Thursday, April 17, 2014

Changing my favourite mix....

Deciding to change my 'steel grey' mix and other bits and pieces…. looks like I couldn't do a full week of WCPs doesn't it….


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I can't keep the paint away.....

Pages from the last few days… in summary as much as I am loving using watercolour pencils(WCPs) my creative juices just seem to want water to play!

Here is my warmup for the day of the random pile of my WCPs.
I can't express in words how much fun I am having painting at the moment….

this was my attempt at doing the sketchbook skool homework for the week (I worked from right to left as I am a leftie) and didn't have a great selection of normal coloured pencils - didn't quite achieve Koojse's 'zen state'… instead I went crazy on 3 more versions…

A pear…. I have one a day at the moment- oh! they are so sketchable and a lovely gift in the mail. I then went wild with some new gamboge paint- I really love that pigment but dont keep in my daily palette

Last night I just needed to splash paint!!! SO I picked three random tubes from my paint tube storage unit and just went wild!!!!
Cobalt is not a colour that I have in my palette but I just had a urge to paint with it … such a lovely blue actually… what have I been missing (why are there just too many nice blue watercolour pigments… I think I love all of them)
testing black pencils for my upcoming museum sketching workshops in Tasmania… I was getting a little bored at the WCP-ing!(I would not have minded it so much in paint but the repetition of stroke making was starting to bore me.)

Saturday Evening:
I always prefer to sketch from life… but a warmup from a photo sometimes hits the spot. SO looking forward to getting out into the Tasmania Wilderness next month in between all my urban sketching, cafe sketching and teaching. This is from a photo of Mt Roland.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A mini crane crawl at Cockatoo Island

WARNING: Big images with a lot of scrolling ahead... but I just wanted to share them big!

If you haven't realised already I addicted to sketching at Cockatoo Island… and the strange thing is that lately every time I go I am seeing EVEN MORE things I want to sketch. The more I explore the more I see! I never got to do the cranecrawl that we proposed for USK SYD last year… but well, yesterday I started. 4 crane sketches in a short visit to the island!

3 in my A4 moleskine! working vertically is fun hey?

and one quick one while waiting for the ferry at the cafe

… and then in the last few minutes I attempted to sketch my favourite view of the big sheds with WCP. Really quite different but it was fast and a lot more convenient then getting my paint tin out. It made me think of the direction of my strokes… need to be more mindful of that as I continue using WCPs

Workshops in Tasmania!

I am very excited to announce two full day workshops in Tasmania in May/June.

Hobart. Saturday 31 May 2014
Based at TMAG - Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery.
10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $110.00

Launceston. Saturday 07 June 2014
Based at QVMAG - Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery Inveresk
10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $110.00

Minimum no of participants: 5
Maximum: 15

These workshops will be a follow on from the introductory sketching workshops I am doing for Emmanuel School (details here). I will share my fundamental techniques of sketching on location and we will put them into practice both indoors and outdoors at the major museum in both Hobart and Launceston.

We will be looking at the following:
- Starting your sketch and a few approaches to setup
- Simplifying the scene or object in front of you with lines, shapes or volumes
- Creating strong focus and build a story for your story around this focal point.

Please email me at lizsteel{at}gmail{dot}com  for more details and supply list.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My sketches at the end of the Expressive Urban Sketching Workshop

I know I haven't yet written up a full report of the workshop on Cockatoo Island ... but I still have quite a few sketches from the week to I will get them up as soon as I can. (hard to keep up with myself at the moment!)

So these are the only two complete sketches that I did in the two days of the workshop (well apart from the combined demo painting with Paul). This first one of one of the windows of the drawing office was done in the last hour of the workshop when we gave everyone so free time to develop a final piece. Obviously this was all about the paint, the pigment and the colour and certainly not an elaborate composition!

And finally, afterwards - I had just missed my ferry and there were only a few sketchers left on the island. Was feeling that normal flat feeling one has after a big exciting event is over... and although I was tired (well exhausted would be more accurate) I felt that doing one sketch just for me was going to hit the spot after all the energy I had expended teaching and watching all participants produce such amazing work for two days. I can't tell you how much doing this sketch did indeed hit the spot!
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