Small studio spaces are workable

An artist's small studio space
My small quaint studio space

After having to leave our large family home 6 years ago due to a marital separation, thankfully I was fortunate enough to buy a Townhouse for myself and my teenage boys. Its’ so cosy, albeit minus the studio space and of course that amazing turquoise sparking pool over summer.

Now we have a cosy quaint small space that is home to us and our fur babies.

This has taught me that small studio spaces are actually quite workable. I’ve found that the space puts less pressure on my brain when painting as it’s so quaint it makes me feel cosy and safe without any overwhelm.

My IPad fits on my table top easle
My cat is cosy in my small studio.

There is also the bonus of less mess to clean up and given that lately I’m painting on the Ipad and with oil pastels mostly it really is more tidy.

I’M A BAD FILMER but anyway watch the video to the end and see the cutest thing. 🐈‍⬛

Sailor Johnny fits perfectly in my studio space

Johnny at home in the studio space…


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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