A herring gull lunch


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.

See me and Tina sketching in Ed´s drawing from the day. :)

Both drawings approx. 21 x 14,5 cm, Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum carbon ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

8 Responses to “A herring gull lunch”

  1. Janet Kohl says:

    That video is just too adorable. I’ve been reading your blog for several months now & finally wanted to relay my appreciation. Your art, writing and adventures are a treat. I’m relatively new to public sketching, but the little bonuses we get to see when observing the world are quite wonderful aren’t they? Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for your comment, Janet – sorry for being slow with the answer! Glad you are following my blog, and I agree about the bonuses you get from sketching – all the little stories and details that we would never see if we didn´t sit down and observe our surroundings for a while. :)

  2. I always liked your drawings and the narrative quality you have. I love this adventure you had especially because you documented it with real live images, and that birds’ love scene is a bonus and it is quite pleasant, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Thanks Adriana! It was a bonus to be able to capture this little scene in a video, I was only a bit frustrated that I only had my phone with me, with no ability to zoom in a little…

  3. isa says:

    C’est vraiment super d’allier la nature et le dessin, ta petite vidéo est très sympa ! Bravo :)

  4. Ed Mostly says:

    Hi Nina, great to see the video of the chick’s mealtime, as I missed it completely at the time; too busy sketching the sketchers! And the lightning strike photo is a spectacular reminder of an excellent day, thanks again, Ed

    • Thanks to you too, Ed, it was a great day indeed! The thunder and rain kind of put some extra spice to the whole thing, didn´t it! I loved your sketch of the sketchers!

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