My magical journey to Sweden started with a short plane flight from Tallinn to Stockholm. It was the easiest part of my trip to Harlösa because I had to took one bus and two different trains and I wasn’t quite sure how does the system works. But I was really calm about it – because I had quality time in railway station. I was waiting, making some pictures and listening some music.
The train trip was easier than I expected but it took about 4 hours to get to Lund. In Lund Kerstin ( the manager of residencies in ARNA) was already waiting me and we had nice 45 minutes long yourney through the dark Sweden. When we arrived to Harlösa it was quite late and Kerstin showed me the house where the art residencies are usually staying. It was one of the oldest house in the village but it was still very nice and cozy.
The house on the daytime
My bedroom on the 2nd floor
The locals I met were really kind and friendly. I was invited to the dinner almost every evening and we were talking a lot of about Estonia and Sweden and art and music and history etc. It was really a quality time with a nice food.
One day I took a 4 hours long bicycle trip to see the most inspirational places around the Harlösa. As the ARNA is situated in The Avian Kingdom I was hoping to see a lot of birds and bird watchers during the trip. And as I wished I really met real bird watchers from Belgium. We had a nice conversation and they showd me some special birds. Near to the Harlösa is also a Swedish army training area – so I also saw the Swedish army from the distance.
Proper breakfast for a long journey
My neighbours were living in the old grocery store and it was one of the coolest house I have ever seen. They don’t have curtains in front of those big windows and they have big open dining room, big kitchen and music listening area on the first floor and they still have some old details as the design elements
The old railway station. Now it’s library
Near to that tree I saw Swedish army
The bird watcher’s paradise
And on the road again
The best beef in the Sweden is growing around the Harlösa. I even saw the real cowboys
The bird watching tower
The best grass in the Sweden. It’s really valued in the racehorse business
The other lake
My ride loves to pose
One couple from Norway is living there
The exhibiton spaces of ARNA
Very old barns
The old gas station with old cars
I also had dinner with Arnold Hagström, a graphic artist whose living really near to the Harlösa and next day I visited his studio. His really productive artist and I had a chance to take some pictures while he was working in his studio.
Arnold Hagström’s studio
Arnold loves to use birds in his works
A couple of rabbits
One day I had the opportunity to visit Lund for couple of hours and I was glad that I had that kind of chance. I have never seen a city where lives and studies about 47 ooo students and where bicycle is the main means of transport. I also visited the Museum of Sketches and that was also great experience to see how different artists have reached to their masterpieces.
The big red ball in front of the Museum of Sketches
Really nice old architecture and the cobbelstone roads
I really loved the trip to Sweden and to ARNA. Harlösa is such a nice place to visit and the nature around it is also beautiful and inspiring. Now I try to take myself together and but all those emotions into my illustrations.
So long be as creative as you can! Cheers!