June 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
Finally complete and ready for sales…
watercolorWEDNESDAY original stationery sets!
and personally speaking, I think they are just swell!
I am selling two sets of prints– TRAVELS and COPENHAGEN. Each set includes 6 original prints from Kirsten in Copenhagen watercolorWEDNESDAY and matching envelopes.
Each set is for sale for $15 and all profits will be donated to my dear friends participating on mission trips with Cru this summer (check the projects out here).
If you are interested in buying a set or two (…or three), please go to my Etsy webpage to purchase. If you are a friend, family member or local (Bay Area resident) you are welcome to just send me an email and I will reserve a set or two (…or three) for you.
Each print is an original from one watercolorWEDNESDAY week. Travel paintings include adventures from Prague, Salzburg, Lund, Barcelona, Rome and Ireland. The Copenhagen set is a collection of my favorite paintings from that city I love! The back of each card includes the original text from each blog post related to the painting.
Here is a sneak peak…
For you newbies…what is watercolorWEDNESDAY?!? From August to May I was blessed with the opportunity to study and live in the magical city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout the year I explored Copenhagen and Europe through the lens of my watercolor brush. Every Wednesday I shared my work on my blog and it is now my pleasure to share my year and artwork with you.
Please enjoy and spread some love through these special cards.
Kirsten in Copenhagen
If Etsy link did not work, click http://www.etsy.com/shop/watercolorWEDNESDAY
June 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
A melody of birds chirping adds to the tunes filling my headphones.
The music of choice? Danish top hits naturally.
Even though I have been back in the States for almost two weeks, I still have yet to change my Spotify music account from Denmark to the US, allowing me to access all of Denmark’s top hits.
I am still not ready to let go.
I sit at Linnea’s Café in San Luis Obispo (SLO). Linnea’s is my favorite café in San Luis Obispo; which is quite a compliment because SLO is filled with a plethora of cozy and welcoming cafés.
Although quite popular in SLO, I still feel like Linnea’s is a hidden gem. The back patio is filled with a dozen colorfully clothed tables surrounded by walls of crumbling brick and vibrant climbing ivy. The entire atmosphere feels like one of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales.
By routine, I feel like I am still in Copenhagen. I biked to the café just like I would in Copenhagen. Upon entry the delicious smells of the soup of the day, Lentil Miso, filled my nose (lentil soup just happened to be a staple in my limited Copenhagen cooking repetoir). My usual mocha sits in front of me making that familiar foamy design that oddly inspires me. And I am still banging away on these black keys blogging away. If the California sun wasn’t streaming down tanning (…burning) my (extremely white) shoulders, I would think I was still in Copenhagen.
And coincidence has it that as I sit here and remenice of my past life in Copenhagen, I run into three fellow classmates from Copenhagen. We all had the same idea: fly home to States, give mom and dad a hug and immediately drive to SLO for the week. It is surreal to see these familiar faces in SLO after spending nine months with them in a magical place far, far away.
Homecoming has been so bittersweet. Missing my life in Copenhagen has been bitter, yet reunions have been so sweet. I did not realize how much I missed people until I was reunited with them! Late night baking sessions, lazy days at the beach, farmers market and more catch-up coffee dates to satisfy any caffeine addict have made up this blessed week.
Bitter or sweet, there is one thing stays the same: “The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliver” Psalm 18: 2.
I am so blessed. I was blessed by an amazing adventure for the last year. And I am blessed by life in California, wonderful friends and such a loving family.
I just pinched myself.
I felt it.
Well, I guess this is not a dream.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with your joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11
May 19, 2012 § 5 Comments
The last time I jog in Fælledparken.
The last time I work late in studio.
The last time I purchase a 35dkk (≈$6) latte.
The last time I miss a Copenhagen S-train.
The last time I bike like a fiend to school.
The last time I socialize at the pub after church with friends Vineyard København Kirke.
The last time I savor chai with friends on the lakes.
The last time I enjoy a Carlsberg and picnic in the park.
The last time I attempt to order my coffee in (extremely) poor Danish.
The last time I dumpster dive with fellow poor students for rejected pastry and bread items.
The last time I walk into a building constructed in the 16th century.
The last time I indulge in a Danish chocolate snegle (pastry).
The last time I float through Illum Bolinghus and admiring all the overpriced Danish Designs I can never afford.
The last time I take tourist photos of Copenhagen even though I have lived here for almost a year.
The last time I share a candle-lit meal with so many great people.
The last time I window-shop down Strøget.
The last time I attempt to fit into Danish society by sporting all black, an oversized scarf, a high bun, aviators and my bike.
The last time I give someone a blank stare and soft “sorry?” when they speak to me in Danish.
The last time I wake up in my bed in my cozy apartment.
The last blog post…just kidding! I am not ready to let go. I still have a couple more posts to share with you!
This week has been a plethora of ‘lasts’ as I say goodbye to people, places and experiences that have become part of this blessed adventure. In less than 10 hours I will board a plane that will take me away from this city that claims a large part of my heart and bring me back to the Motherland that feels more foreign than home. My bags are packed (everything fit! I am not sure who is more surprised– me or my dad), my room is clean, my boarding pass is printed and now it is just time to wait.
And even with all these ‘lasts’ I still do not feel like its the end. Even as I say goodbye to so many people and places, it does not feel real.
I feel like I will see the same people tomorrow, just like I have every other week. I feel like my bike is outside waiting for me to go exploring, like I have so many other weekends. I feel like I will be back at my favorite coffee shop, like I am every Sunday. I do not know when ‘the last’ will become a reality, but I will keep you updated when the tornado of tears appears.
Here are some snapshots of this week’s ‘lasts’….
Last Bible Study. I will miss all these beautiful ladies!
Last time strolling down Strøget. Thankfully it was beautifully sunny day in Amagertorv!
Last coffee date with this lovely one! I plan on seeing this fellow west-coaster soon again!
Last chocolade bolle from Sankt Peders Bageri.
Last time witnessing old buildings and straw thatched roofs. Day trip to Roskilde.
Last time in Tivoli. I gave Copenhagen a proper goodbye from the high-heights of the swings above!
Last time with good friends in Copenhagen…not forever though! I will see you again!
These past nine months have been absolutely life changing and I plan on taking the next lifetime and a half to unpack all that I have experienced and learned. This chapter might be coming to a close, yet the next has already started to write itself. The future holds reunions with loved ones, an internship in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, my final year of college and oh, so much more!
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
But for now…
Vi ses København! Farvel for nu! Jeg vil savne dig, men jeg vil se dig igen!
April 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
Break. Roll. Wash. Seep. Foam. Froth. Crawl. Soak. Descend.
I am mesmerized by the belly of the sea.
Methodical waves sweep ashore.
In the waves my thoughts are silenced.
In the waves I am present.
In the waves I am somewhere else.
No past and no future exist.
Only the present.
Crack. Break. Roll. Wash. Seep. Foam. Froth. Crawl. Soak. Descend.
The waves shatter on.
“The men were amazed and asked, “what kind of man is this? even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:27
I have been reunited with my family after eight months apart and have been enjoying their company for the last week while traveling together. This morning we found ourselves soaking up the Lord’s majestic artwork on the coast of Monterosso al Mare, one of the five villages of Cinque Terra along the picturesque west coast of Italy.
I rose early to take a walk along the sandy coast, take in the waves and reflect on this holy day.
“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses to these things.” Luke 24:45-47
Wishing you a blessed Easter.
April 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
I spent a sunny afternoon wandering the canals and soaking up the fresh air. After being cooped up so long during the cold dark winter months I get outside every opportunity I can! The sunlight bathed the trees while the twigs were illuminated by the reflections from the canal beyond.
Goodbye Winter, hello Spring!
“Praise the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams
of his upper chambers on their waters” Psalm 104:1-3
March 31, 2012 § 8 Comments
On a sunny day last week, I took a bike ride north of Copenhagen to visit the historic Grundtvig’s Kirke (Grundtvig’s Church). After listening professor after professor reference the church, I felt like it was time I finally make a trip up to Grundtvig’s and experience the church myself.
Danish architect, P.V. Jensen Klint, won the church design competition for a church named after Danish philosopher and hymn writer Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig in 1913. Most construction took place mostly from 1921-1926, with the final completion date in 1940.
N. F. S. Grundtvig is one of the Denmark’s most influential historical figures and is largely responsible for the modern Danish national consciousness. Just some of his job titles include pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. Clearly, he was a busy man!
The church was commissioned to be a memorial for the man that has such a large impact on Danish society.
With influences from traditional Danish village churches, Gothic proportions and Brick Expressionism, this church creates in own architectural expression.
The church is an extraordinary example of the Danish Craft. During the main years of construction 5 master-brick layers worked tirelessly laying the some 6 million traditional Danish yellow bricks. Job well done!
With father, P.V. Jensen Klint as grand architect of Grundtvig’s and sons Kaare and Essen Klint as influential furniture and lighting designers respectively, the Klint family is extremely influential part of Denmark’s famous design tradition.
By far my favorite aspect of the church is the yellow brick. Yellow brick is extremely common in Denmark, especially at the time of the church’s construction. The building’s simplified gothic proportions of a tall and narrow nave with high ceilings allow light to stream within. The yellow bricks provide a pure canvas for the majestic Scandinavian light to dance within the space.
Ahhh! Got to love that Scandinavian light!
Upon the death of his father in 1930, Kaare Klint assumed the role as head designer of Grundtvig’s. Kaare Klint is best known for his work as a furniture designer and founder of the Furniture Department at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1924. Kaare Klint’s influence on Danish Design cannot be overestimated. Almost all prolific furniture designer’s from Denmark’s Golden Age of the ’50 and ’60s are directly influenced by the so called ‘Klint School.’ including Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and Hans J. Wegner.
Kaare Klint designed these chairs, known as the Church Chair, specifically for Grundtvig’s Church. Klint used furniture precedents from the American Shakers and English Arts and Craft Movement to design this high craft and functional chair.
See mom! I am paying attention in my Danish Design class!
Regardless of Grundtvig’s massive size, the church still feels intimate and personal. The warmth, glow, and hygge chairs within provided a peaceful setting to praise Our Creator.