January 11th, 2015
We went to Nice over the New Year, a short trip to get some light and see some new sights. I have never been to Nice before, it was a very positive first encounter! Love the size of the city, the sea, the sun, the food, and just about everything else. My dear M can also report that Nice is an ok place to have a cold in. Next time I will have to find more time for drawing.
Having a hard time getting used to 2015 in my signature…
All drawings approx. 20 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliners and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
December 29th, 2014
The Christmas celebrations are over, had a great time with relatives in Värmland in the Western part of Sweden. I managed to get myself out of the sofa (you know the drill around Christmas – lit candles, long-johns, and film watching is an important part of the general plan) and out drawing twice near where my in-laws live. I wanted to try out my watercolours in these really low temperatures (in this case -6 and -13°C), along with the vodka/water mix in my waterbrush. It did work really well to paint with watercolours this way, though the paint behaves a bit differently than usual.
It freezes a bit on the palette, just about to the texture of slush ice. Squeezing out more water/alcohol into it, turns it into floating paint again for a little while. It dries pretty quickly on the page as long as I don´t add too many layers of paint in a short time. In the second image, the cloudy sky actually behaved like it dried, but when I got inside it turned wet again, so obviously it had frozen.
Also, drawing and painting with double wool mittens is a bit tricky, but I found it quite liberating. I have to leave out a lot of detail, stop worrying about wiggly lines, and hurry up like crazy, because after about 20 minutes both drawing and paint has to be finished in these temperatures, otherwise I don´t have any sense left in my fingers.
So yeah, definitely no need to stop sketching outdoors because it´s cold. You just have to adjust time and tools a bit.
Top drawing: 20 x 13 cm, bottom drawing: 20 x 10 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours with vodka/water mix in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
December 21st, 2014
Today was a smashing winter´s day in Stockholm, with bright sunshine and just below 0°C. No snow yet, but we´ll get there. Four of the Stockholm sketchers gathered and spent a few lovely hours drawing near City hall. I don´t know how I managed to NOT fit in the three crowns on top of the tower here, they are such a strong symbol of the city, and leaving them out is such an epic fail. I´ll do better next time. Promise.
When our fingers got completely frozen, we went on to Kungsholms kyrka (Kungsholm´s church) nearby, and sketched inside for an hour – then headed for coffee. I didn´t think I was going to find the time to make one more drawing before Christmas, so this whole day was a fabulous bonus.
Merry Christmas to everyone who follows this blog! I hope you will have a wonderful holiday, not too far away from your sketchbooks and pens.
Top drawing: 21 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
December 10th, 2014
Last Friday my exhibition Stadssamlaren (The City Collector) opened at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm. All in all 96 of my sketchbook drawings from Stockholm are on show, along with some floor stickers and sketching gear. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening, you truly made my day!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.