Janne Robberstad

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By spotogspindel | March 7, 2010

All Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. At least that´s what they say. I have to admit, I can´t find mine. a friend said he believed they were cut off together with the umbilical cord. I think that sounds like a reasonable explanation. Even though i actually have tried my skis on this winter, let´s just say, I´m not a natural talent.

That is why I am more than in awe of those who are brave enough to venture out on expeditions. Into the unknown is one thing. When that unknown is -30 degrees, icy and windy, it´s no less than heroic. Or insane. Probably both.

Nonetheless, Norway has a couple of Arctic heros that truly deserve honor, Fritjof Nansen being one of them. This picture is onboard Skandi Arctic, that I made artwork for last year.

Oh, and you know what. These wonderfully brave explorers aren´t all last century. I met an old friend at the theatre in Bergen this weekend. She´d crossed (most of) Greenland on skis when she was younger. In deep respect I take my hat off for you, Marita!

Topics: Illustration friday | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “IF-brave”

  1. Deb Clandening Says:
    March 7th, 2010 at 23:47

    I love how this drawing feels historical. I really like it.I agree explorers were really brave.

  2. Jenea Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 11:44

    Namaste Janne! Now, I like skiing too, look here:


    It’s very interesting how you say-“they were cut off together with the umbilical cord”!!!! I am totally agree with you too. I think this people is very brave. I advice to you, waching please two films, about Brave—“The Brave one” and “Brave heart”!!!
    Have Happy week!!!


  3. rui Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 13:54

    Marvellous work! Absolutely well done. A great interpretation about the subject week! Congratulations!


  4. Axel, the guy downstairs Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 23:54

    Brave, just like Janne on her 6km cross country skiing in Telemark 2 weeks ago!

  5. Andrew Finnie Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 05:09

    Hello, I love how there is a guy downstairs, you are so privleged to have a thriving art community. In Oz we are borne with surfboards strapped to our feet. Well some of us are. It’s hard to imagine the bravery of these men. Mixed with knowledge and old fashioned get up and go.

    The rest of the work looks pretty wonderous. So hats off to you Janne.

    Thanks for your constructive crit on my blog. Much appreciated. Cheers from the land of Oz (water temp in the surf yestreday was about 23…

  6. Indigene Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 14:36

    Hmmm…my first attempt ended with a broken leg! So I agree with you on this! What a wonderful piece!