First of all, “Welcome!”
The initial idea for sharing “Art related stories” came from Mike Rubbo, who encouraged myself and other artists to start one. Mike is a multi-talented film-maker, photographer & artist, residing on the Central Coast of NSW.
However Mike’s original idea of a blog recording “Art stories” for me quickly turned into “Free Art Lessons”, since I realised I have created numerous art teaching charts over 35 years and wish to perpetuate their usefulness in an interactive way. Whilst I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in the advice given in the ‘lessons’, I simply wish to share insights, discoveries and experiments (most born of much trial and error along the artistic journey) and encourage contributions and feedback from visitors to the site.
My early painting years were devoid of sufficient hands-on tuition, so long before the advent this wonderful Internet my learning experiences in art had to be mainly through personal experimentation and available books. It was hard work to learn this way and I wish to help others where possible, by passing on the benefits of that learning.
Unlike most blogs, each post covers a different topic, to be expanded and kept current – in other words, there will be no “dead archives”!
I would also like to introduce you to my partner, Tony La Spina. We joined forces back in 2001, having been both widowed. Tony doesn’t look much different now but my hair is now almost white as you can see in the banner heading at the top!
We’re a great team – enjoying art and sing together. You could think of us as a couple of recycled teenagers! Tony taught art for around 30 years in the Coffs Harbour area and has his own Post on this site.
Thankyou for visiting. I would be honoured to be listed under your “Favourites” to revisit often as the blog unfolds.
Cheers! Julie Duell
(Personal art profile in the page ‘About the Artist’)
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