Monday, 14 May 2012

11th- 13th May: Copenhagen

 Just back from a long weekend in Copenhagen, a great adventure taking the sleeper from Stockholm overnight on Thursday, and arriving- theoretically at least- refreshed and ready to go at 7am on Friday. Most of the drawing I did was in galleries- it wasn't quite warm or dry enough until Sunday to sit outside for very long.

Statens Museum for Kunst- the Danish national gallery: an installation made of brightly coloured fabric in a modern extension to the old building. I loved the way you could see the old brick building inside the airy glass extension, and some windows at the end were open so the sound of the breeze came inside.

The other superb thing about Statens Museum for Kunst: a drawing room! As it sounds, a room for drawing in, complete with shelves of paper, pencils, drawing boards and interesting sculptures and images to draw from. And not just for kids. Heaven. This plaster cast of  a roaring bear was in the middle of the room. The slight dizzying effect is due to using two pencils held together; I've decided it's good for fur texture, but the head and mouth would probably have been better if they were a bit clearer- ie with just the one pencil.
Saturday 12th May: Giacometti sculptures at the Louisiana Gallery, half an hour from Copenhagen on the train. Apart from the artwork, the building itself was worth the visit. Apparently an example of '50s discreet modernism'- lots of big glass windows and beautiful wood blending into the surrounding landscape. I could go on! One day, when we build a house...

I couldn't resist including these too...
Sunday 13th May: I was on my way to spend an hour in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek- another big museum- when I spied a round bench on the sunny square in front of the building. Next to the bench was this olive tree-in-a-bag. Funnily enough, I never made it into the museum...

And looking the other way, this was what I could see.


  1. What a fun trip, and great things to draw! Very nice work. nancy

  2. You got a lot more sketches done than I probably would have! Excellent sketches; looks like a great time!