[Nina Johansson, Stockholm, Sweden] Spring is finally showing it´s face in Stockholm, and all of a sudden the yellow ochre watercolour pan on my palette needs refilling more often.
Stockholm is an ochre-coloured city, and as the sun starts to rise higher every day in spring, this becomes very apparent. I love those long summer afternoons, when the cityscape glows in warm yellows and yellowish pinks.
The Swedish geology doesn´t make for a whole lot of pigments, but apparently ochre, burnt terre and umber were cheap and easy to import from the 17th century. They also worked well with the lime plastered façades often used in Stockholm.
So, here I am, walking around in a warm yellowish colourscheme, thinking that it´s funny how 400 years of Stockholm façade traditions have an impact on me buying watercolour tubes in a store in 2016.