Sketching at the museum

An exhibition on TB; spitting flasks, very scary-looking syringes and tongs - I don´t want to think about what they might have done with those....
An exhibition on TB; spitting flasks, very scary-looking syringes and tongs – I don´t want to think about what they might have done with those….

I was dying to go out sketching, but the weather is foul, it is dark (today the sun comes up at 09:45 and goes down again at 13:06) most of the day and sketching from the computer, which I did a lot of last year, is soooo boring. Inspired by other sketchers in northern countries, like Larry D Marshall in Quebec, I decided to go to the regional museum to sketch. I ended up going alone and spent three hours there, and just as well since company – unless it´s another sketcher – makes for little drawing.

After walking there I needed a cup of tea and was pleasantly surprised to see what a makeover the café had been given! I tried to make a sketch doing it justice, but failed miserably and became un-infatuated with pencil in the process. I sketched with ballpoint pens the rest of the afternoon.

The regional museum café.
The regional museum café. I need to practice more perspective!
An old snowmobile from the early 60´s.
An old snowmobile from the early 60´s. They have evolved since.
An 18th Century chair, owned by a vicar in Kalix.
An 18th Century chair, owned by a vicar in Kalix.
Not sure why this guy was on display, but I really like his face, which was on a huge display!
A face from the exhibition “Things of the year” where 12 people are exhibited alongside 12 objects. Mattias is connected to a razor blade sharpener.
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6 thoughts on “Sketching at the museum”

  1. My goodness, you really sketched up a storm at your museum. I’m fairly certain that I’ve never done that many sketches during a single visit to ours. Really fun sketches, too.

    Ballpoint pens are wonderful. If it weren’t for my undying love for the feel of a fountain pen, I’d probably use ballpoints exclusively for their ability to provide half tones.

    I chuckled when you suggested that fellow sketchers decrease sketching output. I certainly find that to be true, though I don’t see it as a negative. I just love sketching with others as the ideas that come from conversation and from looking at other people’s sketches and approaches really inspire me to go out again, and again.

    1. I really wish we had a sketching group here in Luleå, but I don´t know of any. Perhaps I should try to start an urban sketching chapter? Perhaps next year…

      I know, ballpoints are my fall-back pen, they never disappoint. I have two of those 4-in-1 that are really nice! I am experimenting with waterproof ink in my fountain pens, but are afraid to take them anywhere, as I think freezing might not be good for them.

      I think going to the museum really was a good thing. I feel so much happier! 😀

  2. Color me IMPRESSED. Very nicely done. You created a LOT of sketches in three hours. They are all beautiful, too.

    To comment on your comment on my blog, yes, they look like either surgical or maybe the type of gloves people wear when they wash dishes. The art was so clever, I simply had to include it. I’d love to see you do a collage or two, because I’m certainly not someone to imitate. After all, people make sketches that include a few mixed media pieces.

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