Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hus 42


On the island where we have our summer house, everyone introduces themselves to new people with the house number: "Hi, my name is this´n´that, house 42". That´s funny, it´s as if that number is part of one´s identity there. I´d never introduce myself that way at home, with my name and address. The house number is almost like a membership id, and if someone else too introduces himself with a house number, you know that oh, he´s one of us. No further explanations needed. Sort of like a secret hand shake.

22 comments:

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

I just LOOKS summery, Nina...wonderful!

seesue said...

Oh NINA! A delightful story to go with your delightful sketch.

pompatooie said...

Beautiful, beautiful painting. It's a house with personality.

Jennifer Lawson said...

Beautiful painting and a wonderful story. You must be enjoying your time in Hus 42.

Deb said...

Beautiful painting and story!

Leslie said...

Boy, that's lovely! I do like the story, too. :)

lyn said...

Very nice, you can see the shadows and leaves moving! Complimentary colors vibrant! Love your rocks too!

Stephanie said...

what a wonderful painting. I love your color choices listed across the bottom too.

The Happy Painter said...

Excellent! I am sketchbook focused at the moment so I can appreciate the leap to paper. I just feel so free and safe in my sketchbook, but you inspire me to get out the big-girl paper ... soon, soon, I'll do it!

Ann said...

Beautiful painting and I love the story too!

Margaret Ann said...

Wonderful Nina...just wonderful! :)

freebird said...

Love the shadows against the beautiful bright red house. Are all the houses so colorful? What a neat place to be. It looks wonderful.

Ratmomma / Carolyn said...

I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the "Arte y Pico" award.

You can read about your nomination and the rules here: http://infinitevisons.blogspot.com

Apple-Pine said...

Wonderful window! And great drops of color! Do you always make little palettes only when you show them here? :)

kazumiwannabe said...

Beautiful painting - this seems like a fantastic place to spend summer!

maria said...

Låter nästan som att det skulle kunna vara Norrbyskär...

vivien said...

:>D

what a gorgeous house

I love the light on the windows in particular

Deborah Ross said...

Nina, I just found your beautiful blog. What exceptional drawings and watercolors. I can't believe all this gorgeous artwork is sitting in a book, closed up.I will check back to see more of your work and to read the interesting stories.

A Brush with Color said...

that is funny--love this watercolor!! Some places have names for their homes--my relatives were the "Stenslands," and they called their home"Stenhaven." I always liked that. Numbers, though--that's different--kind of fun.

melissa said...

The story made the sketch even better. Thanks for sharing!

moreidlethoughts said...

Very Carl Larsen.

SCquiltaddict said...

I love this sketch...and the story is so great....we NEVER introduce ourselves at the beach with the house number...not even sure i know it! customs are funny arent they? Great seaside series!