Now I am in Olafsfjordur, Iceland, beginning my 6 week residency at Listhus. I arrived four days ago in the pouring rain, everything mysterious and shrouded. The day after, the town and landscape emerged and this is what I saw:
The landscape is beautiful, the mountains are impressive, white, towering above the town and casting interesting shadows.
My mission here is to “go deeper” into the Icelandic landscape, and how I experience this place. Everything tugs and pulls in different directions, exciting and unknown, every road a temptation. Instead of chasing mountains, I think I’d be well served to sit still and see what comes into focus, right here, right now.
This is the morning light, 8:45 am on a rainy morning:
I did 3 quick sketches “9:05”, “9:20”, and “9:35”:
I end each day with a swim in the community pool, outside, with clouds of steam rising off the surface and billowing away. Mountains are visible on both sides as I swim length after length. My mission is to absorb the influence of this place, to be patient with myself, and to work without censoring. Something will happen.