The poem Danse Russe by William Carlos Williams was with me as I sat alone in the studio, enjoying the silence. As a creative person I often crave solitude, and even the complicated and conflicted moments of loneliness that solitude brings with it. That is the emotional space I look for when I paint. In this sparsely populated country you don’t have to wander far to find yourself completely alone in the world, physically anyway. Not a person, not a car, at least for as far as the eye can see. Here is the view from a lovely quiet hillside, in a valley protected from the wind, on an unusually clear and sunny day.
I did a few paintings over the last three days, around 10″x12″ or 9″x9″ in that range. I painted the one below from that quiet hillside. It was a rare treat to sit comfortably outside and paint for a couple of hours, instead of inside the car.
This is a studio painting:And here, my biggest painting yet, ever. Really. It was one of my goals of this residency to push my work to a larger format. It’s about 16″ x 14″, so this is progress. I’m still tweaking it here and there, but this is what it looks like right now:
OMG!!!!! it’s all so beautiful; I like the start of your relief print!
thanks for the ponies photo too!!! (toldja they were neat!) It
looks like winter already there—Glad you are enjoying it
Thanks! thinking a lot of you, the horses and sheep are a big part of the joy here, of the Icelandic landscape
Lovely paintings. I like the earth pigments. And lucky you that you had such gorgeous weather to paint plein air. I know that process of wanting to paint larger still. And it is much fun. But after I reached at least 62 x 39 I tried yesterday a 6 x 6 canvas. 🙂 And it was great.
Enjoy your stay.
Thanks. the weather has been wonderful, never the same from one day to the next, lots of changes in mood and light, very exciting, never boring. I enjoyed seeing the watercolor you posted last week. can you send a link to some of your other paintings?
Of course, I can. 😉
Thanks! a joy to see your exuberant paintings.
Thank you so much. Have a nice day. 🙂