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Composition, getting ideas down

Hi Artist’s
This is how I start my composition!
I gather my ideas and nut them out in my head and then start placing shapes/tonal and blocking in. I may do a few rough outs early on or else I may just go straight in on the paper/canvas and aim for this to be the final artwork
As I go forward I often find by building the composition I may also get fresh ideas and it will come to life differently as to how I originally envisaged. This final piece for TREE OF SECRETS had some other compositions sketched out of very different ideas; see sketches.

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Julie Toffolo is an Australian born artist and lives in Melbourne Victoria. Her art is in private collections around Australia. She has two teenage boys, works part time as an Education Art Assistant at a Secondary Girls School and paints on her days off in her leafy Eltham Studio. Julie works in illustration in a nostalgic vintage style and loves to paint from the nature around her bushy local environment and wherever she can find any form of nature on her travels. She is captivated by how the light flickers and dances when working from still life or outdoors. Having studied traditional painting methods under Jenni Mitchell and Mervynn Hannan from Eltham South Fine Art Studios and Gallery has taught Julie many elements of drawing, composition, colour, painting, trying new materials, beautifying the simple things around us. Julie has been a member of local artist co ops and exhibits throughout the year. You can follow Julie on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to watch and support her art practise.

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