We “met” almost 5 years ago and it felt like love at first sight (at least from my side). Since then I wanted to draw this building many times but somehow the right moment never came… under those 5 years (doesn’t sound convincing, I know). I always had a soft spot for old wooden buildings with charming details and this one was very old and really beautifully detailed.
It’s called Vastveitsloftet and was originally build in XIVth century in Norway. After a few hundred years it was transported to Stockholm’s Skansen.
The surrounding is really picturesque as the building is placed on a high rock, overlooking a bay. If we have poor eyesight we probably won’t even see gigantic, grey socialist architecture on the other side of the bay.
The building originally served as a storehouse and maybe that’s why it was so carefully decorated.
What I find charming in a wooden architecture, are imperfections in the material: knots, cracks, signs of deteriorations, and elements in different sizes.
One day later...
Sweet, but… dark, desaturated tones would be much more sufficient.
And one more day...
Gloomy, but not too gloomy (i.e. lagom gloomy). For some strange reason, this mood fits old Scandinavian buildings quite well :)