Tuesday, September 29, 2009

People in airports

It´s been quiet here for a while, I had to make an unplanned journey to my old hometown Umeå. Unfortunately I didn´t have much time for drawing up there, but waiting for flights at Arlanda and Umeå airports gave me some excellent opportunities to take the sketchbook out of the bag and get some People Practice. I need it badly...

This is no. 2 of five double posts, posted both here and on my new website/blog, ninajohansson.se Please update your links and bookmarks and come on over! After these five double posts there will be no more new posts here.

13 x 18 cm, Lamy Safari pens with Noodler´s Lexington Grey, Fox Red and Hunter´s Green ink on no-name sketchbook paper.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fresh flowers

I got a bunch of flowers from a very good friend this weekend. They have been standing in a vase on my kitchen table now for two days, mocking me with their impossible shapes. I couldn´t help giving them a try, even though I think flowers (and cars) are the most difficult subjects to draw.

This is no. 1 of five double posts, posted both here and on my new website/blog, ninajohansson.se Please update your links and bookmarks and come on over!

12,5 x 17 cm, Lamy Safaris with Noodler´s Lexington Gray and Fox Red ink, pencil and watercolours, on obscure brand of drawing paper in a sketchbook.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What´s with the silence?

I´m moving house, that´s what the silence on this blog is about! I have been reading, coding, humming and trying to understand Wordpress and all it´s amazing abilities and strange ways, and I think I have finally landed in something that I quite like.

The door is open, please come on over to my new online place! :)

I will be posting on both blogs a few posts ahead, but please, dear Friends and Readers, update links and bookmarks and come on over. I don´t want to loose you on the way between Blogger and Wordpress!

11,5 x 16 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on crappy sketchbook paper, and Photoshop for a digital touch.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Aspuddsbadet (Aspudden public bath)

This place is within a stone´s throw of my home, and I went to draw it yesterday with sorrow in my heart. The old public bath in Aspudden in Stockholm will be torn down to give room for a new kindergarten. The City made the decision a few days ago, and many people (including myself) are incredibly upset about this. Built 1919, this bath is a pearl, a unique piece of history, offering bathing experiences that you don´t find anywhere else. Or how about a swim and a movie (shown on the wall above the pool), or an all ladies night with candles lit around the edge of the water? And, of course, since the pool is rather small and not so deep, this place is a favorite for families with young kids living in the area.

I don´t know if the last word is said yet about the demolition, the local organisation that runs the bath and the people who use it and love it have been fighting for this place for a long time, and the discussions are lively right now. We´ll see what happens...

Till Stockholmare och andra hugade som vill påverka: gå gärna in på Madeleine Sjöstedts (fp) blogg och tala om vad ni tycker om beslutet:
Kommentera rivningsbeslutet

(The above is a chance for people in Stockholm to comment on the political decision on a Swedish politician´s blog.)

26,5 x 19,5 cm, pencil, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington grey ink and watercolours on Moleskine Watercolor Folio page.