Continuous line

I like my sketches best when I manage to combine liveliness & simplicity – when everything looks easy. But nothing is more difficult than easy. In my search for easiness I have found speed to be of great importance. And so to train my hand I am making a lot of quick continuous line drawings,…

Everything we do is music

Music is the only art form I know nothing about, still I see and hear music in all the other arts; rhythm, pattern, movement, balance, silence, emptiness … these are all important qualities also in poetry and visual arts. At the Drawing Room in London the exhibition Everything we do is music is underlining the affinities. You…

A face a day

Yes! I made it! I managed to sketch a face every day for 30 days, and I am so happy! Happy because I achieved my goal, happy because I did something new in the area of sketching and drawing, going outside of my own comfort zone. I did not make any great drawings, but I…

Regarding Beauty

Beauty has been a recurring theme in these writings of mine – it’s a concept constantly slipping away from any final definition. Andrew Wyeth, “Frostbitten” (1962), watercolor on paper (Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth) In his book Why Beauty is Key to  Everything Alan Moore writes: I have always been fascinated by beautiful things: architecture, furniture, books.  Beautiful…

Still sketching

— even more! Nothing gave me more pleasure last year, than re-discovering the art of sketching and drawing. I have decided to pursue this joyful activity even more in the year to come, and to challenge myself into doing things I’ve never done before. And so I decided to start this year with a Sktchy…

2017 in books –

 personal favourites: Ali Smith: Autumn Ali Smith: Winter Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing Angela Palm: Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body Deborah Levy: Hot Milk Nina Riggs: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying According to Goodreads I read 76 books in 2017, it sounds a lot, but…

Regarding Hendrick Avercamp

Here is the text I planned to talk about in my last post, Michael Glover’s great little essay on Avercamp’s: Winter Landscape with Skaters – hereby recommended!   Winter Landscape with Skaters is a 1608 oil on oak painting by the Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. * Many of Glover’s fine essays on art can be found…

Winter Landscape with Skaters

I read a short text today that made me think about the artistic origin of urban sketching. Winter Landscape with Skaters is a 1608 oil on oak painting by the Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.   Urban sketching, as a contemporary phenomenon, is indebted to the Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, who in 2007…

Winter Grace

There is this poem by Patricia Fargnoli, which actually captures what I try to touch upon in my photos, in a wonderful way. Listen to this: Winter Grace by Patricia Fargnoli   If you have seen the snow under the lamppost piled up like a white beaver hat on the picnic table or somewhere slowly falling into…