Tiny cars

February 9th, 2017

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Two more from the tiny companion sketchbook. I found this old, seemingly abandoned, Pontiac Fiero in an industrial area when bicycling around. I don´t know about these eighties plastic car bodies, not really my cup of design tea, but definitely fun to draw.

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You´ll never go wrong with a pink VW bus. When I spotted it, I immediately got off the bike and sat down on the curb to draw it. After a while, a Volvo drove by, stopped, and the driver came walking back. “Are you ok?”. I was into drawing, so a bit surprised, I didn´t get what he was talking about. I guess I answered something silly like “Huh?”. “Well, I just wanted to check if you had fallen off your bike, but I can see now that you´re drawing…”.

Aww. :)

Both drawings: 17,8 x 14 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

The tiny companion

February 8th, 2017

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I have always had a hard time working in small sketchbooks. Not so much because of the size, but because I haven´t found any decent sketchbooks to use. I have tried Moleskines – good for ink, but not for watercolours, I have tried to bind my own – good paper, but my own binding tends to be a little too chunky for small books. And then I´ve tried a number of others, with crappy paper, or the books don´t open flat, or the binding falls apart, or…

In September, the good people at Stillman & Birn sent me some samples of their new softcover sketchbooks, and I started out trying the small portrait format book, 8,9 x 14 cm. And I have to say, after using it for a while, that these small books are perfect! The paper is my usual favorite alpha series paper, with the right balance (for me) of tooth and watercolour durability, and the covers, although they are soft, are flexible but still really sturdy and strong. The book opens flat in spite of it´s small size, and is easy to hold and use, even standing up (which I always have a hard time with, using larger size books). I really like the rounded corners too.

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To make a balanced review, I´d like to say that there is at least one thing that I´m not too crazy about with this little book, but I really can´t think of anything. I´ve been keeping this little fellow in my bags since September (when I´m not drawing in it, obviously), which means it´s been squeezed, scraped, bruised and bent, over and over again, but it´s still holding up fine (see photo below).

Also, it´s getting thinner and thinner, because I´m doing something to it that I´ve never done before: I always draw on whole spreads, i.e. where the spread consists of the same sheet of paper, and then cut them out (I know, so terrible, right?). I´m thinking I´m going to frame these little guys somehow, once I´ve used up the book. We´ll see where that ends up. More spreads coming up in the next posts!

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Both drawings: 17,8 x 14 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Time flew, all is well

February 5th, 2017

Utställning Flygeln, Huddinge, nov 16

Well, there you go. I have had a long blog hiatus, without even planning to. Sometimes time just isn´t enough for everything you want to do, is it? So now I´m sitting down to do something about it. Sorting through images, writing some posts, and it feels like I´m getting back on track.

The exhibition in November went well, had lots of visitors at the opening and at the finissage, and perhaps a bit fewer in the weekens between. When the slow hours of Sunday afternoona came along, I spent some time drawing the exhibition space. Never bored with pen in hand. :)

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Top drawing: 17,5 x 14 cm, pencil in Stillman & Birn alpha series soft cover sketchbook.

Watercolour mess

November 13th, 2016

Hands dirty.

Working towards my little intro exhibition at Huddinge Konstnärsklubb on Saturday Nov 19 (see info in previous post). I don´t know why I always manage to get my hands full of watercolours, isn´t this usually a reasonably clean technique?

Exhibition time

November 10th, 2016

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Jag har målat lite.

(English further down…) Stockholm börjar bli kallt, och hösten känns som en bra tid att spendera inomhus med akvarellfärgerna. Så nu blir det utställning!

Vernissage lördag den 19 november kl 12-16 i Flygeln vid Fullersta Gård i Huddinge. Jag har gått och blivit medlem i Huddinge Konstnärsklubb i år, och det här blir mitt intro i klubben, kan man väl säga. Ska bli kul!

Jag ställer ut akvareller från Slussen och Huddinge, och utställningen är öppen lör-sön 12-16 fram till den 11 december.

Fullersta gård är för övrigt ett mysigt ställe, det pågår fler utställningar samtidigt, och finns ett fint fik också. Lagom promenadavstånd från Huddinge station.
Hitta dit: https://goo.gl/maps/c1UJ6QiN4M42

Välkommen! :)

I have been painting. Stockholm is getting cold this time of the year, it is a good time to head inside to use up some watercolour paints. So now I have an exhibition coming up soon, a small introduction as a new member of Huddinge Konstnärsklubb (Huddinge Artist club). Opening the 19th of November, 12-16, at Flygeln at Fullersta Gård in Huddinge. (See link above to find this place – super cozy, with other exhibitions open, and a nice café too – well worth a visit!)

Welcome! :)

Adeln concert

October 12th, 2016

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The last drawing from Norrbyskär this summer – Adeln played jazz at the museum, and I managed to to a quick drawing from the back row. Such a great concert, only too bad I was at a bad angle for the poor pianist – he´s back there, somewhere…

19 x 17 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink, and watercolour, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

VW Limousine 114

October 9th, 2016

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Every time I took the ferry out to the island this summer, I thought to myself I have to draw this old VW Beetle in the ferry parking lot before someone moves the old beauty away. Didn´t get around to it until the 8th of August. Fastest car drawing I ever did, 20 minutes. Not because I actually wanted to be fast, but because the boat was leaving and I had to be on it.

19 x 17 cm, UniPin Fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

The room

October 7th, 2016

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I spent a little time drawing the main room of our part of the summer house back in August. Fun, fun, fun drawing interiors, all of a sudden! And Sixten the dog tried to add some interest to the composition, in his own way.

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The same room from the opposite corner. No dog.

Both drawings: 20 x 28 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Summer goodness

September 28th, 2016

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Some random goodness from the summer island. Just wish I could capture all those really dramatic clouds that always seem to flock over the water out there. I need to practice doing clouds with watercolour. Next summer.

Roses from house 48.

And the old cable tower, now without electricity, is slowly but surely falling apart. So sad. It´s a real landmark for all those who come to the island by boat.

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Top image: 17 x 12 cm, middle: 18 x 15,5 cm, bottom: 21 x 29 cm. UniPin fineliners and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

A´s cottage

September 26th, 2016

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I drew a few interiors this summer. I always find it tricky to make the perspective work indoors, for some reason, but the more I do it, the more I get it. This is part of my aunt´s tiny cottage.

19 x 18,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.


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