Have you ever seen a golden eagle?

Golden eagle

Guys, I have to tell you about my Christmas gift from Markus… He gave me an “eagle safari”!

A professional wildlife photographer (Conny Lundström, his site is in English so check him out) has a cabin set up in a golden eagle territory a few hours inland from where we live, and Markus arranged for him to take us there to observe and photograph the eagles. We got to borrow cameras and objectives too, so we had real professional equipment to play with.

To avoid disturbing the wildlife we had to go out to the cabin before sunrise and stay until dark, which in north Sweden in January means from 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.

Conny had put some fish on a field outside the cabin to attract the eagles, but of course that doesn’t guarantee any of them would show up. I was a little worried that spending the whole day in a cold little cabin might get boring if no animals showed up, but I had no reason to fear. During the day we saw 3 eagles, 2 foxes, half a million ravens, and plenty of smaller birds.

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A Day in the Life: January 2016

Starting my first Day in the Life on a Monday in January must be the worst idea ever. Its like, the dullest type of day one can imagine. I should’ve done this on Saturday or something, but it is what it is now.

Was a rather typical Monday here.

Got myself to work, answered emails, had a meeting, coded some. Markus was going to play board games with his friends tonight, so I’ve been having the evening to myself.

Imaginary Karin - office monitors

My workstation. I always have a large sketchpad on my desk so I can make notes and doodle.

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Spooky Box: Merry Hexmas

I know Christmas has come and gone, but I have one little thing left of the holiday: I’ve received another Spooky Box! It actually came the day before Christmas, but I haven’t gotten ’round to photograph the items until now.

Sidenote: do you know how irritating it is to try taking decent photos when there’s NO natural light at all and all you got is regular ceiling lamps? Where I live it’s pitch black pretty much 24/7 right now… *grumble*

The Hexmas Box

Imaginary Karin - Spooky Box Hexmas

Imaginary Karin - Spooky Box Hexmas

This time the box was stuffed with purple paper strips and snowflake sequins! I love that even the packaging is part of the current theme. Makes the whole experience feel like someone put in a little extra effort, and I appreciate that.

And the money for this box goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Quite the mouthful, but a worthy and appropriate cause.

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The Yule Goat

Imaginary Karin - yule goat drawing

Despite the best efforts of pre-medieval evangelists, Scandinavian culture is still full of old pagan traditions. One of them is the Yule Goat, an old Christmas/Yule symbol.

There are many theories where it comes from, but its true origin is lost in history. In some traditions the goat is actually the one bringing presents to children instead of Santa, but I don’t think anyone follows that today. All I know is that it’s very common to have goat decorations up during Christmas, usually goat figures made of straw and wrapped in red ribbons.

And I’m still trying to figure out ProMarkers…

They feel rather unforgiving compared to coloured pencils, the thickness of the tips makes it difficult to be precise and add fine details. I also keep forgetting that I can’t vary the opacity just by changing the pressure on the paper. But at the same time that intensity of the colours is what drew me to ProMarkers in the first place. I just need to keep practising.

Maybe I should try working with bigger drawings? And try some more cartoonish styles, I think that would suit the medium better?

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My Favourite Things – December 2015

my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!

It’s mid-December!? How did that happen?

In all honesty I can’t wait for this month to be over. I love keeping in touch with the seasons and enjoy celebrating holidays (all holidays really, not just Christmas), but this year I haven’t felt it at all.

Work is even crazier than usual, the family circus is in full swing (holidays tend to do that), and the weather can’t seem to make up its damn mind. Snow? Rain? Hail? Grasshoppers? Every day is a surprise!

I’m afraid I don’t feel very Christmas-y right now… but that doesn’t mean I can’t play along with this month’s Favourite Things! Focusing on something positive is just what I need.

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