Seriously working on my blog - What do you want more of?

November 15, 2019 | 23 Comments

For the next few months I hope to focus on my blog, doing some back of house admin tasks and creating some new content which has been on my ‘to do’ list for ages.

I’m also planning on doing some big updates to the Sketching Tools and Sketching Architecture sections on this site.

And in fact, I’ve already done a lot of work to these sections this week! I’ve reviewed all the categories in Sketching Tools and found the most relevant articles to feature and I’ve expanded Sketching Architecture significantly to include some more topics. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve now got a nice long list of posts to be updated and topics which I haven’t addressed adequately. I also went on some tangents reviewing and updating lots of my old blog posts from the golden era of Flickr. There is so much history on this blog.

Even though I have my own plan of what is needed here on the blog, I would love to hear from you.

What topics would you like me to write about, subjects which you would like me to sketch, products you would like me to review? Anything else?

Please let me know in the comment section!



  • Maureen Davenport says:

    Hi Liz . Love your posts. They are inspirational. Since I live in a very rural part of the Isle of Man I’d really like to see more about how to tackle landscapes and seascapes.

  • Arnon Reichers says:

    I want to see your teacup collection .. the whole thing. ?. Plus, I’d like to know more about how you approach painting people and see some sketches that include people.

  • Cheryl Andre (Sherry) says:

    Hi Liz,
    I enjoy these blogs so much and learn or trigger what if missed absorbing from them. I’ve over committed in last few months and Watercolour on Location suffered. I am looking forward to several months with no art commitments so I can catch up/redo most of that amazingly in depth/intense content and do the assignments. I also want to return to and work on completing two travel journals to Scotland and England and to Newfoundland-obviously I’ll have to work from photos on these. Lots of landscapes, buildings, seascapes and meals. I continue to sketch people and would really like to see more of your thoughts and processes after doing OneWeek100People and the SBS People kourse. Must admit I tend to leave people out of my sketches unless they are the focus.
    We are moving into serious winter here in Maine, USA, with very early, bitterly cold temps, so sketching on location will be done from indoors for next few months!
    Love having your blogs and courses to keep me working and focused. Thank you!

  • Cathy C says:

    Hi Liz! I love seeing your daily spreads and wrap-ups with a series of spreads. The instructional elements are great as well, but just looking at your pages inspires me to get my daily practice done too.

  • Deb DesMarteau says:

    I so very much appreciate ALL the content you teach and share in your blog and coursework! Thank you! I look forward to seeing more on sketchbook design composition of pages as well as additional elements (people, especially).

    Quick request: Is there a way to have the font larger when viewing your emails on an iPhone (latest model)? It’s teeny tiny. Thanks

  • Paul says:

    More strategies for developing a daily sketching habit. More instruction/advice on how to sketch landscape, seascapes, boats, animals and nature subjects.

  • Carmel Campbell says:

    I would like more product reviews. How that product relates to sketching on location. I am also interested in why artists choose certain pigments in their palette. The story behind the choice and what you can do with a particular color or pigment. Another topic. I have a daily sketching habit. How do you keep things fresh. How to make the mundane interesting through a sketcher’s eyes. Sketchbook design pages …the thought process. I hope this helps. Your blog is fabulous as are your courses. I continually go back to your blog to check on things and look at the videos and lessons in your courses to review….especially when need to inspiration to keep going. I wonder if you ever feel washed out with sketching so much.

  • Sharon Nolfi says:

    I’d like to see more about drawing specific components of a sketch – like the material on trees, water, etc. in On Location. I found that section of the class especially helpful. More posts about techniques, color mixing, and book reviews would be nice. Really, everything you share is welcome!

  • Sherri Carneal says:

    Liz, I am interested in in how you select your travel locations and accommodations especially. Resources for a sketching traveler. Maybe there is one among the community of sketchers. I wish you and Mike would travel to other countries so we could have the experience you provided in Italy. That experience is of safety, teaching and warmth is important in the creative process.

  • Deb DesMarteau says:

    Thanks for the excellent speedy answers and suggestions for researching your previous blog posts. You are a fount of knowledge.

    And yes, turning the phone sideways does make the font appear larger, it’s just something I rarely do. (I know have the 6.1 sized iPhone 11. It was definitely larger viewing it on my previous iPhone 7 plus.)

    • Sue Edwards says:

      My phone also shows your emails font minuscule. Turning the phone (mine is iPhone SE, latest iOS) does make it bigger, but I need to pinch and zoom. I hadn’t considered saying anything about this. I’m glad someone else has as well. I too, have enjoyed all the courses and blog links. I know i have seen many demos of your teacups, but I’d love to see more. Maybe on Instagram videos for a series of teacup paintings? Some with tea, some with milk and tea, some with steamed milk art. It makes me calm and happy to see how different your daily sketches are, even if your same mug and beverage. I can’t thank you enough for your contribution to my wellbeing in this difficult year and a half. I’m glad to have found you at the right time. I look forward to more to come.

    • Chantal says:

      HI Deb, Thanks for your feedback. I’m helping Liz with a resolution for the tiny font on the emails. If possible can you please let us know if when you click on the email to go through to the actual blog site does it still display in tiny font or does it return back to normal size? Thanks very much, Chantal

  • Peggy Wilson says:

    Liz I would enjoy a post in which you discuss your thought process in designing your page layouts. Do you have a series of ‘format layouts’ you have created that you refer to? Do you pre-plan for writing in areas? I’m assuming it all comes natural for you, but it is at the top of my list of areas I need to improve. Oh to be a fly on the wall to watch you approaching a subject, and watch you plan the page layout!

  • Peggy Wilson says:

    Liz as I read other posts, I see you addressed my above question! January 17, 2011 has a wonderful post! Sorry I got the cart before the horse! I still want to be that fly on the wall!

  • Robin Newton says:

    Hi Liz, I’m coming late to this discussion, but if you’re still open to suggestions, then I’d really like something on painting windows. I often find my windows don’t work well with the rest of the building in my sketches. So any tips from you on how light/dark to go with them, which colours to use, how to get windows to fit with the building they’re set in would be much appreciated. Many thanks for a wonderful and inspiring blog!

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