Draw each day

I had a lightbulb moment last night when trying to work out a better management schedule for making my artwork.

Often when we work from home, things just do get in the way. There is always something to factor in doing before I feel comfortable about getting to work on my art which is what I really want to be doing.

Anyway as I was scribbling in my journal with no focus or end result in mind, I worked out that if I can keep my journal close by at most times, then it’s all I need. I don’t actually need to have my easel and paints all set and ready to go as this isn’t always convenient. But the frustrated artist in me wants to create so I’ve now decided that my journal can do this. So each day I will now be sketching anything nearby wherever I may be, but I will use a finalise black pen without a rubber in sight. This will stop me wanting to rub out anything and it will keep me quick and alert and help me to record what I see over just a few minutes. This will be my new way to make art purely via contour drawing and if I have time to paint that’s fab too. I will keep my eye in and it will be great for my drawing skillset.

This little journal is only small and I will keep it for me only. No-one ever needs to see it as there will be quite a mess at times on the page. But I won’t care as this is me learning at every opportunity.

Just draw each day. 🙂


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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