Monday, November 24, 2008

After the storm




The whole eastern part of Sweden had a snow storm last night, and it kept snowing most of the day today. Everything sounds muffled outside, the gray gloom of autumn suddenly turned bright white and everything is so beautiful. And of course, since this is Stockholm, the traffic is total chaos.

The first drawing is the view from my office at work, suddenly a very aesthetic and clean image. The second is the view from our kitchen window a little later in the afternoon. You´ve got to love winter when it shows itself from it´s best like this. After the storm, that is.

15 x 10,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Polar black ink and Faber Castell coloured pencils on some crappy brown paper.

33 comments:

winna said...

I'll try again---didn't go through the first time---both sketches (works of art) are wonderful and warm even if it is cold. Spot on techniques, choice of color and design. I love them !

Cecelia said...

Snow! How wonderful, and your art is so warm and cheerful for a winter day. Wish we would have some snow here, but it is rare in our part of Texas. When I was growing up, I thought it would be so neat to get snowbound in our cozy little library.
One of my great-grandmothers came from Jonkepping to Texas, but that was back in about 1878.

Sarah M said...

These are so beautiful. I especially like the street lamp in the 2nd one - gorgeous!

petescully said...

both are utterly beautiful. Great job on the 'crappy brown paper'!

Margaret Ann said...

I agree with Pete..."One person's 'crappy brown paper' is another one's treasure" LOL...These are stunning Nina...real treasures!

...I remember well the magic of the first snows back in the midwest...I miss them a lot at times like these...a beautiful capture...the brown paper adds so much! :)

Shirley said...

Spectacular! I love snow and you captured the best of freshly fallen snow. The area of light is a special touch....

Ann said...

These are both beautiful! I especially like the trees in the snow. And the 'crappy brown paper' is perfect!

laureline said...

These are my absolute favorites of all that I've seen you do over the years---and, as you might guess, that's saying a LOT! That second one captures soft light in darkness so well that I'm filled with admiration and envy. Sublime, Nina.

Sherry said...

Oh Nina, I despise winter, except when I see it like this. Both theses sketches are lovely, but the night scene is my absolute favorite.

Sherry

seesue said...

Nina, you uber talent you. These are such beautiful examples of your amazing art. That night scene! Made me think 'Lithograph', why is that?

Kim Saxe said...

One word: stunning.

Jennifer Lawson said...

Love these, Nina. Great effect on that paper! Makes me miss snow...sort of.

john.p said...

Love these, Nina! I'm with Sarah about the street light. Love snow at night. Anxiously awaiting our snow in central US. We'll have our share, too.

BMoon said...

I love your "crappy" brown paper...sets the mood up so well for these exquisite drawings.

Christie said...

Beautiful, so nicely designed. Sometimes I miss snow (never thought I'd find myself saying that!)

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Beautiful, Nina...I love the snow...

Pedro said...

This is almost unimaginable for a Southern Europe natural but the images you show are really beautiful.

Nel said...

These are both just great! Love the effect of that glowing street lamp, and how it casts a light on the surroundings.

Trish said...

Nina, your sketches are lovely. that is just the way I like to see snow, beautifully drawn,so that I can admire from afar. Now I remember why I moved to Florida (sub-tropical climate)

Alison said...

Oh, lucky you, getting snow. The brown paper contributes to a lovely feel.

June said...

Someone gave my blog the Butterfly Award and I have passed it on to you because I love your blog. June

Monette Satterfield said...

I really like the trees - so serene! Snow is alien to me - I've never even seen it properly - but I love looking at it's effects. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I love that you describe it as "crappy brown paper" - it was the neutral paper choice that really caught my attention. I love it.

starrybluesky said...

I love both of them but the second one has something really magical about it :)

gabi campanario said...

i love the spotlight in the bottom one, i can feel the cold, brrrrr!

Robyn said...

Beautiful! My favourites too.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Adore your work and have really enjoyed your weekly sketchbook. As for these on scrappy brown paper, stunningly unique and the light on the wall in the second one is an inspiration. Needless to say I followed the MARUMAN X project (via Anita) - awesome works from you all.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh wow, these are absolutely stunning Nina.

Sarah Ketelaars said...

these are lovely Nina. The night scene is really charming. You are sooooo talented. (They'd make wonderful Christmas cards!)

matthew_c said...

These are wonderful !

CATI said...

Very wonderfull drawings! i like the light, and the minucious traits of pen, like gravure and old arts and crafts!
I love those drawings! Congratulations!

chris hack said...

wow... the 2nd drawing is so beautiful. gorgeous stuff.

DRB said...

I missed this earlier. A favorite.