30x30 2022 Week 2: Colour and brush explorations

June 13, 2022 | 2 Comments

I’m continuing to enjoy using Baroque buildings for this year’s 30×30 direct watercolour challenge. Each day I’ve been changing the colours I use and I’ve also tried a few different detail brushes. At the moment I’m finding that an extended point brush feels the best for all the details.

I’m also continuing to do research on each building before I sketch it. Sometimes this research is making it harder for me to do the direct watercolour sketch as I know too much about the design! I feel compelled to document all the subtle changes in plane in the facade and all the details and this is a little at odds with the free way I want to use watercolour. At this stage, I’m still thinking that drawing with ink over some initial watercolour washes is my preferred technique for this type of building.But I’m keen to see if more simplified/abstract versions emerge by the end of the month.

So here is this week’s collection…

06: SS Luca e Martina (second version – see last week’s article for my first version)

07: S Antonio dei Portoghesi

08: S. Maria in Via
09: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

10: S. Andrea Al Quirinale (first version)

10: S. Andrea Al Quirinale (second version)

Here are the full spreads with additional sketches/diagrams exploring the design and quotes from George.

If you are doing the 30×30 challenge, I hope that you are finding your own groove!


  • maria bergman says:

    Hi Liz
    Would be interesting to know which ‘detail’ brushes you used on these paint-only sketches. Thank you!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Maria – don’t worry it’s coming 🙂 the current favourite, as mentioned, is an extended point brush.

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