watercolorWEDNESDAY VI

September 28, 2011 § 4 Comments

Hej fra København Hovedbanegård!

Confession: This watercolor was not painted this week.  Actually, I painted this a year ago after visiting Copenhagen in the fall of 2010.  Forgive me!

I had an architecture project due at 10pm this evening (which I did watercolor for) and I have been chained to my studio to finish this project so no time for fun-watercoloring.

But the painting IS of Copenhagen and I AM the artist.  So here is Copenhagen Central Train Station.  I loved the old timber construction with the light streaming in.  Sometimes I take the longer route home just to hang out in the station.



Cycling through Samsø

September 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

View from the ferry on our way to Samsø. Since Copenhagen is located on the east coast, I had not seen a sunset in over a month. Refreshing!

In 1997 the Danish government held a competition to fund a 10-year energy project.  The project would be awarded to an island in Denmark that could produce 100% of its own energy in a ten-year period.

 The island that won?  Samsø.

Samsø is a 30km long skinny island about four hours (2 hours by train + 2 hour ferry ride) from Copenhagen.  Thanks to the funding from the energy project, Samsø became completely energy self-sufficient (and more) by 2003, just 6 years after winning the competition.

 How so? The wind!

Samsø is full powered by the wind thanks to 11 1MW turbines on the shore and 10 2.3MW wind turbines located along the coast.

 And guess what?  I got to climb up one!

I took a weekend trip with 30 of my fellow renewable-energy-nerd-classmates to check out ‘Sustainable Samsø.’  We spent the Saturday biking around the southern part of the island learning about the energy production on the island, historical architecture and Samsø culture.  Sunday was spent hiking the highest point on the island, Nordby Hills (which for a California girl was more of a slope).  After the wet hike we retreated to Samsø Bryghus, for an all organic, locally grown fest of Danish favorites and homemade beer.

It was both a relaxing and educational (and wet) weekend.  

Was I ready to go back to the bussle of Copenhagen?  Not quite.

Tak for en fantastisk weekend Samsø!

what sustains Samsø!

From the top of the wind turbine!

inside a wind turbine, no big deal.

rainy weekend! top of Nordby "Hills" (bumps)

ahh! Delicious, warm, Danish meal at the Bryghus after a cold hike.

The architects had to grab a shot infront of the adorable little homes of Samsø!

watercolor WEDNESDAY V

September 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Greetings from Copenhagen City Hall (Rådhus).  The sunset was so beautiful from my studio balcony I snapped a photo to later paint.  I am working with a new cloth-like paper that is much harder to work with and even harder to scan, so bear with me!  Back to 140lb. watercolor paper next week!

Rådhus is Copenhagen’s famed City Hall completed in 1905.  It is designed by brick-layer made architect, Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style.  The only part visible from the painting is the bell tower, which is one of the tallest towers in the Copenhagen city skyline!

More Copenhagen landmarks to come next week!


watercolorWEDNESDAY IV

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Velkommen to the Danish alphabet.

See those three crazy letters at the end?  Those are the cause for all my stress in my Danish language class!   Tak æ,ø og å!

I figured if I combine painting (something I love) with the Danish alphabet (something I despise) I might be able to learn it a little easier.  Thus far no luck…I still can’t remember all the crazy pronunciations.

At least I got some fun text artwork out of it!

Happy watercolorWEDNESDAY!

Wandering through the West

September 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

Koldinghus, a restore castle that is now an exhibition and event center

This weekend I had the opportunity to explore the western Denmark. Copenhagen, the capital and largest city in DK, is located on the eastern coast of Denmark so this was my first time experiencing more of the country. Although Denmark is only slightly larger than the size of Maryland, there is plenty to explore.

The weekend look me to the main island of Jutland, where we explored the cities of Aalborg,  Århus and Kolding with some random stops along the way.

As always, Scandanavian design in superb throughout all of Denmark.  Our group got to experience the work of Scandanvian masters like Jørn Utzon (architect of the Sydney Opera House), Alvar Aalto (the MASTER Scandanavian architect), Henning Larsen (architect of the Copenhagen Opera House) and Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects (architect of the Copenhagen Royal Playhouse), just to name a few.

Each day we would embark early in the morning, arrive at our destination and go right to work.

Explore. Analyze. Diagram. Sketch. Photograph. Sketch some more.  I easily filled up a quarter of my sketchbook and can’t wait to explore more!

Although I was exhausted each day, the designs I experienced and analysis I learned were well worth an aching hand and sore feet.  Here is a peak at some of what we visited.  Check my flickr site for more photographs!

Enghoej Church by Henning Larsen.

Nikolai Square in Kolding. Restoration and cultural center

Utzon center in Aalborg

City hall by Arne Jacobsen in Arhus

view from the top of the bell tower in Arhus


ARhus modern art museum and the rainbow panorama installation.


View from the ARhus panorma rainbow installation on the roof of ARhus modern art museum.



September 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

Greetings from Nyhavn!

The weather was beautiful this weekend, so I couldn’t resist painting the world famous canal, Nyhavn.  The sun just illuminated the brillant colors along the canal, it was gorgeous!

Nyhavn (“new harbor”) is one of the most popular hang out spots in Copenhagen.  Located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, the harbor is a hot spot for adorable little restaurants and tourists.

I am soaking up all the sun I can before autumn arrives!

Hamlet and Helsingør

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

This weekend I took a day trip up the eastern coast of Denmark to the city of Helsingør (Elsinore for us English speaking folks).  Helsingør is home to Kronborg Castle, a.k.a. the castle that Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ takes place.  Yes, the real Shakespeare!

Back in the day, (pre 1600s) Helsingør was located in the middle of Denmark.  However after a unsuccessful war with Sweden in 1660, Denmark lost all of its Swedish territory and Helsingør became the most northern part of Eastern Denmark.  After the defeat, the royals moved out of Kronborg and the military moved in.  Now Kronborg Castle is home to many tourists and Shakespeare lovers.

Before going to tour the castle we stumbled upon Kulture Værftet (The Culture Yard), a beautiful newly opened library/event center.  Once home to a ship building yard, the existings buildings have been renonnovated.  The result is a beautiful play with the old and new, light and dark, solid and void.  I was impressed!

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