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Gärdesloppet 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Today I had the pleasure of spending the day at Biskopsudden in Stockholm, along with sketching friends from Urban Sketchers Stockholm, to enjoy all the vintage cars of Gärdesloppet. Oh joy, a whole field full of old cars of all brands, and fire trucks, and buses, and old ambulances (you know, from when they were still white with a red cross), and motorcycles, and, and… Just wish they´d all stay there for a couple of more days, one day is too short.

Anyway. I got a ride in the car cortege around town with the fine folks who renovated this old trolleybus to it´s former glory. Had a blast trying to capture the interior during a somewhat bumpy ride. Kudos to the people who not only renovated this pearl once, but did it again after it burned in 2013!!

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Apart from bus rides and a lovely picnic with fellow urban sketchers, I stopped by this little gem, a Fiat Topolino from 1950. I love the simplicity of these cars. Too hot? Just open the little hatch in front of the door to let the wind in, and roll back the textile roof!

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All images: 21 x 15 cm, Lamy Safari (mostly) with DeAtramentis Document black ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Volkswagen Kleinbus in a storm

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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It is so much fun to draw old cars, and now is the time to do it. In winter they are all hibernating in hidden places.

I found this guy parked in our street on my way home the other day. There was half a storm going on, and I wasn´t quite dressed for the occasion, but I managed to do a standing-up quick drawing (see below) without the sketchbook being blown away or rained on. Then into the warmth by the kitchen table, with a cup of tea, and watercolours. Voilá!

Turned out ok, I think, after nudging the right headlight into a more correct position. The poor fellow looked a little cross-eyed before that…

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15 x 20 cm, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington grey ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Stortorget in rain, sunshine and hail

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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Yesterday was the last Sunday of April, which means sketching time with Urban sketchers Stockholm. In spite of rain, hail, sunshine, hail again, and then some rain, all in one and a half hour, 16 keen sketchers turned up at Stortorget in Gamla stan (Old town).

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I discovered that fineliners don´t like raindrops. As soon as I ran the pen across a drop of water (or half frozen hail, for that matter), it stopped working for a while! Luckily I had three pens of the same nib size.

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Here are a few of the brave sixteen, some with mittens, some with hats, all with a deep concentrated gaze across Stortorget.

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

Bysistorget

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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Last Sunday I went drawing at Bysistorget with Urban sketchers Stockholm. It was a rather informal meeting, hardly planned ahead at all, but still 11 people showed up with pen in hand! Good times, cherry blossoms and sunshine!

27 x 16 cm, Kizuna fude pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours on some kind of unknown watercolour paper.

Stockholms stadsbibliotek

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Spring is definitely upon us in Stockholm – my bicycle has got summer tyres on, crocuses are everywhere, and the sun is smiling!

Spent half an hour or so drawing in front of Stockholm city Public Library this weekend, finally able to use my fountain pens outdoors again, after a long cold winter. Also a sure sign of spring. :)

21 x 14 cm, Namiki Falcon with De Atramentis document black ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Stockholm Urban Sketchers at Nytorgsgatan

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

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Have you heard that Stockholm now has it´s own local chapter of Urban Sketchers? Yes, folks, it is so! We usually meet up on the last Sunday of each month, to sketch and fika together. You are of course welcome to join, if you are into drawing and sketching on location! Keep a lookout on our brand new website, http://stockholm.urbansketchers.org. We add sketching events to the calendar as soon as we plan them.

The Easter holidays ate the last Sunday of March, what with all the family dinners and egg-paintings that people do then, but a few of us met up with Hong Kong sketcher Justin Ng who was visiting Stockholm. The huge Urban sketchers community is great that way – when you are traveling, there is always someone local to hook up with for some sketching and coffee. :)

Do not miss Justin´s completely jaw-dropping sketchbook: http://tkjustinng.com/sketchbook/.

21 x 14 cm, Kizuna fude pen with DeAtramentis black ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Blecktornsgränd

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

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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.

Norrbyskär 180°

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

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Posting some sketchbook pages that I have forgotten to scan! I tried the 180° approach that I learned in Singapore at our summer house in August. First time ever that I got all the houses in a row on the same page!

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

Last day in Singapore

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

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I spent my last day in Singapore in Chinatown, with Liz Steel from Australia. China town was a tricky place to sketch in, especially in the narrow market streets, where vendors opening up their shops made our view smaller and smaller, moving their merchandise out into the street, in front of where we were sitting. However, it was such a visual feast to draw there, with all the strong colours, old shop houses and people everywhere.

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And then, in the evening, the moment had come to grab my luggage at the hotel, and head out to the airport to start the journey home. A full day in 31°C humid heat is not a nice preparation for a long night flight. Changi airport lived up to it´s good reputation when I found the showers in one of the lounges. :)

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Tried out a new fude nib fountain pen waiting for the last leg of the trip in Frankfurt. I rarely use water soluble ink, but this is what came with the pen, and a waterbrush made it a quite nice experience to play around with.

All drawings: 21 x 15 cm, various ink pens and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Gardens by the bay

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

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Gardens by the bay is a must-see in Singapore. It´s a huge park area in the city, and hosts everything from themed kitchen gardens, to children´s garden to huge glass domes with fantastic amounts of flowers, to the grand super trees, with a fabulous light show every evening.

I was in awe of the Cloud Forest glass dome, a seven storey built up mountain (!) full of flowers and exhibitions of natural phenomena. I was drawing flowers in there for about three hours with Hong Kong sketcher Ben Luk.

42 x 15 cm, UniPin and Copic ink fineliners and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.


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