Trespassing time and place

Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011) is a great painter, but sometimes it seems even more accurate to describe him as a great writer. He writes of many things: his love of other great painting and writing (and sculpture and architecture), his love of nature and history and of the places where all these things intersect most…

Sunday poem on a Saturday

Lighthouse Keeping – Seas pleat winds keen fogs deepen ships lean no doubt, and the lighthouse keeper keeps a light for those left out. It is intimate and remote both for the keeper and those afloat. Kay Ryan (from my sketchbook)

Summer days

Staying at home when everyone else is on holiday makes the everyday look a little bit different. The streets are empty, and so are the supermarkets, playgrounds and schoolyards – all deserted. All is peaceful … almost forsaken. Still I’m here, doing my daily sketches, recording what is. But I’m not only sketching, peaceful days…

Florilegium

  Or: How my love for walks, nature writing & sketching currently seems to merge in a joyful celebration of all things growing – Phacelia tanacetifolia; “purple tansy” or “fiddleneck”  It seems I am about to sketch a florilegium for myself, for the simple joy of doing it – . The florilegium – a short history In…

A Palladian Odyssey

or: Seeing and drawing in Veneto with Liz Steel & a group of wonderful sketchers – If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path. –Joseph Campbell   I…

two weeks, two countries

 – new instalments in my perpetual nature journals. Week 18: oak and narcissus in my Norwegian journal. … Week 19: a twig of passionflower for my Spanish sketchbook.   …  

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,…

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…

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…

Regarding sketching …

Regarding sketching, I tend to think of my line & style as kind of simple, plain, minimalistic even. Reducing everything down to a bare minimum – that’s how I would like to do it. But at the moment my work is heading in a very different direction …?! In his splendid new book – Dare…