Wednesday, 14 December 2011

7th- 13th December

7th December
8th December: practising for winter by drawing (outside) wearing mittens 
9th December: we went to watch the bandy- a bit like ice hockey, but played on a bigger, outdoor rink with more players and a ball instead of a puck. It was sleeting and felt quite cold- though not as cold as when we went last winter and it was minus 10C!
10th December: as the caption says, drawing (while hungry) to make the food cook faster... If only that were true.
12th December continuing the occasional series in an old copy of Strindberg plays. Thick black ink shows up best and gives the most satisfying effect. 11th December has gone AWOL. After almost a year of doing a drawing a day it's become quite rare that I manage to completely forget to do at least one. But on this occasion I seem to have managed it- I can't find it anywhere and have no recollection at all of doing a drawing that day.
13th December: the view from Kulturhuset again- from a different one of its many floors this time. Lucia Day in Sweden- everywhere I went in Stockholm there were groups of people dressed in white robes and singing- usually very beautifully in multi-part harmony- and groups of teenagers who had obviously just finished but were wandering along humming to themselves and occasionally breaking out into song. Apparently under the old (Julian) calendar, 13th December was the shortest day of the year, so it made sense to have a festival celebrating light on that day.

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