From the archives: Ink and wash thoughts

April 15, 2016 | 4 Comments

Another quick post… this time just to share a sketch in isolation. This quick sketch of The Fox Hunters Return in Campbell Town on the Heritage Highway in Tasmania was done during my visit in May 2014.

As most of you know, these days I prefer mixing up the order in which I apply ink and wash (not just ink then wash) as it results in more lively painting. But I often find that now when I draw in ink first, I am more likely to just ‘colour in’ and my work is a lot more tame.

This particular sketch was drawn first and then painted but there is a liveliness about the watercolour that I am very happy with. So how did I achieve that? Any ideas?

You can see this sketch in the context of the full spread here... and a pretty productive day sketching, I must say!




  • Dee Ludwig says:

    Seems to me that the varied strokes give it a liveliness , and not worrying about staying within the lines. The texture in the shadows also , and the variation of solid painted walls with those that show brick or stone pattern. Yes, it’s got personality!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Dee, yes I think the secret is in the strokes and particularly because my strokes followed the line of the texture of the material. not just colouring in the shapes!

  • SandraG. says:

    Hi Liz: Love this sketch – VERY lively, I agree lots of personality. I think the white space(s) left behind the color is what speaks to me, ha – but over all it’s sooo fun !!!! : )

    Blessings, Sandra in AZ, USA : )

    • Liz Steel says:

      thanks Sandra… yes, you are right, white space always dose so much for a sketch… especially in the lively department

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