MyLGA2021 Sketches Part 2: The second week - Focusing

September 22, 2021 | 12 Comments

As mentioned in my Reflections article, Week 2 was all about focusing on the bush (Australian for forest) and in particular, Sydney Blue Gums.

I also did a few colour charts – the pencils that I was using and testing new Deep Deep Light (DDL) watercolours. More coming about these paints soon, I promise.

Anyway… here are the pages!


Davidson Park – looking across Middle Harbour to an Angophora tree (more about these trees in November when they shed their bark).

Dalrymple-Hay Reserve from the street and trying to paint a green cup with my DDL watercolours… the wash dried purple!

Lane Cove: Cottonwood Glen plus some research on a few other important local trees – Blackbutt and Sydney Peppermint.

Stirling Castle sketch done during a zoom call with Esther (continuing our castles of Scotland theme) and a Killara house.

Lane Cove: Fern Valley and my pencil collection on that day. (Note: it’s changed slightly since!)

Another visit to Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden – the bush there is much harder to sketch. Hakea (oh ah! I love them) and Bloodwood trunks.

Carters Creek tree and more Houndstooth (yes, the obsession with that cup continues!)

DDL mixing.

Haynes Flat – Lane Cove.

Blue Gum Park in Chatswood.

DDL tests and some pencil experiments – see more about that here.

Back at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden…

… and Lane Cove (Carters creek again)

Final sketching day of my break – Davidson Park looking for blue gums.

And more teacups. The article on my grey greens is here.

Are you tired of my tree/bush sketches yet???

Next up, I’ll share the work I did in my Greenwood Journal.


  • Prashanta says:

    Hello Liz…..not at all tired of your trees/ bush sketches…..keep ’em coming. Take another 2 weeks break so we can get more 🙂 I even tried doing one of your sketches myself – you make it look so simple 😀

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Prashanta – but dont worry… I’ve been doing at least one per day since. I’ve made a walk in the bush a part of my work day!!! 🙂

  • Eilene Brauner says:

    I love seeing your posts but would love to be able to read all of it. It’s a bit blurry when I enlarge your posts. Is that for a reason?

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Eilene – because these are such large pages and I limit file sizes for the blog, the relative size of the text for these pages are smaller than usual, sadly. You should be able to read the text for my normal pages by click on each image and viewing them in isolation.

      • Eilene Brauner says:

        I did try that & it is still too blurry. I’m just so interested in reading what you have to say besides looking at your lovely art! ?

      • Liz Steel says:

        Yes, its a downside of the large sketchbook.:-) You will be able to read my notes on today’s post when it comes out as its a much smaller book

  • Elaine McGann says:

    yes please keep on sharing anything and everything you are willing to share with all of us. I so enjoy your trees since I live in an area of Virginia USA that has lots of trees. I can remember walking onto a small college campus in San Francisco CA USA and discovering huge wonderful eucalypts trees

  • Ronnie Dupre says:

    I’ve been following you work for a while – enjoying the architecture sketching and am very much enjoying your 5 Minute Architecture book but Wow! Your sketches of nature are equally amazing and I may even favor them more the the architecture!

  • Jamie C says:

    I will never get tired of your bush sketches! Ever! Love them!

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