Archive for the ‘Stockholm’ Category

Rodin at Nationalmuseum

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Pencil special! I went sketching with some friends today at the Rodin exhibition at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. We got a special permit to draw in pencil there, no pens allowed. So two challenges in one – pencil AND Rodin…


I tried out some Faber-Castell watersoluble pencils that I won (!) on an online giveaway a while back – super fun to use! Just a little waterbrush, the pencil and a little rag to wipe the brush, and you´re good to go!


I never looked closely at a Rodin sculpture before, but after today I am in awe over Rodin´s treatment of light and shadow. When trying to draw sculptures you notice these little things that sculptors do to make the light do it´s magic on the figures, and Rodin had such an eye for these details. Little exaggerations, little simplifications, all to make light dance.

(The portrait of Rodin himself in the top drawing was made by Camille Claudel, and the portrait of Ferdinand Boberg at the bottom image was made by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.)

21 x 15, pencil, watersoluble pencil and waterbrush in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.


Saturday, October 24th, 2015


More previously unscanned drawings. Blecktornsgränd at Södermalm in Stockholm is one of those magical environments where now and then meet. If you walk up to the end of it, you meet a fantastic view over the city. If you turn your back to the view, you move back in time to when Södermalm was the outskirts of Stockholm, with small buildings, cobbled streets and wooden fences around lush fruit gardens. Funny how you can travel so far in time by just turning your body 180°.

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42 x 15 cm, Kizuna DecoPen fountain pen with De Atramentis black ink, and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

More flowers

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015


I have been drawing some more flowers, can´t seem to get enough of these fantastic shapes and colours!


Both drawings: approx. 21 x 15 cm, various ink pens and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.


Sunday, June 7th, 2015


Finally things are cooking in my sketchbook again! I have been swamped at work for a whole long while, but now the grades are done, the students are finishing up for the summer, and I´m finding more time to go out sketching again.

Today I met up with a few of the Stockholm sketchers for a tour around Skeppsholmen, a small island in the middle of the city. This is where you´ll find those charming old boats, the Modern Museum, a few quirky vehicles and other interesting things.


We were also blessed with some annoying gusts of rain during the day, which is not ideal when working with watercolours and ink. But hey, at least I´m out there sketching!

Both images approx. 21 x 14 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolour on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.


Monday, May 4th, 2015


At the end of April, I went sketching with some friends in Bergianska trädgården (Bergius Botanic garden) in Stockholm. It´s still spring, in that nothing is lush and green, but so many flowers had begun peeking out, and it was great fun to draw them!


Funny story during the day: I met a little guy, about three years old, on a tricycle. He stopped right beside me where I was standing, drawing some cherry blossoms, and said:
“Excuse me, what´s that?”, and pointed at my tiny folding stool beside my bag.
“It´s a tiny stool that I sometimes sit on when I´m drawing”, I said. The kid was quiet for a moment and really scrutinized me, as if he thought I was lying.
“But your butt is so big?!”
Hehe. True.
“That´s right, but that little stool actually works very well anyway. In spite of my butt.”
The kid scrutinized me again.
“Show me!”.
So I did. I sat down on the stool, and ended up at about his eye level. Then he watched me sitting for about five seconds, said “Hm.”, and pedaled away. :)

21 x 15 cm, Duke calligraphy fountain pen with Platinum carbon ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Monday, March 30th, 2015


I have spent two days drawing at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm lately. Yesterday I was there with a group of fabulous Stockholm sketchers, we spent a good few hours drawing and having lunch and coffee together. And last week, I was there with a colleague and a few students, drawing reptiles.

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When I was at the museum with the students, we had the luxury of being invited “backstage”, to see some rare specimens of reptiles from the museum collections. We got a whole room to ourselves where we could spread out our art equipment and bring coffee and chocolate to enhance the experience. Lovely. :)



Drawing for a few hours at a natural history museum mainly lets you discover how much stuff there is to draw there. I will have to return on my own one of these days, there were so many bugs, bears and birds that didn´t end up in my sketchbook.

Both drawings: 44 x 15 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and various fineliners, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spreads.

Drawing at Spårvägsmuséet

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015


It´s the last Sunday of the month today, which usually means that the little group of sketch enthusiasts in Stockholm meet up for some drawing together. This time we were not so few – 15! We went to the Stockholm public transport museum, Spårvägsmuséet, and spent a few hours sketching interesting stuff in the exhibition.

The good people at the museum also let us into the room behind the exhibition space, full of interesting stuff, leftovers from exhibitions, possible items for future shows, all in a fantastic interesting mess. Super fun! And too little time to capture it all!


It was nice to be indoors for once, although today was not the coldest day of February. :)

Both drawings: 21 x 15 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Digging at Södermalmstorg

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


The Stockholm sketching group met last Sunday to sketch the view from a cozy rooftop bar at Södermalm. Only the bar was closed, so we ended up outdoors on the roof of restaurant Gondolen instead, cold, but with a view over my fav spot to draw, Slussen.

The New Slussen project is already visible everywhere around this place, although the city hasn´t officially started the actual destruction of the old Slussen. There are big roadworks preparing for the destruction, huge holes, fences and central heating pipes just about everywhere. It´s getting harder to walk or bicycle past Slussen, there is always a new concrete barrier somewhere forcing you out of your normal ways.

The archeologists at the City Museum (white building to the left) are making the most of the roadworks, though. In the big shaft visible in this sketch, they have found a piece of a 17th century street and an old kitchen with a baking oven from 1601. In other shafts they have found traces of buildings and workshops from the 15th and 14th centuries. Digging here is like opening a temporary window to the past, and although I hate roadworks as much as the next bicyclist, it´s amazing to think what might be lying beneath the surface of the rest of the city…

Stadshuset and some winter sun

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Today was a smashing winter´s day in Stockholm, with bright sunshine and just below 0°C. No snow yet, but we´ll get there. Four of the Stockholm sketchers gathered and spent a few lovely hours drawing near City hall. I don´t know how I managed to NOT fit in the three crowns on top of the tower here, they are such a strong symbol of the city, and leaving them out is such an epic fail. I´ll do better next time. Promise. :)


When our fingers got completely frozen, we went on to Kungsholms kyrka (Kungsholm´s church) nearby, and sketched inside for an hour – then headed for coffee. I didn´t think I was going to find the time to make one more drawing before Christmas, so this whole day was a fabulous bonus.


Merry Christmas to everyone who follows this blog! I hope you will have a wonderful holiday, not too far away from your sketchbooks and pens. :)

Top drawing: 21 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Exhibition opening – Stadssamlaren

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Last Friday my exhibition Stadssamlaren (The City Collector) opened at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm. All in all 96 of my sketchbook drawings from Stockholm are on show, along with some floor stickers and sketching gear. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening, you truly made my day! :)








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