S/S Blidösund


Few things scream “Stockholm” as much as these old steam ships do. Well, not all of them are steam ships, but the ones with these tall chimneys are.

I got the nib of my new(ish) TWSBI 580 pen fine-tuned by an expert today, and had to try it out afterwards. I took a walk along the water at Skeppsbron in Gamla stan (Old town), and this boat caught my eye. Again. I´ve tried to draw it before, but then it suddenly honked three times (which means the engine is in reverse) and left the quai. This time it looked like it was going to stay put for a while, no queue of passengers and no crew in sight. I sat there sketching for an hour or so, while the weather changed from almost rain to perfect sunshine and blue sky.

Oh, and the pen works much better now, it completely stopped scratching the paper.

27 x 21,5 cm, TWSBI 580 with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.

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