Snow and more snow



Snow and more snow, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

It’s the second exceptionally cold and snowy winter in a row in Helsinki. There’s actually more snow here than in Lapland.

With temperatures below zero since November, the only sketching I’ve been doing is from my window.

Alberga Manor, Espoo – the Sugar Castle

I often pass through the grounds of this pink manor house on my way to work. As the weather was nice I decided to draw it.

There has been a manor on this site since 1620. This latest incarnation was built in 1876. I don’t know if this neo-renaissance building bears any resemblance to the original. It’s also known as ‘Sugar Castle’ as its owner Feodor Kiseleff made his wealth trading sugar, and wood from sugar crates was used in its construction.

The Old Church, Helsinki

The Old Church, Helsinki, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

This wooden church was built in 1826 to serve as a temporary structure while the older cathedral was demolished and a new stone church was built to replace it.

The architect was Carl Ludvig Engel. He was responsible for most of the neo-classical buildings in the historical centre of Helsinki.

It’s almost impossible to draw this church from the front in the summer because of the big trees. It’s the same “Plague park” as here and here.

The first frost of the year melting into mist in the morning sun

The title sounds like a bad parody of a Japanese poem, but it’s simply a description of what’s happening in the picture.

A very quick watercolour of the view from my office window, done before starting work.

The clearing in the middle right is a golf course, all frosted over. In the distance you can see a heating plant chimney (it heats up a whole neighbourhood) and the main radio tower in Pasila