Thursday, February 26, 2015

Watercolor fun and simplicity

I got a feeling to just let go of all plans and paint quick in watercolor using only two colors. I was also inspired by making patterns and match many different sketches together. This is the result of my playing. I put them with a washi tejp on the wall in my studio corner just so I could take pictures of them all together but I like them there and I have a hard time to take them down again. I might find some funky frames so I can put them on my wall permanently. 







Red Square

Here is some pictures from last weekend when we headed to Red Square. It was pretty busy as we arrived and the main street was closed of because of national holiday in Russia, Defender of the Fatherland. The holiday celebrates people who are or were serving the Russian armed force but also like a Russian version of Fathers-day. It was a lot of men in uniform waving flags on the streets and people watching them.










Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring in the air in Moscow

Yes today I could feel the spring in the air here in Moscow. I know that this normally happens in February and that you get terribly disappointed when the winter comes back as a boomerang. But hey lets nit be to negative about it and enjoy the spring signs instead. Me and Mila walk to Gorky park where we enjoyed the sun, coffee, danish smörrebröd, play ground and nice big puddle of water.  







New bag created

This weekend I made a new black and white fabric bag which I decorated with my illustrations I have painted on Loren's old T-shirt. I think it is great to recycle materials for my projects as much as I can. And in while dreaming of printing my own fabrics I am for the time being creating fabric illustrations with fabric paint which is also a lot of fun. Mila has already found great use of the bag or actually it is not a bag in her eyes but a swing for her cats.







Monday, February 23, 2015

New funky hats

I got inspired to create some new funky kids hats. Might be because of a little feeling of spring in the air even here in Moscow. And yes ready to change the woolen hats for something new and light asap. I mixed some colorful jersey fabric that I have in my now pretty big fabric collection. The black giraffe is a favorite as well as my turquoise circus fabric designed by great Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius. Also I am this season into grey tones and found this fabric with farm animals in Prague before we moved and like to mix it with something bright.

If you are interested in any of my funky hats on your funky kid just drop me a line. I make three different sizes ( 1 year, 2-4 year & 5-6 year) 




Friday, February 20, 2015

Pattern doodling

Lately I am doing late night doodling while before bedtime. I am inspired by pattern design and the dream of being able to print my own fabrics in the future. I think I will color these but somehow I like them like this little more graphic and rough. 





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some pictures from Team Nikolovski Home

Here is some pictures from our Moscow home.
We live on Shabolovka street in a small complex of 4 pretty tall buildings. And everything you need you have in reach within these buildings. Small shop which we use more frequent then we would ever dream off, like an extra fridge. Yoga and kids studio which I am planning to utilize but still haven't. Hairdresser and beauty saloon. Dental cosmetic clinic and ski shop ( I know very random..)  We live in building 2. Our building has 20 floors and amazing view over Moscow center from the top, so I have seen on Instagram, we live pretty close to the ground and have a horrible view over a factory on one side and new very tall fancy colorful building complex on the other side which is still under construction.




Our dinner table next to the kitchen.
The built in art work window that I hated when we moved in I am slowly starting to not only get use to but actually like



I like our kitchen and especially this part with open cupboard where I can have colorful kitchen belongings. 


Living-room part where I have made a colorful collage frame wall on the theme destinations close to our heart mixed with some of my art work


Mila I think has the best room in the apartment with lots of windows. 



Master bedroom connects to great wardrobe, office and bathroom like an apartment in the apartment.

My favorite spot is of course my work space which I have decided to keep central and in connection to the kitchen and where the light is. I think me and Mila spend majority of our day here when we are inside. She also has a play corner here. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Moscow in bright February sunlight














And so came the most beautiful February day along, with the strongest and brightest winter sun
The feeling of being privileged came over me as I walked along Moscow river
Privileged to be able to experience and explore life in a city and country which I never even thought I would even visit. A city and country with a long history which is very unknown to me. 
Every place has something to offer I think and to be able to explore what Moscow has to offer good and bad is something I am enjoying more and more as time is passing and I am feeling more comfortable and home here. The sun helps of course! So maybe I will love Moscow by the time the summer comes. 

We live close to Gorky Park, Moscow's central park of culture and leisure, only 15 min walk from our apartment. During the winter you can find Russia and Europe's largest ice skating rink here, 59 000 Sq feet. Also great café's and fun play grounds for the kids. I can't wait to see the park in the spring as I believe the park is much more used during the summer season. You can read more here about Gorky Park

Me and Mila enjoyed the sun, the snow and watching babushka's feeding squirrels in the park yesterday. Warmed up in my for now favorite café, 8 Oz with coffee and soup. Mila fell a sleep after and I could stroll along the river looking at art stands outside the exhibition hall. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

February why?

February is such a nothing of a month
Still cold, snow, dark & winter
Still a lot of cloths to put on
Still bare & grey trees
A frustration of being close to spring but not close enough
I am not complaining just stating facts this Monday evening just before bedtime!



Film tips

We watched a great movie last night " The Best Offer"
Big parts of the move has been recorded in Prague and I can highly recommend this movie!


Friday, February 6, 2015

Memory Illustration from week 5




  • On a snowy day me and Mila went to the Swedish school to go sledging and drink hot chocolate with fellow swedes. Funny how the outdoor plastic cups ( skogsmulle kåsa) still looks the same as when I was a kid. Mila was happy after one time down the hill and told me that I could go by myself next time....
  • On our Thursday eating dinner out day Mila from out of the blue thanked the waiter in perfect Russian "Spasiba!" and there me and my two year old are on the same level of Russian knowledge...
  • Loren has been practice counting with Mila & on the way home the other day she pulled of her glove very determined (only -5 outside) and counted perfectly her little fingers in English and then Swedish (her granddad who is professor in Mathematics will be pleased with this progress soon ready for algebra..)
  • My baby bump is getting bigger and bigger, week 26 now I think ( with Mila I knew exactly what week and read everything about each weeks development and this time I read nothing) I start to feel like a waggling duck and the socks are harder and harder to put on. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lost in translation !?


We felt very much like this not that long ago.
 Lost
Lost in translation
Lost in big big Moscow
Lost in logistic challenges
Missing our routines in Prague
 Dreaming about normal "Svensson" life
Feeling that after this we will never ever move again


























But as a friend pointed out, we are never lost lost as long as we have each other
And yes we are strong and good together
 Maybe even stronger after these rather rough moving period
Moscow is becoming home little by little
We are finding our routines and people to hang with 
Starting to enjoy this big adventure living in this huge city in a country that I never thought I would even visit never mind live in

Monday, February 2, 2015

On the same topic again..


I know I know I have already made an illustration on this great topic, how to get a 2 year old to dress everything that is needed to go outside, not that long ago. Nice with Winter says some. Can't wait for spring says others. I am somewhere in the middle and it changes from day to day and from hate to love for this season (Normally mostly hate but the sun was shining today so my mood is influenced by this phenomena). Obviously winter or the winter clothing gives me great inspirations in my latest illustrations as you can see..


Here i will reveal my special technique how to get Mila to agree to get dressed or at least to compromise with me on something appropriate for the season to dress in. After the standard emotional process of asking, begging, bribing and threatening without any success. I remember about her hand-doll cats that she LOVES. I put my hand in them and make my voice as nice and soft as I can after being pretty upset like 2 seconds ago... And yes whatever the cat ask her to to do she does without any complains. It is like magic!

These cats Mila fell in love with in a small store downtown Prague it was like everything around her stopped for a minute when she saw them for the first time. They are handmade in Czech Republic yes  and yes they are super not very convenient to travel all over the world with as they can not be washed easily (head base is made out of paper) and yes they were pretty overpriced but they help me soooo much that I would be happy to pay the double and to hand wash them very carefully (maybe one day) The white one is more grey then white these days and they don't smell like flowers but I am starting to love them as much as Mila does.

Will I give her some mental issues later on in life with this cats I have no idea.. And I wonder if the cat trick will help even when she will become an teenager ?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

IF: Passion

This weeks theme on illustration forum Illustration Friday is Passion 

For me horses has been my big passion since I was a small girl. I started to ride in the local riding school in Vingåker when I was four years old and only wanted to ride the stables biggest horse, Swedish girl aka Flicka. I still remember the disappointment if I had to ride one of the small Shetlands ponies called Jolly and Polly. At 7 years old I got my first own pony/bestfriend, Ballerina, the cutest of the cutest welsh mountain ponies who stayed in the family for 17 years. Ballerina was just as novice as myself and so everything we learned we learned together. She had a heart of gold to say the least. After Ballerina came Mr Herbie, Pojken, Pikona och many more through the years. So I more or less grew up in the stable where we (big group of girls in the same age) did more but sometimes less horsey oriented activities. And every other weekend was spent at competitions. The passion for horses also took me out in the world. After I finished school I moved to Holland to work at an internationally well-known showjumping stable, Stal Tops and I stayed in the horsey world for some years. 

Today I don't have the chance to be around horses living in a big city and I actually don't feel that I have the need of it either at the moment, but everything has it time and one day I might be back in the saddle or at least stand on the side to give advice to our small girl. 

I don't draw horses too often and that is because as much as I have through the years practiced to draw them I have not improved one little bit. They still look just as bad as they did 15-20 years ago!!