Stockholm, and my first adventure into painting a cityscape. I was traveling light, & my friends came to the rescue and loaned me an easel.
I goggled before traveling, and chose the Katarina Hissen as starting point to work from, and amazing it was too.
My second subject was Söder Mälarstrand from Södra Riddarholmshamnen. I liked the idea of ships across the water. The light wasn’t with me, the great ships were in shade, but the composition worked well.
I think by the end of my time there, I was understanding better how to work the structure of the architecture into my own sense of symbolism. I kept drawing the same scene, and then painting some, and then drawing some, as you do. The weather stayed dry for me too.
Evenings I worked from photos, zooming in to individual features, to better inform decisions about the skyline as a whole.
I’ve gathered a lot of material from the journey. Stockholm has a great skyline and architectural forms for an artist to work from. I hope the final paintings come together as I imagine them in my mind.
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