Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Coldest drawing this winter


This drawing is from the coldest drawing session of this winter so far. I went out for a walk in town a little more than a week ago, and had made my mind up to do at least one drawing with watercolours on location that day.

I saw this window from across a churchyard situated right below it, and sat down on a park bench by the church to draw. Unfortunately I sat in the shadow, on what must have been the most windy spot in the whole town, and even though the temperature was about 3 or 4 degrees above zero (Celsius) my fingers got all numb in that wind. It´s been a long time since I had such a hard time to move my pen around the paper. In pure stubbornness I started colouring the whole thing too with a Niji Waterbrush, but had to give up after a few minutes, when the wind actually tore the sketchbook out of my lap and blew it away among the graves. I finished the watercolours at home.

Funny thing: I just noticed that I wrote 2007 in the date on this drawing. Am I going backwards?

14,5 x 16 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink, and watercolours on Arches hot press watercolour paper.

13 comments:

PamYla said...

This is very nice, and your cafe painting is way cool too!

laureline said...

You are so dedicated and, boy, am I glad! This is a little jewel of a sketch. Hope your fingers are thawed by now.

Anita Davies said...

Beautiful Nina, so pleased you persisted...sounds like hell!

Quilt Knit said...

I think you just got a little to cold and must have been remembering a warmer day in 2007. This is beautiful.
With your Lamy Pen, do you use pre-filled cartridges or the convertor and purchase bottled ink? I just got a Lamy. It came with pre-filled cartridge and no convertor. Beautiful picture. I know what you mean about cold. I went out on a snowy day here in Boston and froze my fingers with my Nikon.
Sherrie

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful color...love the reflection in the window.:)

Sharon said...

The colors are beautiful and I really like the reflection of the sky in the windows.

juj said...

that reflection in the window looks positively frigid! I can't believe you braved that sort of weather at all. Beautiful job, and I have to second pamyla - that cafe painting is glorious!

PNH said...

In my younger days when I was gungho about painting, I cut the tips off a pair of gloves so I could keep most of my hands warm. Those days are long gone for me. You do a beautiful job no matter where or what you are painting.

seesue said...

You are FANTASTIC Nina! Braving the cold is amazing to me, a slug of the lowest order.
The reflection on the windows is what puts this one over the top for me as well.

Sandy said...

What a glowing sketch you achieved under such harsh conditions. I adore your style.

janabouc said...

Wow! Such determination. The colors turned out wonderfully--really capturing a cold but almost sunny day.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

stunning, again the colours are perfect.

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