Studio works unfolding

One month of a residence in Iceland was entirely compatible, calm relatively uneventful. Primordial rhythms merged me with a landscape. No driving, no chores beyond cooking and clean up, just observation of weather, horizons, sky, volcanoes with minimal touring. I want to return and explore more the land; another kind of visit (resort to be a tourist!).

With an overwhelming collection of inner inspirational charge, the challenge is about how to proceed, post the experience of immersion at a residence.

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It appears not to be about replicating my contact with place and time but rather a directional guide and affirmation about what motivates me visually and emotionally without influences of cultural trends.  I'm interested in the gaze over landscapes of grandeur; mixing the angles of the gaze; experimenting with materials that evoke mood and/or cross sections of agates and minerals that make up the geology. I am fascinated while being alarmed by ice melt and what is revealed by it's absence. I aim to convey a stillness that is deeply alive, almighty and mysteriously active.

That is always the challenge and occasionally i touch on it.

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Leaving Iceland

A rich and spacious experience in wild natural land has been life affirming and momentous.

The people of Iceland are as special as the landscape and suddenly the country is faced with an onslaught of tourists from many parts of the world, curious about this extraordinary land.  Another way to live, far from the overpopulated metropolis we mostly inhabit.

Now back in London, temps are high and mills of tourists flood the streets and tube trains. In two weeks I'll be california, tons of cars and extremes of temps; cold AC and hot outside! Ah weather! 

 

Farewell dinner at studio Gullkistan

Farewell dinner at studio Gullkistan

Edges and Falls     last miniute sketches

Edges and Falls     last miniute sketches

Lava Museum

 We were there first day, grand opening of Lava Museum in small town of Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland. Really well done exhibit in a beautiful building. Interactive technology makes for an educational/informative experience. There is a cinema  room showing several recent eruptions throughout the Island's active volcanoes. Powerful and a reminder that earth's core is alive and ever changing the landscape above.

 

View from Studio across Lake at Laugarvatn. Rare sighting of Hekla without cloud-cover. Also due to erupt any time!

View from Studio across Lake at Laugarvatn. Rare sighting of Hekla without cloud-cover. Also due to erupt any time!

The Hidden People

We came across this captivating old house on private farm land, forbidden entry.

No doubt too many of us compelled to explore further. The sign reads; Drangshlíð. Read more about the saga here on this persons site, 

 A peculiar rock stands alone in South-Iceland below the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountains with a couple of elf-stories linked to it. And seeing that I am a great fan of elf-stories, then I want to tell you about the elves in this rock, which is called Drangurinn in DrangshlíðEyjafjöll mountains.

Read more about the saga here on this persons site,   https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina/drangshlid-rock-and-the-elves

 

 

I love rock forms more each day!!

I love rock forms more each day!!

Tours and tourists

The population of Iceland is approx 300,000 plus yet tourists outnumber

https://grapevine.is/news/2017/01/06/1-7-million-tourists-in-2016/

Don't go with the herds of tourists choose a personal guide. The best ever is with Bartek. The most personal, small group experience you could wish for in the travel/explore department and if you like hiking and culture and ...well read his web site. www.walkontheBartSide.com  Not for those who just want a selfie with a destination in background!!

Don't go with the herds of tourists choose a personal guide. The best ever is with Bartek. The most personal, small group experience you could wish for in the travel/explore department and if you like hiking and culture and ...well read his web site. www.walkontheBartSide.com 

Not for those who just want a selfie with a destination in background!!