Gamla stan (Old town) in Stockholm is a bit of a challenge to sketch. Apart from your sketch always ending up looking like one of the zillion touristic postcards that are sold everywhere in Gamla stan, it is usually hard to find somewhere to sit comfortably for a longer stretch of time, because the streets are so narrow and often crowded with people. But if you take a little detour from the main streets, into some small alley, you may suddenly find yourself in a place like this. Gåstorget (Goose square) is a super small square, and it was empty and quiet the other day, and even provided a bench, a bit of shelter from the wind, and some interesting angles to draw.

17,5 x 19 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

10 Responses to “Gåstorget”

  1. Joel Barnes says:

    Wonderful drawing as always Nina. Hope you are doing well.

    • Thanks Joel! I am fine, thank you – hope you are too! We´re at that time of year when the trees are finally starting to show a little light green, and I can go drawing without winter gear on, so it´s quite lovely over here. :)

  2. Isa says:

    j’aime beaucoup ce dessin aussi, les couleurs et le style.

  3. Rob Weaver says:


  4. Shari says:

    It may look like a tourist postcard to you but it is so wonderful for those of us on the other side of the world to see it.

  5. Thanks Rob!
    Shari: Thanks a lot. Well, actually all of Gamla stan looks like a postcard in itself, so it´s hard to avoid. It is an extremely pretty part of town, really, so there is a reason the streets are crowded… :)

  6. Pascal says:

    Impressive, well done!

  7. Pamela says:

    The reflections in the window really catch my eye. A nice touch to add dimension. And I like the warm, mustard yellow!

  8. Thanks Pascal!
    Pamela: I love reflections in windows, they often do make it easier to understand the area opposite a building. Glad you noticed it in this case. I wanted to show the rather confined space of this little square by capturing that reflection of the yellow house opposite the one in the drawing. :)

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