The Digital Wall – our ‘Aussie’ Finalists for FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy May 2020 at home in Australia

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Our hearts go out to all of our Artists from across the World – this is such an amazing situation – we would normally be packing our bags and getting ready to party in Fabriano – Italy in a few weeks and instead we are staying at home – cleaning and baking and trying to keep busy so as not to spread this crazy virus!

We take our hats off to Anna Massinissa and her Team – who tried so valiantly to stay on top of this and be positive – we know how hard this has hit Italy in general and we send out love to you all and say stay safe – that is the most important thing!

So From Our Studios to Yours – these are the stories behind our Digital Wall!

We can’t see you all ……. so we decided in Australia to get our ‘Aussie’ Artists – whose Watercolour Work you will eventually see in Italy, God willing one day – to share some more of their stunning Artwork – we broke the rules and are allowing not just Watercolour but any medium – up to 5 Artists a month for the next 6 months – to ensure we can cover our 30 Aussies …… here are 2 Studios insights/stories to start:

Paul Margocsy In His Studio!

Paul has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive “Raffles” Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom.  To be chosen to exhibit at the prestigious “Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds In Art” show in America (80 selected from over 3500 entries) was a “feather in his cap”.

He was chosen two years running in 1995 and 1996.  Paul was honoured with a fellow membership to “The Wildlife Art Society Of Australasia” for services to the society and wildlife art.  In 2006, he became the first Australian wildlife artist to have a solo exhibition in Hong Kong. In 2009 he released his second book

“Away With The Birds”. In 2014 he was on the front cover and had an article about his work in the first edition of ‘Creative Artist’ magazine. Paul was included in the ‘Wildlife Art Museum of Australia’ book launch at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne November 2014.

Paul was very lucky to be accepted into the FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy May 2020 international Art Symposium and Exhibition. He was selected with a number of other artists to represent Australia.

‘Polly want a cracker ……?’

Paul explains ………..My art consists mainly of watercolour with gouache and airbrush.

I have just started adding acrylics to my pallet and I use a variety of brushes from 4 zero sables through to number 10’s and for the dry brushing effect I use Hog Hair brushes, sizes 4 to 20.  These brushes help me achieve the dry brushing technique that I use to create my style.  The paints I use vary from Schmincke to Windsor and Newton.

My style is drifting back to water colour but I can use any water based medium to achieve what I do.  I don’t use reference as most of my images are in my head and I have been a professional artist for approximately 30 years.  My work area comprises of a desk with a 45 degree angled easel, a comfortable chair, north faced natural lighting and my paints surrounding me in little tubs for easy access.  This all makes for a happy artist.

So to see more of Paul’s Work head to his website >> which includes this stunning Work!


Sue Cross

Sue’s artistic statement is similar ….. I mostly use Winsor and Newton paints though I am starting to trial a few Daniel Smith.

Arches is my favourite brand of paper, pretty much use that all the time.

I have a preference for the heavier paper and most particularly hot pressed 640g … hard on the budget and in some  senses harder to use but I just keep going back to it . I love the luminosity that it gives . I use a range of brushes would love more sable ones but cost is a factor .I  like the Chinese brushes though I only have 3 , varying in size ; Escoda and some Rosemary and Co … not to mention a load of other cheaper ones including Bunnings specials

Following a career in cartography, Sue pursued her love of art, and watercolour in particular.

Sue is captivated by a wide range of subject matter and although landscapes are the most prolific, it is the desire to capture atmosphere, light, or a sense of drama that dictates the choice of subject. She particularly enjoys the freedom and expression of en plein air painting, and in recent years has traveled widely, seeking inspiration in the colours, textures and mosaics of the Australian landscape.

Sue has had a number of solo exhibitions in her home state of Western Australia, and was fortunate to be selected for Fabriano in Acquarello in both 2019 and 2020.

Sue has won many awards and is represented in collections around Australia and overseas to see more of Sue’s Work including this piece –

Pomegranate and Passionfruit

FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy May 2020 – this Event was streamed live on YouTube >>> and also available for follow up after the Event for you to return and browse at your leisure on 🌞

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Enjoy a tour through Fabriano – Italy –

a special place – special people, famous for it’s Watercolour Paper and now FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy an annual Symposium of Watercolour attended by Artists from over 80 Countries!!

2019 – very honoured to be supported by the Team of our Australian Embassy in Rome – sending Paul Garwood to Fabriano to meet with us and catch up on what was happening – thanks Guys!! 🌞

Above – Paul Garwood – Australian Embassy Rome and Wyn Vogel – Leader of the Australian Watercolour Delegation to Italy

From the small streets of Fabriano – to the Piazza del Comune

We send our love to the all the Artists across the World involved in this amazing Event –

and wish you all stay well and good health until we can meet again in Fabriano!! xx 🌞

Click through here – for the full list of Australian Artists Selected for this year – FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy May 2020 –

you are a unique group and we anticipate your Work will be hung over a 2 year period – we will keep you posted!


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