Tuesday, 6 September 2016

USk Symposium Manchester

Already a month since Usk Manchester 2016- First day in Manchester, we arrived late and headed straight to the Curry Mile, unable to resist our craving for Indian food. Good thing we did that- we didn´t manage to return in the following days.
The next day we took the architectural city tour- though Phil asked us not too, i couldn´t resist a couple of scribbles. Again, good thing i did that, because i didn´t manage to return to the Imperial war museum or Ancoats in the following days.
This is the view from our flat in the Northern Quarter. Next day, exploring the City center, especially around Albert Square, since this was where i´d do my demo. But first, i got lost near the River Irwell and painted this morning sketch on the bridge.

This corner, of Wakefield street just next to Oxford Road Station, was sketched a lot- apparently one of those beautiful old pubs is going to be demolished.

In the evening, reception night in the town hall- a very impressive setting and afterwards, some busy sketchers on Albert square. Next day, the workshops start.

First workshop was Marina Grechanik´s- it felt like going back to basics, but in a necessary and good way-thinking about how and why we sketch and the stories we want to tell in our sketchbooks. Also first lesson in ignoring the british weather- it was bad.

I was also faculty for the first time, doing a demo near Albert square, which was fun. Here´s the result of the second demo i did.

Another workshop was car sketching with Lapin and Gerard Michel, inetersting to finally figure out that warped perspective when you´re sitting way to close to your subject.

 And Veronica Lawlor´s workshop, where finally the concept of thumbails start to sink in! Only took a couple of years.Love the combo Pentel/Brushpen + rain. Later on i ran out of painting water and took some from the canal- good thing you don´t need pure, brilliant colours when you´re painting in the rain.

This year´s Drink n Draw location was very pretty- the Peveril of the Peak, whatever that means,
these are some non-sketcher enjoying their pints.

Our last day in Manchester was spent in the Northern Quarter, exploring some more and drawing brick & back alleys.

The building above  is on Stephenson Square and houses the Art Store of my dreams. We then went back to the city center for some views and buildings spotted over the past days, for example the Gotham Building below. It merited some dramatic watercolour, i think.

Sinclair´s Oyster Bar was my last drawing in Manchester- this time.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Northern Portugal

Viana do Castelo

Casa do Chá in Porto

Tasting Portwine in Vila Nova da Gaia

Monday, 15 August 2016


Short Trip to northern Spain and Portugal in June, these are a couple from Galicia.
This mother and her toddler were shockingly color coordinated- on a nice evening on Praza da Constitucío in Vigo.
A hórreo gallego, a typical granary found in almost every backyard in rural Galicia, this one was rather atypically by the hotel pool.

Impressive Faro de Vilán on Costa da Morte, which apparently is already in A Coruña.
Slowly making my way to Santiago, where it´s great fun to watch pilgrims arrive at the cathedral and to wander around the old town.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016


Going through the sketchbooks of the past months and fondly remembering visiting Rüsselsheim. The town is known for the Opel factory, which dates back to 1862 and produced sewing machines and bicycles before switching to cars some years later.
Another interesting trip with Urban Sketchers Rheinmain.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Chicken & Cars

 A curious mix of subjects in my sketchbook lately.

The chicken were sketched at a poultry fair in Ellershausen. We went just to watch, mainly the day old chicks, but somehow we ended up with a car filled with chirping paper boxes. Apparently two Zwergwyandotten could not be left behind, and neither could some day old chicks.

Then  i sketched some cars at PS Speicher in Einbeck, a newly opened transport museum. It has as great collection of european microcars from the 1950s and 1960s i hadn´t seen before.

Sunday, 10 April 2016


I hadn´t done any nude drawing in ages, but enjoyed it lots. It´s always a bit frustrating when the best drawing of a three hour session is thast second six minute pose! But still, i´ll try again soon.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Wiesbaden in monochrom

To sketch outside my comfort zone is something i like. So when i forgot my watercolour box  last Saturday to meet with Urban Sketchers Rheinmain, it turned out to be a blessing. Sketching in  ballpoint pen is something i used to do a lot more, and i enjoy these simple sketches.