Sveavägen in the cold


Christmas has been nice and cozy, though there wasn´t much time for drawing. But as always around holidays, I kind of ease into a nice peace of mind after the festivities, and the urge to draw comes back.

Stockholm was a bit too windy today to offer any outdoors sketching possibilities, it´s been about -4°C, but I managed to find a nice view of Sveavägen from inside a photo gallery in Kulturhuset. Someone had been nice enough to leave a chair just where I needed it, right by the window. : )

And with that little twinkling star in the window (look closely!), I wish you a very Happy New Year!

24 x 13 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours in HandBook sketchbook.

16 Responses to “Sveavägen in the cold”

  1. Jen Appel says:

    I like the shadows and gaps of sunlight between the buildings. A bit of sun this time of year is always nice.

    Are you using the HandBook regular sketchbook or the watercolour version? I’ve considered giving one a try in my next art supply order.

    I wish you a happy new year too!

    • Thanks Jen! I’m not sure which version of the HandBook I have, I found it in a store in New York, and there was only one kind there. I’m not crazy about it, the paper is a bit flimsy for my taste, but it’s ok for quick sketches with only one or two layers of watercolour.

  2. Erik says:

    I like the shadow color effects. Also, how the church spire and the construction crane are rearing up above the city horizon line, together, in similar triangle shapes.

  3. isa says:

    J’ai trouvé l’étoile et te souhaite également une très bonne année 2013 ! … et plein de jolis dessins encore, à nous faire partager !
    à bientôt Nina :) )

  4. Dan Kent says:

    I so love how you capture a scene. What on earth are all those people doing outside in -4 weather?! I see the star. Happy New Year!

  5. dominique says:

    Pas de dessin depuis le 3 décembre ! C’était long….. Très heureuse année 2013 !

  6. p_ivan says:

    I like that and guess that you had a lot of trouble to paint those many windows. You brought me back nice memories from Stockholm, while looking forward to my next trip to Jokkmokk to enjoy Aurora Bolearis next month (cross fingers). Btw, I also tried to sketch this part of Stockholm – the area called Plattan around Kulturhuset:

    Wish you a wonderful 2013 and keep on the good work! And now off to partyyyy!

    • Thank you so much. I enjoyed seeing your drawing, I love that pattern on the square. And oh, Jokkmokk! I wish you a very pleasant journey. I was there once during the big winter market – it’s a very cozy little town, splendid in winter!

  7. Karin says:

    Otroligt fin, förstår inte hur du får så klara fina färger. Du är så begåvad.

    Är på jakt efter en ny bok att måla akvarell i. Är Handbook bra? Finns den att köpa i Sverige?

    • Tack Karin! :)
      Har inte sett HandBook nånstans i Sverige, och jag får väl säga att jag tycker den är sådär. Ok till snabba skisser med max två lager färg. Lite tunna papper, som gärna bucklar sig av vätan. Stadig bindning och fin för torra tekniker, dock.
      För akvarell tycker jag nog Moleskines watercolor sketchbook är den bästa av de som finns i svenska butiker. Synd bara att den bara finns i liggande format, men det är ju en smaksak.
      Jag binder de flesta av mina skissböcker själv, just för att få vettigt papper OCH format.

  8. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year filled with beautiful art and much happiness. Your work is always inspirational to me and all you are blessed to view it.

    John Bartoldus in 80 degree Naples, Florida, sorry Nina.

  9. Martin says:

    Fantastic as usual :) happy new year to you too. Stay warm!

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