Archive for the ‘Värmland’ Category

Old friends

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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We were in Sunne in Värmland last weekend, where I stumbled upon two cable excavators, seemingly rooted in the grass. They looked like old friends, watching the view over the field together, perhaps talking childhood memories…

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42 x 29,7 cm, Lamy Safari and Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with red and black De Atramentis Document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Low contrast Värmland

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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I went to Värmland (county in Western Sweden) with my dear M over New Year´s. For practical reasons (no water for the wataercolours) I had a go at a drawing with lower contrast than usual, while waiting for a swollen toe to get some tender love and care at a health center.

And then I liked the low contrast so much, so I did another the following day. Limping, of course, and feeling a little bit sorry for myself. ;)

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Various sizes, drawn with PITT artist brush pens, and some UniPin fineliner in the bottom drawing, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

T´s place

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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While in Värmland, I had the opportunity to visit T. He lives in a small cottage, without running water and electricity, but with a good spring of fresh water nearby. The little house is surrounded by meadows and forests, and offers an incredible stillness away from the buzz of people, commerce and the internet.

I was welcome to draw there for a while, and I had a lovely time, listening to the ravens crying in the woods, while drawing T´s place.

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T´s old International is collecting a bit of dust these days, but it´s done many a work day since he bought it a long time ago. “But it didn´t do any good in winter. It was impossible to start when it was cold”, T says.

Both drawings: 21 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolour in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

With the head in the clouds

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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Me and my dear M have spent a few days in Värmland in Western Sweden, hanging out with the in-laws and generally having a good time. M went to the local flying club there, and while he went flying with one of their pilots, I stayed on the ground trying to capture their gliders and TMG (touring motor glider – I´ve learned a new abbreviation!) in my sketchbook.

These planes are a totally new sketching subject to me, but they have such beautiful shapes, all streamlined and white, and they´re a joy to draw. Lesson learned, though: bring a BIG sketchbook to fit the wing span of these planes on paper…

21 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Freezing watercolours

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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The Christmas celebrations are over, had a great time with relatives in Värmland in the Western part of Sweden. I managed to get myself out of the sofa (you know the drill around Christmas – lit candles, long-johns, and film watching is an important part of the general plan) and out drawing twice near where my in-laws live. I wanted to try out my watercolours in these really low temperatures (in this case -6 and -13°C), along with the vodka/water mix in my waterbrush. It did work really well to paint with watercolours this way, though the paint behaves a bit differently than usual.

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It freezes a bit on the palette, just about to the texture of slush ice. Squeezing out more water/alcohol into it, turns it into floating paint again for a little while. It dries pretty quickly on the page as long as I don´t add too many layers of paint in a short time. In the second image, the cloudy sky actually behaved like it dried, but when I got inside it turned wet again, so obviously it had frozen.

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Also, drawing and painting with double wool mittens is a bit tricky, but I found it quite liberating. I have to leave out a lot of detail, stop worrying about wiggly lines, and hurry up like crazy, because after about 20 minutes both drawing and paint has to be finished in these temperatures, otherwise I don´t have any sense left in my fingers.

So yeah, definitely no need to stop sketching outdoors because it´s cold. You just have to adjust time and tools a bit.

Top drawing: 20 x 13 cm, bottom drawing: 20 x 10 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours with vodka/water mix in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.


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