Archive for the ‘Watercolour’ Category

La DS Cornaline

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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I went to Moderna museet (the Modern museum, duh!) in Stockholm with a friend the other day, and Gabriel Orozco´s famous Citroën DS was on display. I had to give drawing it a try, of course, which was a mindboggling experience. No matter how much I tried to get the perspective and details right, I still had the feeling I was doing it all wrong… For those of you who haven´t seen this car in real life, here´s a short video on Youtube (not mine) to give you an idea: Orozco´s La DS Cornaline.

There was a no photo policy in this exhibition, but as sketchers, we had no problems with that. A guard told off every person who tried to photograph the DS, even with their phones, but we were allowed to sit as long as we wanted to sketch it. :)

16,5 x 18 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Gåstorget

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Gamla stan (Old town) in Stockholm is a bit of a challenge to sketch. Apart from your sketch always ending up looking like one of the zillion touristic postcards that are sold everywhere in Gamla stan, it is usually hard to find somewhere to sit comfortably for a longer stretch of time, because the streets are so narrow and often crowded with people. But if you take a little detour from the main streets, into some small alley, you may suddenly find yourself in a place like this. Gåstorget (Goose square) is a super small square, and it was empty and quiet the other day, and even provided a bench, a bit of shelter from the wind, and some interesting angles to draw.

17,5 x 19 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Low tide in shopping land

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Sunday morning is a strange time to visit the busiest shopping streets in Stockholm. You don´t often see them this empty, it´s almost bearable to spend an hour here at this time.

This sketch is a first for two things: I´m trying out a new sketchbook, handbound by Russell Parry, and I am giving my brand new Daniel Smith watercolours a test run. I have been wanting to try DS colours for ages, but they have not been available in Sweden before, which makes them expensive to get hold of. But now they are here, in a shop near me, so no need to wait anymore.

17,5 x 19 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Slussen protests

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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Spent a couple of hours at Slussen in Stockholm today, to capture some of the protest messages on the walls of Blå Bodarna (”Blue Stalls” – a walk tunnel that used to house an array of shops, of which only two or three are left, and soon closing). Handwritten messages are covering the tiled walls, protesting against the building plans for New Slussen.

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I only saw one voice positive to the City´s glossy new vision of this place. I guess those who like the plans are counting on the City to go ahead with their plans – no need to go out and demonstrate your point of view.

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45 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen, coloured Copic Multiliner SP  and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Millesgården

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Last Sunday we were a bunch of sketchers heading out to Millesgården, the museum and artist home of Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955). There is a fantastic sculpture park surrounding the house and exhibition hall, and a grand view over Värtahamnen, one of Stockholm´s harbours. The weather was fantastic, and we spent quite a few hours drawing there. I spent the whole day on the same spread in my sketchbook, drawing different views in the sculpture park and some sculpture details. (Click image for larger view.)

42 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Freelens watercolour

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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An image of pure joy: I just found out the other day that you can buy Daniel Smith watercolours in Stockholm. I have been wanting to lay my hands on these guys for ages, and now I finally have a few starter tubes to play with. Plus, I learned about freelensing with a DSLR camera today at work. So, two nerdy hobbies combined: freelens photos of watercolours! Can it get any better? :)

Entrance to art

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Stockholm has one of Europe´s hardest regulations against graffiti and street art, the City has decided on a zero tolerance policy, and graffiti gets washed away immediately when discovered. But of course, there are places where you can find great art if you know where to look – the usual “non-places” of a city, under bridges, in tunnels and concrete walls where not many people pass by.

This shady place, Atlasmuren (the Atlas wall), is one of those treasure troves. Enter in that darkest corner over there, and you will find all kinds of goodies. This Saturday I saw some beautiful photo works on tiles, some old stencil art, and great looking big wheat pasted posters. Bring a friend if you come here, though, because noone will hear you screaming if something happens in there…

21 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Puerto de la Luz

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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One last sketch from Las Palmas. I spent a few hours drawing in the harbor on our last day there. There is something about worn down industrial environments and big rusty ships that is so tempting to draw. I wish I could have come closer to some of these boats, but most of them were off limits for pedestrians. It would be great to be able to go onboard one of these old workhorses and draw what´s on deck up close.

Approx. 18 x 13 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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Not far from Las Palmas, there is a small town called Arucas, where there is this huge black church, looming high over the rest of the buildings – quite a sight. There are big churches all over Europe, but to me, this one is really special, because it is so fantastically big in comparison to the surrounding buildings. It´s as if it was built to the wrong scale!

I had to draw it, of course, and sat for about an hour and a half trying to do something to convey the feeling of standing in front of it, but honestly – this church is too much to fit on a sketchbook page.

(Click image for bigger view.)

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

Plaza de Santo Domingo

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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After some trouble finding a better layout for the home office, I am back on track with scanning the sketchbook.

My walk around Vegueta (see my previous post) also brought me to this calm, almost sleepy, little square – Plaza de Santo Domingo. Two or three people and some pigeons were my company here on this warm early afternoon.

20 x 14,5 cm, various ink fineliners and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.


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