Sunday, 4 December 2016

HAS XMAS Exhibition

#HAS #Hornsby #sydney #xmas #exhibition #wallarobba

#Hornsby#Art#society is haivng a Christmas show at the Wallarobba building on EdgeworthDavid
Its only a block from the mall so walk down and visit.
I f you have ever driven along that yes the big Victorian building set back up a driveway / parking area next to the park and the Guide hall with another hall behind it!

Copyright Julie Vaux 2016 

Here's one of the 8 works on paper I submitted !

Its open from Teusday for two weeks!

More info later this week!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Customers where were you?

Sheesh people and followers can I get at least one #Patreon pledge or #Paypal donation?


I have bills too and apparently none of you bothered to take advantage of the Thanksgiving weekend discounts?

Art supplies and show entry fees do not appear out of thin air.

Its the right thing to do if you have enjoyed or made use of anything I've posted this year.

Don't like Paypal?

A simple ONE DOLLAR A MONTH PLEDGE gets you stuff on

Or you could consider buying cards or stickers something cheap but good from

Saturday, 26 November 2016


People do not miss out on the amazing discounts #redbubble has this weekend

20 - 30 % off various items to day and tomorrow  and Cyber Monday still to come!

Please visit to get some great bargains!

Thank You

Your last Patreon Reward for November

This is the last  Novemeber #patreon #reward I am just about to upload called Wisteria Web

If you want a larger high resolution version you will have to pledge to my patreon !

I have also posted several freebies there !

Available as a low tier reward at 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November is purple month! INSPIRATION MEDLEY

##inspiration #inkscape #purple #ceramics #filters #flowers  - a medley

This first example is the #japanese #kanji for #violet the flower

I find the chun glaze very inspiring 

Jiang is a lesser known word for purple

When purple does work with green. 

November Patreons Rewards are up


The November PATREON rewards are up with a few more coming today or tomorrow 

Usual mix of freebies and low tier !

Come and visit

Saturday, 19 November 2016

PURPLE and Watercolor

Mixing the color purple with Water color.
#purple #windsor&newton #watercolorpaint

Mixing purple is just red plus blue ?
Well do you want a cool or warm purple ?
Dark or Light.

If you're only mixing a small amount I would take a mid cobalt blue or a bit or ultramarine and mix with a crimson or cadmium but start with the blue first and then mix in the blue?

However if you have a big project say a series of pictures using a lot of purple you could start with this?

This also applies if you are using acrylic !
Maybe you run out of a cool red but have blue.
You can mix a bit of watercolor paint into the acrylic !

#Dioxazine is a synthetic #pigment used in many paint brands.

Here's a useful illo though I would add white not gray.

Working with a digital palette? Use this as reference to plan and create a gradient or pick colors.

Don't forget you can work around the limited warm cool contrasts by placing layers of gradients over each other. 

I would suggest even when using Inkscape or Gimp you start with a strong mid blue and then move towards a darker or lighter tint or hue.

Working digitally has one advantage over water based media.

If the color looks wrong on the page you can use UNDO.
Also you don't have to spend as much time color mixing.
However some days color mixing can be soothing so its good to have both options: 
traditional and digital media.

P.S. with a strong pigment like dioxazine there's not much difference between Cotman and Artist Quality though do try to have if you can afford it Artist Quality French Ultramarine.
Personally I have Cotmans and Artists Quality Ultramarine plus both Cobalt and Cerulean Blue and Indigo but I use them a lot! For Reds I have Rose and Alizarin Crimson and Windsor Red.

Paint costs money! Yes! But good watercolor paint goes a long way.

Look for end of year specials and discounts when companies rebrand and redo packaging!