First snow of 2014


It´s fun with a new year, because you can always put a “first” on everything you do. Makes it feel a tiny bit more exclusive, somehow. ;)

So,  this is the first snow sketch of the year, from the cemetery of S:ta Maria Magdalena church at Södermalm in Stockholm. I thought I´d keep my drawing tools simple because of the cold, so I used a four-colour Uni rollerball pen, only to discover that rollerballs are not made for -4°C. While outside, the pen skipped every third line I drew, and gave me very weak colour. I had to press harder than I usually do, which left my hand cramped after a while.

Oh well. I sat outside for about 30 minutes or so, then I had to flee into a café to warm up. And well inside, the pen worked fine again, so I added some details to the trees while sipping a nice cappuccino, and put down two very simple layers of watercolours.

What I really like about sketching snow scenes is that you don´t really have to do much about the ground, especially on an overcast day. It´s just plain white.

27 x 21,5 cm, Uni 4-colour rollerball pen and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

12 Responses to “First snow of 2014”

  1. Shirley says:

    Love the painting, especially those fabulous trees!

  2. Susan says:

    Hi Nina, I have been watching your blog for a while. I love your beautiful clean lines and fresh colours. What has inspired me this time is your tenacity to keep sketching outside in cold weather. Tomorrow I will use you as an example to “brave” Vancouver’s 8 degrees C and get out sketching. Thank you for you fine work! Susan

    • Thanks a lot, Susan! It means a lot to me that you find some inspiration here! Good luck with your sketching in cold temperature, it is a bit of a challenge, but also very satisfying.

      • Susan says:

        And now I read about the vodka trick, I have no excuses. My paint does not usually freeze but it does take forever to dry in our damp winter outdoors. I’ll give it a go.
        Thanks as alway. I really love your work and always get inspiration from the paintings and commentary.

  3. Erik says:

    I like the sinew of the tree trunks. And the contrast with the lighter colors of the rest of the picture.

  4. Erik says:

    Also how the branches fill up the top of the picture.

  5. isa says:

    Bravo pour le courage de sortir par ce temps et pour la qualité de ton dessin avec un simple Bic 4 couleurs ! Quant à la neige, moins on en fait et plus elle est blanche :)

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