It is always fun when other sketchers visit Stockholm. A little while back, Inma Serrano from Sevilla was here, and we almost missed each other because I was out of town, but in the end we managed to squeeze in three hours and a lunch before she and her company had to leave for the airport. We sketched a bit at Djurgården, and JUST when I had finished the boat, a whole bus load of Russian tourists came and sat down in front of us with their pic-nic – hence the sketchy background…
After Djurgården, a quick stop at Berzelii park, to draw some people.
Inma is one of my drawing heroes – totally fearless sketching! – so it was awesome to at least get a little moment with her in Stockholm.
Both drawings: 21 x 14,5 cm, ink and watercolour on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.
At the Southern end of Norrbyskär, there is a group of fishing huts, dating from the sawmill era. They are huddled up so tightly together, that walking around among them, you feel like you are walking into someone´s private home. But it is a nice spot to draw, so different from the rest of the island, where the workers´ homes stand in straight lines, at exact intervals.
Wish I had had time to do some more sketches here, but I drew this on my last day on the island for this summer, so I guess that will have to wait until next year…
21 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
A pure line drawing this time. I didn´t have time to colour it, since I was going to meet people at the ferry, and afterwards I kind of liked it like this. Still not sure if I´m going to add some little colour somewhere. What do you think?
Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy nib with Platinum Carbon ink on Langton watercolour paper.
On the island where we spend parts of our summers, there are a lot of really old bicycles. They are still in use and cared for, since no motor vehicles are allowed. They say some of the bikes have been there since the sawmill era, which lasted from about 1900-1952. Respect.
19 x 19 cm, Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours on Langton watercolour paper.
Another house on the island. Big display windows facing the street are the telltale of the times when the Red Villa used to be the co-op grocery store here. That was when the island´s sawmill industry was running and up to 1400 people lived here, at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, it is a summer residence, like most of the houses here.
Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, and watercolours, on Langton (I think) watercolour paper.
I haven´t posted all the drawings I did during this summer, away from scanners and fast internet connections, so I thought I´d do a little round of these.
This is our neighbor´s house on the island where we have our summerhouse. I was sitting at our front steps painting it. Suddenly, my mum´s dog Sixten drank all my painting water (don´t ask how he managed to squeeze his fluffy muzzle into that little container), then tried to steal the mug. When I said no, he had exactly this look on his face:
Drawing: approx. 28 x 28 cm, bamboo pen with india ink, and watercolours on some watercolour paper.
Dog: approx. a little larger than a dachshound, with good mood and lots of hair.
I took my bicycle to Tranebergsbron (Traneberg bridge) today and sat down to draw a panoramic of the view from up there. It´s not a super comfy place to sit, you have four lanes of roaring traffic and a metro track behind you, but the view makes up for it. I had a really nice time – perfect weather, and an unusually lot of people stopping to see what I was doing and chat for a while. One of them, DJ Micke Pietile, took a photo of the work in progress, and was kind enough to send me the image:
45 x 15 cm, black Staedtler fineliner, gray Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.
Sketcher Ed (Mostly Drawing) from Bath and his family visited Stockholm a week or so ago, and I and a few other sketchers from Stockholm met up with him for a sketchcrawl that turned into a little nature adventure. First, even before we started drawing, we had to wait under an awning for a surprise thunder storm with heavy showers to pass by. It was over pretty quickly, though, and we went down to sketch by the water at Bergsunds strand.
Right after drawing the boats above, we all had to seek shelter again under a roof, to escape from another roaring thunder storm for about half an hour. It was quite spectacular, and we weren´t the only ones who were watching it in awe. I didn´t manage to sketch the weather, but the phone captured a quick proof:
I heard later that the heavy rain flooded a few underground stations and part of a department store in Stockholm.
Anyway, the rain and thunder subsided eventually, the sun came out, and we got back to sketching again.
See that little bird to the right in the sketch? It´s a herring gull chick, and was not at all the main focus of my drawing. He was just walking around on that tree trunk, chirping a little. But here´s what suddenly happened, right in front of our feet, while sketching. A very everyday scene in a bird´s life, I guess, but I´ve never seen it so up close, and didn´t expect to either, in the middle of the city.
Sometimes drawing is great in so many ways. Sweden has had a heat wave lately, it´s been 32°C every day for quite some time now, both in Stockholm and elsewhere. Anywhere you go, you sweat. Sitting in the shade doesn´t help much.
Visiting my in-laws, I found out there is a vehicle museum nearby. I thought I might as well do something useful in spite of the heat, so I went over there to draw some cars. Turns out the museum had a lovely temperature of 18°C inside! Sweet relief! So, apart from having a great time drawing some beautiful cars, I was cool and comfortable the whole afternoon.
Top two drawings: 21 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. Bottom drawing: Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum carbon ink, and Pentel Pocket brush, and watercolours, on Fabriano Artistico cool press 200 g watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.