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Drawing with Inma

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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It is always fun when other sketchers visit Stockholm. A little while back, Inma Serrano from Sevilla was here, and we almost missed each other because I was out of town, but in the end we managed to squeeze in three hours and a lunch before she and her company had to leave for the airport. We sketched a bit at Djurgården, and JUST when I had finished the boat, a whole bus load of Russian tourists came and sat down in front of us with their pic-nic – hence the sketchy background…

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After Djurgården, a quick stop at Berzelii park, to draw some people.

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Inma is one of my drawing heroes – totally fearless sketching! – so it was awesome to at least get a little moment with her in Stockholm.

Both drawings: 21 x 14,5 cm, ink and watercolour on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Fishing huts

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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At the Southern end of Norrbyskär, there is a group of fishing huts, dating from the sawmill era. They are huddled up so tightly together, that walking around among them, you feel like you are walking into someone´s private home. But it is a nice spot to draw, so different from the rest of the island, where the workers´ homes stand in straight lines, at exact intervals.

Wish I had had time to do some more sketches here, but I drew this on my last day on the island for this summer, so I guess that will have to wait until next year…

21 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

The neighbor´s boat

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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A pure line drawing this time. I didn´t have time to colour it, since I was going to meet people at the ferry, and afterwards I kind of liked it like this. Still not sure if I´m going to add some little colour somewhere. What do you think?

Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy nib with Platinum Carbon ink on Langton watercolour paper.

The street of Stuguskär

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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A bit more unfinished sketch of “our street” at Norrbyskär. I was playing around with the long shadows across the street, they are so beautiful in the evening.

Approx. 28 x 28 cm, pencil and watercolours on Langton watercolour paper.

Sonja´s bicycle

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sonjas hoj

On the island where we spend parts of our summers, there are a lot of really old bicycles. They are still in use and cared for, since no motor vehicles are allowed. They say some of the bikes have been there since the sawmill era, which lasted from about 1900-1952. Respect.

19 x 19 cm, Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours on Langton watercolour paper.

Röda villan

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Röda villan

Another house on the island. Big display windows facing the street are the telltale of the times when the Red Villa used to be the co-op grocery store here. That was when the island´s sawmill industry was running and up to 1400 people lived here, at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, it is a summer residence, like most of the houses here.

Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, and watercolours, on Langton (I think) watercolour paper.

House 42 and Sixten

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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I haven´t posted all the drawings I did during this summer, away from scanners and fast internet connections, so I thought I´d do a little round of these.

This is our neighbor´s house on the island where we have our summerhouse. I was sitting at our front steps painting it. Suddenly, my mum´s dog Sixten drank all my painting water (don´t ask how he managed to squeeze his fluffy muzzle into that little container), then tried to steal the mug. When I said no, he had exactly this look on his face:

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Drawing: approx. 28 x 28 cm, bamboo pen with india ink, and watercolours on some watercolour paper.
Dog: approx. a little larger than a dachshound, with good mood and lots of hair.

A herring gull lunch

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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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:

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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.

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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.

Cars and coolness

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Saab 92 de luxe

Sometimes drawing is great in so many ways. Sweden has had a heat wave lately, it´s been 32°C every day for quite some time now, both in Stockholm and elsewhere. Anywhere you go, you sweat. Sitting in the shade doesn´t help much.

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Visiting my in-laws, I found out there is a vehicle museum nearby. I thought I might as well do something useful in spite of the heat, so I went over there to draw some cars. Turns out the museum had a lovely temperature of 18°C inside! Sweet relief! So, apart from having a great time drawing some beautiful cars, I was cool and comfortable the whole afternoon. :)

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Thanks to the nice people at Torsby fordonsmuseum, for letting me hang around drawing!

Top two drawings: 21 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. Bottom drawing: Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum carbon ink, and Pentel Pocket brush, and watercolours, on Fabriano Artistico cool press 200 g watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

A charming pile of rust

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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Might as well keep going with the cars here, I seem to bump into them everywhere right now. Must be the great weather we are having. :)

I loose all sense of scale with these huge american cars. It´s as if I kind of can´t believe my eyes when I´m drawing, and I should – you should always believe your eyes when drawing from observation. I loved capturing all the little details on this one – along with dents, broken parts and rust – but I kind of lost the overall proportions. I hope it´s still there next time I pass by, so I can give it another try.

20 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.


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