animation project conducted with Grade 3/4, Vernon Elementary School, Vernon, B.C. Canada 2013.   Stemming from the initiative of teacher Candice Young, 23 children created action drawings to send to me to animate.   

I wish to thank Candice for this interaction, which was so enjoyable by all.  I also wish to thank you, the children, who put so much care and imagination into your drawings.  I hope you will be inspired in the future to learn more about the wonderful creative world of illustration, cartooning & animation.

I am showing each animation in slow and faster speeds, so that you can see each change in movement and how they become smoother as they are sped up.   All of these animations are set on a “loop” which means they repeat the action over and over. Names and ages of the children are shown before each picture:

Aisha, 8



Alyssa 8 



Emma M 8



Candice 8



Lucjan 8



Stephanie 9



Andre 8



Coda 8



Colby 8



Drew 8



Jordan 8



Josh 8



Kairi 8



Kennedy 8



Kieran 8



Vandam 11 



Paris 8



Lucjan 8



Marek 8



Rory 9



Emma H  8



Steven 8



Trista 8



Wonderful work everyone!  Congratulations! Here is my animation for you!  Julie



Posted by: Julie Duell | July 29, 2013


The following YouTubes are distributed throughout the categories where they support other information – however in case you prefer to learn solely from visual demonstrations in action, I have grouped them here together for you. Happy viewing!  Julie

This one is for kids, but grownups can have fun with it too!

This is one for the children – to help them learn basic colour mixing:

Posted by: Julie Duell | November 24, 2009


I would be very happy if anyone involved in Home Schooling could make use of the tuition on this website.  Please get in touch if I can help further. 

Through this website I have been privileged to come into contact with many people and groups throughout the world.  Here for your interest, is one such group, extending our insight into various approaches to art teaching…  Julie


We are a group of home school students meeting for drawing and painting classes in Littleton, Colorado. We meet three times each month and our classes are two hours long. We take a break after one hour and have a snack. Our class is broken into two groups based on age. We have a teacher for each group. We begin each class with a prayer and devotion that is tied to the lesson we are teaching that day. For example, when we learned about perspective we talked about what a world view is and what a Christian world view looks like compared to other world views.

The younger students are learning about elements of design such as line, shape, color, texture, and value. They have been using activities from a book called “How to Teach Art to Children”, published by Evan-Moor. A few of the activities they have worked on include wonderful line quilts and pin wheels using primary colors that look like secondary colors when they spin. They created interesting textures by painting with forks, combs, and splayed paint brushes. They also placed construction paper over raised, uneven surfaces, and colored with markers across the top side of the paper.

The older students are studying still life composition and learning about notans (balancing light and dark areas), and balancing shape and color. For one of our lessons we made a Golden Rectangle on tracing paper and drew diagonal lines from corner to corner. We put a dot in the middle of each line between the corners of our rectangle and the intersecting lines so we had four dots in all (the eyes of the Golden Rectangle). We used these to place over photos of famous still life paintings to see how the objects lined up within the rectangle’s eyes. We also learned how to draw Fibonacci spirals which was a lot of fun. We looked at pictures of nautilus shells, sunflowers and pine cones to see how this ratio occurs in nature. Last month we studied linear and atmospheric perspective in drawing and painting. We used watercolor glazing technique to paint a picture of the Smoky Mountains. A mountain range that borders Tennessee and North Carolina in the southeastern U. S.

Here are some pictures of our busy students:

Teacher, Laraine kindly shared an visual exercise which can be viewed on the Post on Perspective.

2010 update:  Laraine’s co-teacher, Beth Cooper, sent these wonderful photos of the group with paintings of sunflowers after studying Van Gogh. This was a project from a book “Dynamic Art Projects for Children” by Denise M. Logan.  The project involved using chalk pastels on black Canson paper over a line drawing in Elmers gel glue.



Here are Adam and Lela working on their project…










and below, Peter (studying colour mixing) and Mari applying chalk pastels…









I have to agree with Beth – yes I think you did end up with some masterpieces!  Congratulations to all!

Many thanks for sharing your projects with us and happy “arting” Littleton group!   Julie

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