Cracking The Crosshatching Code

Elizabeth Apgar-Smith believes crosshatching is especially suitable for subjects with a highly textural quality. For the slick, hard edges of a street scene or a cityscape, she would normally use oil or watercolor. But because most of her subjects come from the countryside around her home in rural upstate New York, the softness of pastels is perfect for depicting the undulating natural shapes. To highlight and enhance the textures of such scenes, she uses crosshatching to reproduce the effect of light breaking across surfaces, as in the sheep’s wool in The Committee.

A beautiful example of crosshatching in action.

A beautiful example of crosshatching in action.

The artist loves playing with color, and she’s found crosshatching allows