Brazil, part 2 – Rio de Janeiro

September 12th, 2014

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During the few days I spent in Rio de Janeiro, I had the opportunity to see so many incredibly beautiful views together with my fellow sketchers. Many cities have some places where you can get up high and see a panorama view of the city, but Rio really makes the rest of them look a bit… ordinary. The mountains right in the middle of the city makes nature take center part of the view, in spite of the size of this place. And because the mountains keep appearing behind one another, as far as the eye can see, the impression you get is so atmospheric. It is quite a breathtaking experience to see a sunset from Pãu de Açúcar, Sugarloaf mountain. And it is a bit stressful (but fun!) to try to draw it while the light disappears! The sunsets in Rio are much shorter than they are in Sweden this time of the year, I was quite taken by surprise several times when drawing near sunset – the light just disappears in a quarter of  an hour!

Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

On one of the days in Rio, local sketcher Thais lead the way to Jardim Botânico. I really enjoyed drawing all the fantastic organic shapes, wish I could have spent more time there, though, there was so much to discover! And, as a bonus, I got to see the first wild monkey I´ve ever seen. Cutest little thing. And no, it didn´t really lend itself to sketching, it was moving too fast. ;)

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The morning after visiting Pâu de Açúcar, we headed up to Corcovado, where the famous statue of Christ stands – and where the next fantastic view was waiting to be drawn. This view is sort of the opposite of the one from Sugarloaf, so visiting both gives you a pretty good idea of the layout of Rio. Also, it´s funny that from one of these mountains, you can draw the other, and vice versa. :)

Th train ride to get to the top of Corcovado was actually a nice part of the whole experience, moving through very dense forest which now and then opened up to completely breathtaking views.

Corcovado view, Rio de Janeiro

Cristo Redentor, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

I was happy to spend at least a few hours in Centro in Rio, a part of town which is more about business than about smashing views. We grabbed something to eat in the classic Confeitaria Colombo, and of course everyone was drawing during the whole meal. I also managed to squeeze in more of a street sketch before heading back to the hotel for the evening. Needed to get some sleep before the bus trip to Paraty and the 5th Urban sketchers symposium.

Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Janeiro

Centro, Rio de Janeiro

All drawings: 21 x 14,5 cm, or 42 x 14,5 cm, various ink pens and watercolour on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Brazil, part 1 – Rio de Janeiro

September 8th, 2014

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It feels a bit unreal to say, now that I am back home, but the lack of posts here lately is due to the fact that I have been drawing in Brazil for ten days. I had the great fortune of being one of the instructors at the 5th Urban sketchers symposium in Paraty, Brazil, which was a fantastic experience. These events keep getting better every year, and this time was no exception.

On my way there, I stayed in Rio de Janeiro for a few days (too few!) and got the opportunity to meet up with both local and foreign sketchers to see and draw some fantastic places in this city.

Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On my arrival in Rio, I met with local sketcher Nathalia. She had the perfect remedy for an exhausted traveler – we had a nice lunch and then went to the art school at Parque Lage near Jardim Botânico and sketched in the park. It was warm, calm and fabulously beautiful. As a little bonus, the Cristo Redentor was looming up above in the background. Thanks Nathalia for keeping me company that day, and showing me around for a bit. You really made my day!

The next few days, more sketchers arrived in Rio, and I met with – among others – Orling, Karina, Miriam, Flavia, Christina, Joel, Thais, Gabi and Kumi. The company of these guys made Rio an even more awesome experience. :)

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Apart from Rio de Janeiro being a very beautiful city, full of great views, things to see, sketch and do, I found a tremendous amount of little things to be incredibly interesting. You know, the stuff that is almost the same as at home, but not quite. I think I could have spent days just sketching stuff like this; street furniture, groceries, little old houses, traffic, plants… But I only had four days, so I had to move on to the grand views. More scans coming up soon!

Dino bar in Rua São Clemente, Rio de Janeiro

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

Drawing with Inma

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

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

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

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

August 13th, 2014

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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

August 12th, 2014

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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

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.

View from Tranebergsbron

August 11th, 2014

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I took my bicycle to Tranebergsbron (Traneberg bridge) today and sat down to draw a panoramic of the view from up there. It´s not a super comfy place to sit, you have four lanes of roaring traffic and a metro track behind you, but the view makes up for it. I had a really nice time – perfect weather, and an unusually lot of people stopping to see what I was doing and chat for a while. One of them, DJ Micke Pietile, took a photo of the work in progress, and was kind enough to send me the image:

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45 x 15 cm, black Staedtler fineliner, gray Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.


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