I'm back! Sketching and blogging

February 8, 2018 | 16 Comments

Well, that’s the plan anyway!

I have been missing in action for the last month as I have been completely swamped (in the best possible way) with work associated with my current online course, SketchingNow Watercolour. It is the biggest course I’ve done so far on many levels, and although I am not working the insane hours I did in previous years (thanks to hiring a videographer) it has still be a mammoth task preparing a written version of each lesson and keeping up with the questions and all the amazing work uploaded each week into the classroom. I have also been managing my web developers so that we could roll out some big upgrades to the site. The work is never-ending but a lot of fun!


So it is not surprising that I haven’t been sketching and I haven’t even been getting out to my local cafe for my morning latte! The result was that there were a few spreads with one or two sketches and then just text from my morning readings.

And then I got even busier and didn’t touch my sketchbooks at all some days, so although I have still been reading each morning as usual, I didn’t record my thoughts for the day.

But even during this lean stretch I am still having fun with composition.

Now that I am on the downhill of the course, I am going to make more of a conscious effort to sketch random things from my life, and then once the course is finished, I am going to carve out some dedicated time for sketching outings.

Note: The Watercolour course is now available again! Click here for more details.



  • Glad to see you are back, Liz. I like the little sketches that you were able to accomplish. It sounds like such a hectic time for you.

  • BarbaraW says:

    As a student in your amazing Watercolour course (yes, yes, sign up everyone if you can !), I almost feel a bit guilty, keeping from your morning latte! Glad to see you back here, but we’ll sure be missing you in class when your (very) active participation in it ends.

    • Liz Steel says:

      thanks Barbara!! Yes, I will miss you all once the course is finished. (and I don’t really need a coffee every morning!)

  • Arlene Abel Lennox says:

    Yes, glad to have you back with my morning coffee on East coast US! Just received a white Lamy Joy on eBay, from Korea. Now of course I will be able to draw as well as you! (With a lot of practice.)

  • Sean Kupisz says:

    Horray!! Missed you!

  • Lisa Holt says:

    As another student in your Watercolour class (I totally agree with BarbaraW that it is amazing!), I’m sorry we swamped you. I hope you take it as a compliment that there have been so many questions and so much participation; the more I learn, the more questions I have, and the more I want to participate. I think it’s a testament you how well you’ve structured and taught the class.

  • Jane Caddick says:

    Hi Liz,
    Please consider offering a mini course on drawing coffee and tea cups. I downloaded your tea cup guidelines, but didn’t understand the ratios to use or the measurements. I love your tea cup paintings. Thankyou for a wonderful watercolur course! Jane

  • Anna says:

    Hi Liz, just wondering if I missed the self-directed watercolor course and if you will be running this course again, either self-directed or not? Love your site, very inspirational!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Anna, yes! Watercolour is coming back as self directed – Sept is the plan

      • Anna says:

        Hi Liz, thanks for yor reply! Will check back in then and also signed up for your mailing list.

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