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November 19, 2008

Meet the correspondents: SYDNEY > Liz Steel



"As an architect, I draw all the time, but these are mainly quick working sketches of my own designs and not what I see in front of me. The frustration of numerous abortive attempts to keep a sketchbook while travelling led me to make a commitment two years ago, to sketch regularly in order to get ‘in training’ for the next trip to Europe. But it has turned out that this almost-daily habit has become an end in itself! In addition to filling sketchbook after sketchbook with a visual record of my day to day life, I often go on Saturday excursions specifically to find a new area of Sydney to sketch — there are many amazing abandoned industrial areas and ruined defense forts built on the headlands of the harbour. Living in a such beautiful city with great weather all year round, I have no excuse for not getting out to sketch.

For me, sketching is the ultimate way of understanding and recording my experience of buildings — I feel that it gives me insights into the mind of the original architect. I have a particular interest in European architectural history and love drawing Renaissance or over-the-top Baroque architecture (such as the work of Francesco Borromini) and therefore my travels to date have focused on Italy — but there is still so much more to explore!"

• Liz's art on Flickr.

12 comments :

marina said...

Hello, Liz! Welcome to the club!

Liz Steel said...

Thanks Marina! I am so excited to be part of this wonderful group of extremely talented artists!

Asnee said...

welcome, liz, i am with you, both in what you do and what you think of SKETCHING. you would love this place. cheers
Asnee

Nina Johansson said...

Hey Liz, it´s great to have you here. I admire your sketches a lot, and now I´ll get to be on the same blog with you!

laureline said...

Welcome, Liz! I've really liked your travel sketches since I first saw them on flickr a couple of years (?) ago! I look forward to seeing what you post here.

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

I'm delighted to see you here, Liz! You know how much I love your work...

Andrea Schell said...

Hi Liz. I've just discovered Urban Sketchers this week and am excited by the concentration of such quality of work. I am surprised you are the only Australian! I'm just getting my head around setting up an artist blog, so I hope to participate here next year with sketches from the opposite end of the island.

Jo Fong said...

yay! an aussie! i was wondering if there was gonna be any australians involved :)

how do you get included on this blog? is it by invitation only?

Adam Paquette said...

hi liz :)

really enjoying your work - there is a building i paint and work in near central station i would love you to see - it is an ancient heritage building (the first concrete-reinforced building built in sydney) and is a maze of delapidated staircases, oddly angled rooms and a crazy rooftop with a panoramic view. its full of musicians, art studios, and eccentric old people! i think you would love it!

i have tried to find your contact info by googling you but to no avail - hopefully you read this...

my contact no. is 0438070386 or you can shoot me an email - adam@paquette.com.au

if anyone who knows liz reads this could you let her know?

cheers,
Adam

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Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,

I love your work! I am an engineer by background and basically have NO artistic talent. I recently purchasedc a Moleskine Sketch book and a few Pilot pens. I am doing some sketching of my own- very poor at that and nothing I could share with others! I really enjoyed your recent banner sketch on Urban Sketchers. I eventually hope to add some watercolor to my work but need to work in a simple form (pen and ink) before doing so. Dave in Wisconsin, USA

Alejandro Olivera said...

Liz Steel es la numero uno, creo que te amo.
Me encantan tus dibujos, un beso chau.