Sketch of the Day: Nyhavn Dusk

Perspective on Nyhavn Canal. Antman and I have begun a small new tradition in which, at the end of the day, we take a couple of Carlsberg beers down to the wharf's wood edge and watch the passing show. We listening to street music, to the creaking of ropes and spars on the moored ships, to the crying of gulls. It's cheap entertainment. Mike usually reads, I usually sketch. Here, a street guitarist sings, people walk, sidewalk cafes are busy, and a young woman in nice leather boots rests her feet and listens to the music, too. Pencil on Moleskine 5 x 8 sketchbook.

Evening at Nyhavn. At the end of a nice day Antman and I like to sit on the wharf’s wooden edge and enjoy the passing show. He reads, I sketch. A guitarist serenades, people wander, cafes bustle, and a young woman in leather boots rests her feet and takes it in, too. Nyhavn is a canal in Copenhagen; the name means, “new harbor” and is pronounced (something like) “new-howen”.

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Sketch of the Day: Copenhagen Cargo Bike

Kid-Carrier Bike parked at Nyhavn, Copenhagen. You see these bikes all over town; moms and dads peddling their offspring off to daycare or just out for air. Kids roar along with the "top down" in good weather, meaning, unzipped, or if it's raining, zipped all the way up. The kids watch the world come their way through the busiest streets and intersections, in rain, snow, wind or sun.

A typical Copenhagen child-carrier bike. Children in Copenhagen ride out front while Mom or Dad peddle behind. They literally cart them off to child care, through busy streets and intersections, in rain, snow, wind, sleet and sun. This fancy model has a cloth top , soft vinyl zippered window and hard-shell plastic housing, Most carrier bikes are more basic: wooden crates with pillows for comfort and lap-belts for safety. Pencil in Moleskine 5 x 8 sketchbook.

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Sketch of the Day: Italian Market, Copenhagen

Merchant takes a nap behind the cheese tent at an Italian street market in Gammeltorv, the old square in Copenhagen. Heaps of sun-dried tomatoes, piles of olives, strings of salamis, bins of biscuits and cookies and sweets, giant wheels of parmesan, dried pasta, baskets of spices.

An Italian Street Market vendor catches 40 winks behind the cheese tent. In Gammeltorv, the old square in central Copenhagen. Vivid foods and colors everywhere, and there I was with but a pencil. 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

 

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Art Supplies…or Chocolate?

Candy store, art store, what's the diff? An art supply shop in Copenhagen.

Candy store, art store, what’s the difference? Shopping for color in Copenhagen.

The sky is turning citrus-orange behind the pinned stack of royal crowns (actually, the Danish Royal Parliament’s bronze spire) jutting above the tiled roofs, and the accordion player downstairs is squeezing out “Fernando’s Hideaway” for the 15th time today, but I’m basking in the glow of yet another good find- a great Danish art supply store. I’m sure I’ve walked by it more than once- it’s right across the street from my favorite fruit stand. But I only just noticed it today, adding fuel to my suspicion that Denmark is a magical city, with beautiful shops that appear and disappear at will. Same goes for its winding streets, charming cobbly town squares and perfect one-table sidewalk cafes, found one day and lost the next. I tried to lead poor, patient Antman to some newly spotted fabulous thingy, but we walked in circles, landing every time at the twisted serpents of the old Stock Exchange building. The thingy, whatever it was, it had evaporated like the Danish mist.

More juicy color on the streets of Copenhagen. Probably not a Schwinn.

More color on the streets of Copenhagen. Not a Schwinn, but possibly some sort of spell.

So here’s a question: would you rather have a collection of fine pastels, cool tubes of oils, nickel-plated brush washers, colored pencils, long-stemmed brushes, or….a box of chocolates? That’s a tough call when you’re addicted to both. But doesn’t an art supply store ignite a creative flame that chocolate can’t subdue? Perhaps chocolate with a Sennelier oil bar on the side could….no, wait. You could start a bonfire with that combination. Or maybe a bon-bon fire.

Sorry.

Pied wagtails and Reed bunting, I think. New bird on me. Sketched at Nivå Bugt Meadows north of Copenhagen. On the reedy, marshy side of the refuge. Mechanical pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 8 1/2" x 11" sketchbook.

Pied wagtails and Reed bunting, I think. New bird on me. Sketched at Nivå Bugt Meadows north of Copenhagen. On the reedy, marshy side of the refuge. Mechanical pencil on Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 8 1/2″ x 11″ sketchbook.

Tomorrow I’m joining a group from the Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (the Danish Ornithological Society) for more adventures in birding. This time at Køge, a stretch of coastline south of Copenhagen. Birds are moving south. The flats of Køge should catch a few good shorebirds, as did the flats of Nivå yesterday. There was magic there, and art supplies, but no chocolate. I only hope to find the way back there again, someday.

Happy Friday.

 

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Sketch of the Day: Lapwings at Nivå, Denmark

Flock of Lapwings, drawn through the scope at Niva Bugt Meadows on the coast north of Copenhagen. Beautiful and accessible on foot from the train station. Pencil in Stillman & Birn 8 1/2" x 11" Alpha Series Sketchbook.

Flock of Lapwings drawn through a scope at Nivå Bugt Meadows. Beautiful marsh on the coast of Zealand north of Copenhagen, only a short walk from the Nivå train station. Pencil in Stillman & Birn 8 1/2″ x 11″ Alpha Series Sketchbook.

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Sketch of the Day: Mute Swan, Christianshavn

Mute swan, checking under the hood. Sketched at the Christianshavn rampart lakes, or "Stadsgraven". Watercolor over pencil, Stillman & Birn 8 1/2" x 11" Alpha Series sketchbook.

A mute swan checks under the hood. Sketched through a scope at the edge of the jagged lake around Christianshavn’s ramparts. Christianshavn, a lovely, idiosyncratic neighborhood of Copenhagen, exists on its own little island. Watercolor over pencil, Stillman & Birn 8 1/2″ x 11″ Alpha Series sketchbook.

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Sketch of the Day, Copenhagen

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Kongens Have (King's Garden), Copenhagen, with text. Pencil and watercolor wash on Moleskine 5 x 8.

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Kongens Have (King’s Garden), Copenhagen, with text. Pencil and watercolor wash on Moleskine 5 x 8.

The statue itself. Sculpted 1880 by August V. Saabye. In Kongens Have, Copenhagen.

The statue itself. Sculpted 1880 by August V. Saabye. In Kongens Have, Copenhagen.

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