Swirling Wind

Blame it on the lack of light and stormy weather, my camera has been sitting in a drawer for some time. I’m looking forward to start snapping pictures of the neighborhood soon.

For now, here is what I made for this week’s illustration friday challenge. The theme was “swirl”.

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December Drawings #14

Today’s prompt on Eileen’s advent calendar is “snow”. I wouldn’t mind if a snowflake fell on my nose this week!

Speaking of snow, there’s a lot of it on the lovely scene Eileen painted yesterday.

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See you tomorrow!

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Here Comes The Snow

snow on autumn leaves || by marion

first snow in the forest || by marion

snowy fir branch || by marion


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Some Things

Red House In The Snow

Something our neighbors taught us: when nature gives you free insulation, pile it against the walls of your house.

Something critical about academia, made poetic. Found through matters mathematical, and very much agreed upon.

Something that got me thinking: “create to share” vs “share what you create”. Eileen’s blog is full of inspiring posts about illustration. I also enjoyed that one, for example.

Something animated,

and something from photographers I enjoy following: moments in black and white before morning coffee and after a short swim.

Have a cozy weekend.


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By The Seaside

Frozen Baltic Sea // bymarion

Munkviken, Västerbotten, Sweden // bymarion

Snowy forest basketball field // bymarion

Snowy Spruce Branch // close up

Baltic sea cabin // bymarion

Snowy beach volley field // bymarion

Seaside winter cabin // bymarion

Swing // long exposure // bymarion… it looked as if time had stopped.
Until next summer!

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You Could Focus On The Fog

Fog over a field || Västerbotten, Sweden || by marion

… or you could notice that it’s 3:30 pm and it’s still bright outside. I kind of like the optimistic side.

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Some Things

snowMy kind of things.

And I’m leaving you with something I’m very happy to see on my friend’s blog. The first picture is my absolute favorite. I love the lines, the colors, and most of all, the atmosphere.

Have a beautiful weekend. See you next week!


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Winter Is Upon Us

Window frost feathers

The temperature dropped down to -23°C/-9°F last night and when we woke up, before sunrise, the inside thermometer read barely 10°C/50°F. But the wood stove was soon roaring, hot cups of tea were poured and porridge was bubbling.

By the look of things, there’s no point trying to open the front door: frozen!

I spent the morning finishing my book and trying out some knitting tricks. I went back to my watercolor lettering experiments in the afternoon. Cleaning and straightening up a couple of calligraphy nibs was definitely useful to avoid ruining the paper, but did not solve the annoying ink (well, paint) flow problem I had. The paint kept forming a drop at the back of the nib instead of flowing onto the paper, which back in the lab, I would have called a surface tension issue – typical! Dipping the tip of the nib in soapy water did the job. If anyone knows about unwanted long-term effects of adding soap to watercolors, I’ll be really happy to know.

Now I need to practice shaping letters and layout. That’s tonight’s program, and I’m off to my desk! The house is getting (a bit) warmer, freshly baked loaves of bread just came out of the oven where they were replaced by a pot of baked-beans-to-be. Really, I wouldn’t trade this life for any other one.

a cat on the desk


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North & South | #21

Orchards in Norway

Vineyards in Champagne, France

I found more photos by my friend Fonolitt in my North & South archive. Aren’t they gorgeous? As you may remember from this earlier post, these were captured in late fall in the vineyards of Champagne, France and early spring in the orchards in the mountains of central Norway.

If you’d like to see more of the mountains of Norway (I’m sure you do!), Fonolitt has some beautiful shots of fall colors in Rondane on her blog.

This series is about pairing two photos with similar textures, colors and composition — one from the North, one from the South. If you’d like to share your photos?, you’re very welcome to post a link in the comments or to email me. Do feel free to interpret “North” and “South” creatively: the difference in latitudes doesn’t have to be extreme!

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