Today I met up with my Urban Sketcher friends at the Natural History Museum here in Stockholm on a cold and windy autumn day. Some I know very well and others I have only recently met.
I enjoyed trying to sketch a Red Squirrel. I am quite happy with the result considering having lots of kids around and poor light. I only wish I had spent a bit more time with my initial pencil sketch, I discovered later when I had finished that I had drawn the animal very badly. It looks real fat in my sketch. Look at the photo if you want to see how the squirrel really looked like. I also enclosed a photo of my palette.
I sketched this at Boule & Berså, an outdoor bar close to Danvikstull bridge. The bridge is raised once an hour during the summer months at 38 minutes past the hour to allow sailing boats to pass though Stockholm. It’s very enjoyable to just sit down and have a beer and sketch especially on a Friday afternoon after work. My wife joined me later and so the sketchbook was put away and I finished it later that Sunday.
I painted this boat last year and now again in 2017, it’s form is cute. Not sure if it has been discarded as it lies next to the graveyard of old wooden boats just outside the harbour. I have been coming to Paimpol every year for ten years and I paint the boats that are no longer loved, they are returning slowly to the sea.
Saunders Waterford fine grain watercolour sketchbook 300g 19 x 28 cm.