Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is where we spent our two days in Värmland - in a small red cottage with white corners, the archetype of Swedishness. The weather was fantastic, Swedish summer at it´s best, and the only thing that disturbed the idyll was the fact that I can´t spend more than 24 hours in a place like this before my allergy goes berserk.
18 x 15 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 10:51
We took a two-day trip to Värmland, in Western Sweden, towards the border of Norway, where my in-laws live. The road there isn´t too interesting if you have seen it a few times, but here and there it curves so nicely through the hills and the forests, like a soft ribbon, and I just had to try to capture it on paper.
13 x 10 cm, Pitt artist brush pens on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 10:46
Friday, June 19, 2009
Midsummer Eve in Sweden. Everybody hopes to achieve total happiness and 100 % sunshine on this day, but I actually had a few drops of rain when I went out to draw just nearby where I live. The happiness level is ok, though. :)
12,5 x 17 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink and watercolours on sketchbook page.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 15:11
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The boats from Volvo Ocean Race landed in Stockholm today, and the city has blocked of a whole quai (Skeppsbron) for the occasion, causing a few traffic jams here and there.
I love sailing, and even though I don´t like this kind of event very much (you know, a big stage with performing celebrities, a few stands selling beer and simple food, an inner sealed off area for the sailors and business people to mingle in, and loads of ordinary people watching the whole thing) I had to go see these boats in real life. My, our livingroom is narrower than these floating giants!
13 x 17 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink and watercolours on sketchbook page.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 19:50
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Went drawing with a friend (actually, I draw and she takes photos) day before yesterday, and we both wanted to take a closer look at this church, Botkyrka kyrka, on the edge of the Southern suburbs of Stockholm. The largest part of this old building is from the 12th century, which is kind of overwhelming when you start to think of it. Just imagine all the people who visited this place through almost ninehundred years...
15 x 18, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on sketchbook page.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 20:46
Sunday, June 07, 2009
My third year-students finished school two days ago. They are a bunch of lovely young people, with intelligence and hearts enough to change at least a part of the world for the better, and I wish them all the luck from now on. Actually, I´m not too worried about them, I know they will do well. But I know Monday will be an empty day at work, now that they are gone...
Anyway, I thought I´d draw some of the flowers in the beautiful bouquet they gave me, just to keep that memory in my sketchbook...
12 x 17 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and Kremer watercolours on sketchbook page.
Upplagd av Nina Johansson kl. 01:04