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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Below Zero

ColdWell, those four letters pretty much sum it up!

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Watching The Northern Lights

Watching the Northern Lights || Watercolor Painting || bymarion
There is a pile of new year cards on my desk today. While I’m writing all these, here is a little northern lights painting I made last month for my brother’s birthday. After this first attempt, I made another (hopefully better) one for which I was more careful to pre-wet the paper before painting the sky, so that the background color would turn out more homogeneous, and the colors of the aurora would merge nicely with the background. Just like for the winter woods painting, I used salt to get the starry night/frost effect. I’m having a lot of fun with that technique.


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Not A Windy Day

Frozen Laundry… so what? Well, Frozen!
Air-dried in that cold, it can fool gravity.

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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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A Blushing Cloud

pink cloud … is what you may see around 3 pm, for just a few seconds, if you keep an eye on the sky.

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Click, Click, Click

Winter light in my desk nookFor a few precious minutes, rays of winter light came into the house. Into my desk nook,

Winter light in the kitchen into the kitchen,

Winter light in the hallway into the hallway. I walked around with my camera. Click, click, click.

Here is a similar post from last year.

Winter light on the wall


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North & South | #20

Winter Tree Sweden

Autumn Tree France

This series is about pairing two photos with similar textures, colors and composition — one from the North, one from the South. I’m looking for contributors! If you want to share your photos, you’re 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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White Winter Woods

frost on branches - winter in sweden

frost - winter in sweden

frosty spruce and red little house - winter in sweden

frost - winter in sweden

the light in the forest - winter in sweden

Oh, the white winter woods – see, that trio of w’s is what makes me want to live here.


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Triangles And Winter Woods

geometric spruce sketch triangles bymarion

We’re still waiting for the first snow around here. I’m longing for walks in the quiet, white winter woods.

Meanwhile I’m experimenting with triangles, trying to find the best way to arrange them into a geometric version of a spruce. The first one looks like it’s flying, don’t you think?

geometric spruce sketch bymarion

I like it better this way, I think.

winter woods sketch bymarion

This is the idea I have in mind for my whole winter woods thing.

geometric spruce sketch gray bymarion

Trying to decide what to darken and what to keep white. There’s supposed to be snow on the branches!

geometric spruce sketch colors bymarion

I’m using my watercolor pencils for this one. I like it that they enable me to combine the transparency of watercolors and the texture of pencil drawings.

winter woods sketch color bymarion

That’s the progress so far. Now I’m working on some little fellows similar to these ones.

 

 

 

 


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