Sunday, 25 April 2010

Tired after the ball

Evening sketch of M and Gigi on the couch, watching a Poirot mystery on the telly.


Brush pens.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Watercolour sketchbook

Picking up the watercolour sketchbook again.

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Still using the waterbrush to paint. I didn't prepare properly, so had nothing to wipe it on and used the rear of the previous page.

waiting for polish to dry
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Palette: gold ochre, raw sienna, payne's grey, cerulean blue and burnt umber with a tiny touch of cadmium red in the face.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Seeking refuge from sleet and rain

pink umbrella

Spring is being capricious and throwing icy fits. No one knows what to wear to work or school each day - light coat or heavy coat? Shoes or ankel boots? Scarf? Hat? Fingerless gloves? Sunglasses? When things get a bit too exciting, we all seek refuge in the cafés.

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Brush pen marker.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010

In the depths of Sigfred's

Another visit to Sigfred's Kaffebar in Vangaard bookshop. This time I braved the depths of the labyrinthine café.

sketchbreak at sigfred's

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The interior was so colourful and jumbled and I just dived right in. The result is rather messy, and sense of space is almost lost in all the strong colour and shapes, but I still like it - it's representative of the place.


Ink pen, brush pen markers and coloured pencils.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Pretending summer

I managed to snatch a quick drawing of S reading in the sunroom, before the heat drove her away.

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I like trying to get the most out of whichever weird combination of colours, pens and pencils I happen to have available when I sketch. Ink pen, brush pens and coloured pencils.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Random lines

Late yesterday afternoon I just needed to go sit somewhere and draw random lines for a while, and the blackberry briars growing up the side of our open garage were the perfect subject.

briar sketchbreak

It is really nice to be able to sit outside and draw again after so long.

blackberry briars and daffodils

Ink pens and makers with a touch of coloured pencils.

Monday, 12 April 2010


Going home today, Søren, a homeless man sitting at my stop, asked me for help getting his walker on and off the bus. He talked to me the whole way - about his ailments, his friends and helpers, good places to find a bed or a meal in Århus, how to get around the country for free (more or less), etc. I drew him sitting on the bus, while we waited for his stop to come up.


He sells the Danish magazine about homeless and marginalised people "Hus Forbi" - you can see his seller's ID-tag displayed on a string around his neck. The magazine is sold exclusively by homeless or marginalised people and costs 20 Danish Kroner, of which 8 go to pay the seller, giving these people a chance at earning a little money of their own.

Ink pen, markers and coloured pencil.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

RarBar sketchbreak with Anette

anette sketching at rarbar

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rarbar sketchbreak

anette sketching at rarbar


Good company, bench, sunny spot, fleece blanket, hat, sunglasses, sketchbook, ink pen and coloured pencils.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Suburban humdrum

suburban view wip

suburban view wip

suburban view

Various ink pens and a couple of coloured pencils.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sigfred's Kaffebar

Spent lunch today at Sigfred's Kaffebar in Vangaard bookshop - the café is down the steps, with a tiny counter and small tables scattered throughout a couple of labyrinthine rooms between walls of bookcases.

sketchbreak at sigfred's kaffebar

I had one of their big sturdy buns and a soy-latte for lunch, and spent the half hour drawing the young man engrossed in his book at the table opposite mine.

sketchbreak at sigfred's kaffebar

My subject got up and left about halfway through, but thankfully the interior tends to stay put so it's just a question of hurriedly scratching people down, and then filling in the surroundings once they move/leave.


0.3 mm Artline ink pen, brown and blue Faber-Castell Pitt brush pens, and a grey coloured pencil.

Sunday, 4 April 2010


Grey and rainy day. We baked, watched films on TV, and the daughter of some of our friends came by to edit some tape disc of her basket games for university applications.


It's always nice to have a new (unwitting) subject around :)
Ink pen, brush pen, and coloured pencil.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Tea and muffins

Still nursing my bronchitis, and trying to distract myself with an easy recipe for buckwheat muffins and a sketch on the sofa.

tea and muffins sketch

tea and muffins

Ink pen, brush pen marker and a bit of coloured pencils. I like how nothing really fits or sticks together in this one.

tea and muffins

The muffins were good, unless you dislike buckwheat - I'll post a recipe on Ye Olde Kitchen Blogge tomorrow.