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heatwave continues in melbourne

It’s 37 degrees celcius today in Melbourne.  Another hot one and my water bowls are topped up for the local wildlife.

I came across a smallish blue tongue lizard yesterday living in a retaining wall near my clothesline, which is a perfect spot as the local spider community reside there too.  And a couple of days ago I watched as Mr. Echidna meandered from my backyard to the front garden, digging with his nose in the river pebbles and making a big mess; funny to watch.  He was as big as a basketball. Then he scooted up and into my carpet rose bed and I haven’t seen him since.

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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