Placa Prim, Poblenou

Placa Prim, Poblenou, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

A wonderful little square near our apartment. The trees are a strange species from Argentina, called ombu.

Barcelona Sketches

Barcelona Sketchbook-11, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

We spent three weeks in Barcelona, and that was too short. I only had time to do a few sketches, but I think the city will continue to inspire my paintings for a while.

Barcelona Sketchbook-10

Barcelona Sketchbook-9

Barcelona Sketchbook-8

Kiasma art museum, Helsinki

Kiasma art museum, Helsinki, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

This building by Stephen Holl manages to be too big and cramped at the same time. Not only does it look like a Zeppelin hangar from almost all sides, the inside has surprisingly little actual hanging space. This is because a third of the floor space and the full height of the building is taken by the lobby and an oversized ramp. See video here:

My next drawing of this square will include the tents of Occupy Helsinki. It was too cold to draw outside so I had to seek refuge in a café. Yes, the occupiers have been there all winter – at -25C and 50cm of snow.

This was my first field test of Neocolor II crayons. Here they are combined with Supracolor II pencils.