Archive for the ‘Watercolour’ Category

Urban sketchers Eskilstuna

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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I am part of the Urban sketching community, and Stockholm has it´s own local group that meets up on the last Sunday of every month to draw together. Good fun, of course, and new friendships as an extra bonus.

Due to work, I have had the opportunity to join the USk group in Eskilstuna too.  The Eskilstuna crowd has a higher tempo than we do in Stockholm. They meet every Tuesday lunch, do a sketch, have a fika and chat, and then head back to work. For me, this limited time is a challenge, but a lot of fun. I am constantly trying out ways to speed up my sketches a bit, not always succeeding, but the process is fun.

20 x 20 cm, Lamy Safari with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Drawing everyday chores

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

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Doing laundry is a great chance to draw one of those things that we do without even thinking about it. It is a slow process and leaves heaps of time for sitting down, observing the everyday grind. Which always turns out to be more interesing than you´d think.

18 x 26 cm, Pilot Falcon with DeAtramentis document ink and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Quick sketches in Chicago

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

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I spent one of my last days in Chicago with fellow urban sketchers Liz Steel and Suhita Shirodkar. I am usually rather slow when I draw, and quite enjoy the process of spending time on a drawing, so no worries there. But hanging out with these Queens of Quick Sketching, their speedy habits made me want to let go of some detail, and keep up with my company. So, lo and behold, a sketch done in about half an hour (while sitting in blazing sunlight, at that!). It actually works! As much as I like details, you don´t really need that much of it to capture the essence of a place. Fun, and something I need to practice a lot more.

Otherwise, when I want to speed things up a bit, due to time constraints or so, I usually simplify my colours, as I did in the demo sketch below during the symposium. Sloppier drawing, loosing a few windows here and there, and working with only two complementary colours is my go-to repice for speeding up the sketching process.

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Top sketch: approx 20 x 24 cm, bottom: approx 19 x 17 cm, both drawn with fountain pen with DeAtramentis document ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

The L

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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The L train, or El for “elevated train”, was a fascinating feature of Chicago. I have only seen this in movies and tv-series, some when I was quite young, so actually standing there in the noise of these rattling trains made me feel nostalgic, strangely enough. Wabash avenue quickly became one of my fav streets in downtown Chicago.

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Top drawing: 42 x 29 cm, fountain pens with DeAtramentis document ink, grey Copic Multiliner and PITT Artist brush pens, bottom drawing: A4 size, fountain pens with DeAtramentis document ink, grey Copic Multiliner and watercolours. Both in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Urban sketchers table manners

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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It is lovely to eat with other urban sketchers. You know you have found you own “tribe” of people when everyone else too have their sketching gear on the table, among plates and drinks and whatnot. :)

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21 x 29 cm, fountain pens with DeAtramentis document ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Sketchcrawl Chicago

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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The Urban sketchers symposiums usually start with a grand sketchcrawl during the first day, and a public, even bigger one, on the last day. The Chicago symposium was no different, and a few hundred people headed out in blazing heat to sketch on that first symposium day. So much fun! Thank heavens for the trees in the parks, though. Extreme heat really isn´t my cup of tea…

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Both drawings: approx. 20 x 14 cm, fountain pens with DeAtramentis document ink and grey Copic Multiliner on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

The staggering height of buildings

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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Finally an update here! I know. Sometimes the blog gets unvoluntary pauses, due to work, lazyness with scanning and the very ease of using Instagram (do follow me on Instagram if you want more frequent updates!).

Anyway! Chicago, as I promised in the previous post! The Urban sketchers symposiums are always awesome experiences, meeting up with old friends and making some new too – plus teaching workshops and drawing, of course! Such a treat. But Chicago was a great trip in other ways too. Me and my dear M made a five day vacation out of it before the symposium began, and it´s a fantastic city to visit. So much to see, and the city itself has so many different faces, depending on where you go.

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The first thing that struck us both is the scale of the architecture downtown. Stockholm is a beautiful city, but VERY LOW in comparison to the really big cities in the world. We got aching necks from the first hour of walking through Chicago, just from constantly looking up. And then, when we relaxed a bit and lowered our eyes, we immediately started bumping into urban sketchers everywhere. :) We met at least three sketching heroes of mine during the first hour or so, Chicago´s own Don Colley, and then Rob Sketcherman and Lynne Chapman nearby.

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I found drawing really tall buildings quite difficult, when you´re not used to it. I made a few hit-and-miss sketches before I kind of got the hang of the scale in the downtown part of Chicago. One of the coolest spots to draw from was at the top of the Kemper Building, where I was lucky enough to have my workshop location during the symposium. I´m glad I don´t suffer from vertigo, you´re really on top of the world in one of these skyscrapers. And oh the light among the buildings and the view towards the horizon – SO spectacular!

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Chicago isn´t just about tall buildings, though. People, workshops, symposium events – more posts from the trip coming up in the next few days!

Most sketches: A4 format, fountain pens with DeAtramentis document inks and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

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.

Utställning Simons café

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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Just nu hänger några av mina akvareller på Simons café på Fullersta gård i Huddinge. Mysigt ställe med andra fina utställningar i konsthallen vägg i vägg, och gott kaffe – väl värt ett besök. Mina bilder hänger uppe fram till midsommar.

I have some watercolours on display at Simon´s café at Fullersta gård in Huddinge. Cozy place, other nice exhibitions in the art gallery nextdoor, and nice coffe – well worth a visit. My paintings will be there until Midsummer.

Not your average parking garage

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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I had the opportunity to spend some time drawing in the veteran garage again yesterday. This place is fantastic. It´s a constantly evolving brew of old cars, car parts, strange little mechanical gizmos, tools and crates with material that might come in handy for the next renovation project. Wherever I go here, I keep seeing new great compositions for drawings and interesting colour combos everywhere.

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The gentlemen mechanics who inhabit this little microuniverse work and talk all the time (there is always coffee around to). It´s nice to sit and listen to their chit-chat while drawing. Discussions of technical issues with the vehicles are constantly mixed with jokes and stories from either these cars´ lives or their own. Every time someone comes over to see how my drawing is coming along, I get new little bits and pieces of information about the subject on my paper, which makes the drawing process even more interesting.

Top drawing: 19 x 28 cm, Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, bottom drawing: 19 x 22 cm, same pen, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.


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