Tuesday, 29 June 2010


Had a visit from my sketching buddy Anette today after work. We cooled down with a glass of elderflower cordial in the muggy heat, then settled down to sketch in the living room while a thunder shower took over the garden.


I sketched her drawing a skein of yarn. 0.1 mm ink pen in pocket sketchbook.

Here is what Anette drew in her new pocket sketchbook:
anettes skitse af garnnøglet

Monday, 21 June 2010

Growing chickens

We're having a go at keeping hens. Unfortunately three of them are growing into cockerels. I hope for better luck with the next batch - the idea was to get eggs for my kitchen.

growing chickens

Pencils and markers in pocket sketchbook.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Lack of concentration

This is what happens when you pair up a lack of concentration with unfamiliar materials:
mislykket akvarel

and a scan:
random and unfocused

Watercolours with waterbrush in large moleskine sketchbook (touch of pencil over the top)

And this is what happens if you do it once again, only this time with more familiar materials:
and once more in ink

Pens and brushtipped markers in the same sketchbook.

Sketching without concentration never yields a good result, but when doing it with unfamiliar materials the end product is nigh on embarassing.

Both of these were done in the failing evening light - the second one scribbled down in all haste before the colours faded from sight. I shall count my mosquito bites tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Student concert

Last night I went to a koncert with the students of my daughter's piano teacher at Musikskolen in town.

koncert med gittes elever

It's becoming a tradition that I sketch all the students who perform during the evening. Some of the beginners only play very short pieces of music, so I have to be very fast to catch a bit of them before they get up and leave the piano! It's good fun and great practice.

The sketches were done with a pen in a large Moleskine cahier - the thinner paper lets the sketches on previous and following pages show through in the scan. Sketches at earlier concerts were made in the smaller pocket cahiers. You can see all my sketches from the concert (and previous concerts) in this album: Concert Sketches

Monday, 14 June 2010

World Cup fever

Denmarks first match played today, against Holland (score: 0-2). The match was shown on a huge screen in the cathedral square Storetorv in Århus, and people scaled the buildings around the square, and perched on the large modern fountain Dragebrønden.

worl cup feber på store torv

I couldn't find a good spot to sketch from, so took the bus home with my new pocket sketchbook instead.

new pocket sketchbook

Summer is back and last night I made rødgrød - a traditional Danish dessert from red fruits served with fresh cream. There was a little left over so I had a small pot of it while I watched the second half of the match on TV - a sad spectacle!

rødgrød med fløde

Too bad about not managing to sketch the crowd in town.

Sunday, 13 June 2010


So much garden work this weekend. Today I trimmed the driveway, amongst other things, and afterwards I really needed to sit down for a bit, so I sketched the result.



trimmed greens

garden sketchbreak

Now we can get the car out without scraping through foliage, and the vegetable patch on the other side gets much more light. Next up: weeding.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

World Cup

Playing now: England - USA

world cup

Pencil, pens and markers in larger sketchbook journal.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Pen and pencil

Different characters, similar subjects.

salsa sleeping

salsa sleeping

the letter

paying attention

m & g

All in pocket sketchbook.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Visual puzzles

Breakfast this morning - Yunnan tea, blueberries, apple juice, rye bread, soft boiled egg, finger salt:


M last night, playing World of Warcraft on my computer:


Both in the larger sketchbook journal - top is pencil, bottom is ink pen with touches of blue marker and red coloured pencil.

Monday, 7 June 2010



Coloured pencil and markers in pocket sketchbook.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Under Englen

Had lunch with R at café Under Englen (underneath the angel) today. It's finally warm enough to be comfortable in the shade - just how I like my weather.

under englen wip

under englen wip

under englen

Various markers and pens. For some reason or other R timed me, and the sketch took 12 minutes to do - including our food arriving and the women at the next table striking up a conversation, but minus the text and the red on the backyard wall, which I added afterwards. I have no sense of time when I'm drawing, so wouldn't have known what to guess at if someone asked me how long this took - our perception of time is quite elastic, as per "waiting for the kettle to boil".

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Garden sketching

Summer is back! which means evening sketches in the garden after dinner. Simple stuff so far, but just really nice to be able to do again.

garden sketching

late tulips


Various markers and pens.