Sketching during a big move

March 20, 2024 | 10 Comments

If somehow you’ve missed it… I’ve recently moved home (and studio) and I wanted to sketch as much as I could during the crazy times associated with a big move.

The last time I moved it was a much smaller task. I only intended to be in Lindfield for 6-12 months (it turned out to be 7 years!) so I only moved the essentials (the rest was packed and sent to my storage unit later). I remember finding it hard to sketch and only managed a coffee sketch most mornings (see here).

This time the move was much bigger and except for the move day itself I managed to get out for a morning walk and coffee and to do some kind of a sketch.

As mentioned in a recent article, I’ve been finding it hard to focus on my sketching due to the physical and mental effort involved in moving (and by the way I loved the whole process thanks to the fact that I was able to give myself time and managed to stick to my schedule). So I’m really happy that I managed to sketch on location most days!

I generally didn’t have the energy to pull my paints out and some days a line drawing was all I was comfortable achieving. But I’m pleased with the record I have of the last few weeks. The incomplete or rushed sketches are the perfect way to remember it!

You will also see a few quick sketches of some of my dad’s tools. For every task we did, he would have a different special tool perfect for the job. I’ll share more about the new place once it’s a little more organised but in the meantime here are my recent sketches…


I hope that you have had some time for sketching in recent weeks.


  • Prashanta says:

    Lovely documentation of the move and we get a glimpse into your shifting through beautiful sketches. Thanks for sharing Liz! Wishing you continued success in your new abode and may you continue to inspire many more from here!

  • Martine says:

    Still beautiful sketches and pages! I hope you’ll settle in nicely at your new place!

  • Ginie Udy says:

    Happy settling in Liz. Love the sketches of the tools! And your ladder! So evocative of what they are used for and what is being achieved, by whom!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Ginie. My dads tools are the coolest objects to sketch – wish I had more time to do them justice!

  • Jamie C says:

    Perfect record of a crazy busy time! I’m so inspired that you managed to keep sketching through a move!

  • Bettina de Cosnac says:

    Lizz, it’s so positive and inspiring to read you. We can feel the mess behind the lovely sketches you quickly “throw” on papers. Keep on, get on, head forward – anw we ´ll patiently wait for new sketches. Hoping you ´ ll feel well in your new surroundings.

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