Exhibition Stadssamlaren at Spårvägsmuséet

November 29th, 2014

Välkommen till min utställning Stadssamlaren på Spårvägsmuséet på Söder i Stockholm! Vernissage fredag 5 december klockan 15.00! Ta buss 2 från Slussen mot Sofia, hoppa av vid hållplats Spårvägsmuséet. Utställningen är ett urval Stockholmsteckningar ur mina skissböcker, tecknade på plats i stan.

Welcome to my exhibition Stadssamlaren (The City Collector) at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm, opening Friday December 5th at 3 pm! On show is a selection of urban sketches from my sketchbooks, drawn on location in Stockholm. To get there, grab bus no 2 from Slussen, towards Sofia, the bus stop Spårvägsmuseet is right outside the entrance. See you there!


Stockholm from Kaknästornet

November 11th, 2014


A slow sketch from the top of Kaknästornet (Kaknäs tower) in Stockholm. Autumn is here, and things get darker and less colourful every day. Still, Stockholm tends to look good from this height any season.

21 x 14,5 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington gray, and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Ballpoint concert

November 5th, 2014


Another one from the beginning of the First aid Moleskine (see previous post). Sitting on the second balcony of Konserthuset in Stockholm in mid September, trying to make sense of a symphony orchestra from a funny angle.

18 x 14 cm, multicolour Muji ballpoint pen in small Moleskine sketchbook.

First aid

November 3rd, 2014


Sweden is entering the dark ages – November is here and daylight saving time is gone. Less hours of light per day is not optimal for sketching, and using my bicycle to and from work makes me want to save weight in my backpack/bike panniers. So, for now, I´m bringing my little First aid Moleskine sketchbook and a multicolour Bic pen as my only sketching tools on work days. The smallest sketching kit I´ve ever had to make do with, but I´m sure it will work out ok. Apart from the fact that I hate Bic pens and don´t care much for Moleskines either.


18 x 14 cm, Bic multicolour ballpoint on Moleskine sketchbook spread.

Rest in peace, little bumblebee

October 27th, 2014


I brought my art students into the school´s biology storage room for a drawing session the other day, and found this little fella, long since gone from this world. Bumblebees look so incredibly cuddly, even after their passing. This one looked like s/he just took a nap for a while…

Approx. 20 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and Pentel Pocket brush on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Back at Slussen

October 19th, 2014


After returning home from Brazil, of course I had to check up on Slussen, one of my fav places to draw in Stockholm. I almost thought Kolingsborg – the oval building in this sketch – would be torn down by now, but it was still standing. All of Slussen is about to get demolished and rebuilt, but the process has been taking a long time, with protests and appeals against the building plans.


After the elections in September, Stockholm (and Sweden) has a new government. The new politicians in City Hall want to review the building plans for Slussen, since they don´t think they had enough insight in the project before, so now you never know how long Kolingsborg will be standing there, overlooking Old Town. And you never know how long I will be sitting there on my folding stool sketching.


All drawings: approx. 14 x 21 cm, various ink pens and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Brazil, part 7 – São Paulo

October 5th, 2014


These are the last of my sketches from Brazil, from my very short stay in São Paulo. I wish I had had more time to explore this huge city, but I only had one evening and the following morning. Spent the time drawing together with Kumi from Japan, Andrea from the US and Cinthia, local sketcher from SP. We were sitting opposite the MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), outside a park packed full of actual jungle (the parks in Stockholm are a little less… overwhelming). The museum was closed – fortunately, because otherwise we would probably have gone inside, looking at art instead of being out there drawing.


The bus ride from Paraty to São Paulo was an incredible feast for the eyes. We passed through fantastic sea landscapes, the dense mata atlantica forest, rolling grass-filled hills and then São Paulo, which through my Stockholm-sized eyes is such a huge monster of a city that I couldn´t really grasp that I was actually there. Anyway, I tried to draw during the busride, which was an interesting experience – the road was not bad at all, but veeeery curvy! The guy sitting in front of me was suffering so badly from motion sickness, I felt so sorry for him – and so lucky that I´m not bothered by it.


I also made an attempt at the view from my hotel window in a backstreet of Avenida Paulista. I would have loved to go on sketching the view above these old houses – they had huge skyscrapers looming above them – but got too tired and needed to go to sleep.

And, the very last sketch, from Guarulhos airport in São Paulo, waiting for my flight home. There I was, in an airconditioned aiport, cafe latte in my hand, looking out at an expensive aeroplane being pampered by technicians for hours – facing a huge favela. Makes you think.


All drawings approx. 21 x 14,5 cm, various ink pens and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Brazil, part 6 – more from Paraty

October 2nd, 2014


The historic center of Paraty during the 5th Urban sketchers symposium was all about sketchers. Wherever you turned, around every street corner, there were people sketching. I wanted to draw the Igreja de Santa Rita, because it is such a strong symbol of Paraty (do an image search on “Paraty” and you´ll see what I mean) – and of course, in front of it, there were a bunch of sketchers! Liz Steel´s gang of workshopers were working hard on capturing the very same building. In the bars in the evenings – sketchers at every second table, at least. And hardly any room for food and beverage, since sketchbooks took up most of the space.


The boats in Paraty are a chapter of their own – so colourful! They are all painted in at least four bright colours, and walking along the harbor is a somewhat psycedelic experience.


I didn´t manage to squeeze in a boat ride during my stay in Paraty, but I captured a few of these fantastic creations during our morning sketch sessions.

All sketches: 21 x 14,5 cm, various ink pens and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Brazil, part 5 – In the Mood

September 27th, 2014


My own workshop during the Urban sketchers symposium in Paraty was called In the Mood. We worked with different ways to add more mood/atmosphere to our on-location sketches, by playing with different line qualities, colour schemes and contrasts.

Gabi Campanario had made these fantastic workshop tickets for everyone in the symposium, where several tickets from the same workshop put together made up example images from the instructors. Very clever and fun – it´s all in the details!


We started the workshop with group discussions about our associations to colours, lines and contrasts, and what mood they convey. This is of course not a subject with any right or wrong answers, rather it´s full of openings to discuss and compare views and thoughts. (Funny thing: the colour purple caused the most discussions, it seems we have different associations to it on the two sides of the Atlantic ocean. Interesting!)

As a starting point for the discussions, each group filled in a worksheet together, trying to figure out what tools to use to best convey different moods. (On the first workshop day, the rain was pouring down for a few hours. Fortunately, we found a kind café owner who let us use a few tables to work at.)



Then we did three sketches of Paraty “dressed” in different moods. Between each sketching session, the group met and compared sketches to see how the others met the challenge, and to seep up some ideas and inspiration from each other.

As always in Urban sketchers events, I am in awe over how open every participant is to sharing and discussing their work with others. I love it when everyone can let go of the final result and start to see the process as the important thing at hand. There is so much to learn from seeing how others work – while they are working, because workshop sketches are often not quite finished when the show-and-tell takes place – and the discussions around these sketchbook spreads are always a grand learning experience.


As usual when I´m leading a workshop, I am not focused on photographing, so unfortunately I didn´t manage to get a photo of all my workshop groups – wish I had. But at least I managed to get a snapshot of the last – and smallest – group. A big thank you to ALL participants of my workshops in Paraty, you all make preparing a workshop SO worthwhile! :)


Brazil, part 4 – Symposium start

September 24th, 2014


Teaching in an Urban sketchers symposium workshop is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, but there is one small downside to it – you get a little less time for actual sketching. To squeeze in a little more drawing action, I and a few other instructors staying in the same hotel got up early to go sketching together in the mornings. (Yes, I took time off from work to go to Brazil, and still got up at six almost every morning.) After breakfast, we headed out for about an hour of drawing before the day´s symposium activities began.

Morning sketchers, Paraty

A happy bunch of morning sketchers: Esther from Scotland, Liz from Australia, Behzad (and here) from Iran, Stephanie from the US, Suhita from the US/India, and Marc from Canada – and Marc´s wife Laurel behind the camera.

On the first day of the Urban sketchers symposium I had the opportunity to join Behzad Bagheri´s workshop The joy of the movement. He showed us ways to loosen up and start sketching and painting without thinking so much, adding paint to paper even before deciding what to actually sketch.


One of Paraty´s street dogs got very attached to fellow sketcher Kumi, and decided to stay on as our workshop mascot. He took center stage, almost competing with Behzad about our attention. :)



Behzad had us trying out his way of working with watercolours, which was a very liberating and inspiring experience. (Same church as in the top sketch, but from another angle.)


All sketches: approx. 21 x 14 cm, various pens and pencils and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper and Moleskine watercolour paper.

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