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.
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.
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.