Friday, May 01, 2009

First of May


Two posts on the same day! Not a usual habit of mine, but I thought I´d post this fresh on the right day.

It´s the first of May today, and in Stockholm the International Worker´s day is celebrated with several street demonstrations organized by the political parties to the left. I took a bike ride through town, passing by three different demonstrations. It must be a logistic nightmare for the people who draw the maps for these marches - they all take place simultaneously, and they all want to be close to the city center. The whole town is like a huge street festival with orchestras, drums, red flags, demonstration signs and people shouting, singing, marching.

I sat on a little doorstep on Kungsgatan drawing this while the Social Democratic party marched by.

13 x 17 cm, Lamy Safari with Lexington gray ink and watercolours on sketchbook page.

10 comments:

winna said...

those flags are so right for a journal page--what a composition!! May 1st to me means, May Day---where people ring the doorbell or knock on the door and then run away while leaving flowers for you and you have to guess who it was..if I get some this year from my grandaughter who has done this for over 24 years---I will photo them. I just love this page you did...

Sandy said...

Fabulous capture of the moment, and with all the movement I suspect, making this ever better, Happy May day to you!!

Alex said...

love the use of colors here! May in here in Cologne(maybe in the entire Germany) means boys cutting down birch branches, decorate them with color full ribbons and set them up in front of the windows of the girls they like in the middle of the night(while guarding them), so that the girl would get up in the next morning and greeted with this surprise :)
Kinda interesting right?

Joan Gillman Smith said...

Nina, these are wonderful!
The window views --- so creative!
Brilliant color too!

kazumiwannabe said...

Very cool! Love your style, neat and precise, and your incredible sense of composition.

josu maroto said...

congretulations
i like a lot your style
I have discovered the lamy safary too thanks to your blog

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thanks

Margaret Ann said...

A great drawing Nina! :)

Sarah Ketelaars said...

Lovely, i love the bright red of the flags. super.

janabouc said...

I love this sketch! The colors are so vibrant and it's neat how you drew the building and then the people and just let the lines be.

संदीप said...

I loved this painting...