Shanghai sketches

Smoggy Shanghai, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

I was in Shanghai for two weeks, working. I managed to do a few sketches.

The Cathay theatre, Shanghai
Great art deco movie theatre

Shanghai architecture, old town
Piece of retro architecture in the bazaars outside the old town. ‘Ye Olde Cathay’ – style

Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Sketched from the Bund on my first day. The Jetsons-looking tower is the Pearl of the Orient Radio Tower.

Luminous fogbank sliding in from the sea

In the spring when the sea melts, we sometimes see very bright fog clouds.
This one rolled in very fast, stayed for a few minutes then retreated.

Seen from my office window in Espoo, looking over the bay towards Helsinki.

Snow-capped mystery car

Snow-capped mystery car, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

The mystery about this car is not its model or why would somebody let this much snow accumulate on their vehicle.

What’s mysterious is that it seems to have been driving around without disturbing the snow bank on top of it. The street under it has been cleared of snow and it has even left fresh tire tracks.

The solution is of course that the city has moved the car before the snow ploughs came, and has then returned it to its parking spot. Probably that also explains the mysterious markings on the snow…

Travel Sketchbook – Stockholm

The view from our hotel window, on Sturegatan.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

It was a great and sunny fall day, so I stopped to draw the view. The next day we visited the East Asian museum to see the Terracotta Warriors, and the best new Swedish art show at the Museum of Modern Art, both located on this island
Gamla Stan and The Royal Palace, Stockholm

Beautiful sunset on the old town, seen from the courtyard of the East Asian Museum.
Louie Louie, Stockholm

We stopped at this hip café while walking around in Södermalm, a young and artistic neighbourhood.

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