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The Kickstarter wrap-up

First of all…here is the sweater I knit with some of the wool I bought at Alda’s shop.  I love it, it’s like wearing a giant icelandic hug.  I am standing at my workbench at the Library Company of Philadelphia.


Since returning home 6 weeks ago, I have been very busy preparing my artwork in order to fulfill the remainder of my Kickstarter rewards.  Those who purchased the $125 (1 framed sketch) and $200 (2 framed sketches) are receiving these small acrylic paintings.  I have already mailed out paintings to Colorado, Kansas, California, New Jersey among other states across the US.  Here is how they look ready to be sent, in this tier ($125 and $200) there are 17 pieces in all to mat, frame and deliver:  Image 9

  KS6sm Looking back, I can see that with these sketches, and the others, I was truly breaking new ground in my painting practice. They were my first steps towards abstraction and liberating myself from “direct response” landscape painting. Not only were these significant pieces in my oeuvre, they also represent a nice little upgrade for my backers, as I had originally promised a pencil or watercolor sketch.


My backers from the $450 level are receiving their choice of an 8×10 acrylic painting.  This is how they look, ready for exhibit at my 2 day house show.

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In all, I mounted and framed 24 paintings ranging in size from 8 x 10 to 16 x 20, and I have another 12 paintings “in reserve” for framing later on.


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It was very gratifying to see the work all framed, and the exhibit was a success.  Some of my Kickstarter backers even chose to “trade up” to a larger size painting.

I can now say that my Kickstarter campaign is done.  It has been a very productive 6 months, from the launch back in May, through the 2 month residency at Gullkistan, and culminating in a house show of my new collection of paintings.  In so many respects this has been a critical period for me personally, professionally and artistically.

Thanks to everyone for following my blog.  It was so good to feel your interest in what I was doing in Iceland, and I enjoyed thinking about how to articulate my experience. Your enthusiasm, encouragement and just your presence added so much to my experience of being there.

I will be updating my website with the new collection of paintings:  I am not sure yet what form my blogging will take, but I hope to get something up and running this winter…in preparation for my next residency…perhaps my next Kickstarter project…

I just can’t wait to see what happens next!  Love from Andrea



Birch trees

These past few days, when not dreaming about mountains, I have been painting from the windows.  These gnarly birch trees stand next to the farmhouse.  There is ever-present Laugarvatnsfjall rising up behind the trees.





The days are getting shorter and shorter, the mornings are dark, and the evening comes on very fast.  I have to start thinking about leaving…sigh.  I have a few days left to paint, no need to think about leaving just yet… I’ll keep on painting these trees, the mountain, the darkness  …and make time stand still just a little while longer.

There must be something in the water.

I really can’t explain it.


These paintings of mountains, half dreamed, half remembered, have sort of bubbled up out of nowhere.  I posted these two before, but here they are again to make a quartet of Icelandic dream mountains.

IMG_3075      ImageIt has been very interesting to experience extended periods of flow and focus in the studio, allowing my painting to follow its own course.  I mean without looking directly at a landscape as a reference, but instead working from previous sketches and drawings, and turning inward for memory and impressions of a place.  I am curious about what comes next.

And the water IS very tasty.


Seeing a stretch of warm-ish weather with little-to-no wind in the forecast, I decided to drive back Jokulsarlon, a favorite spot that I mentioned in an earlier post, “The Great Greyness”.  I went back to experience the profound quiet of this beautiful place, and to soak it in as much as possible.  I did a few small paintings, all around 6 x 8, 8 x10.  My eyes were refreshed by the change of palette and the change of scenery.   Here are some of my quick impressions:

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Once again time stood still, in the ice, in the vapor of the cold air, in the drift of the tide, in the deep silence.  It was very hard to leave.  I hope that I can keep the memory of this place fresh and vivid, and recall it when I hustle back to my busy life in Philadelphia.

The eye of the blackbird

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

Today the true winter palette of Iceland was revealed.  The color and mood of this day are captured in Wallace Stevens’ poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.  Here is the link to the whole poem…I’ll wait while you go read it.

Now you know what kind of a dream state I was in all day as I worked in the studio.  This is the mountain behind the farm, Laugarvatnsfjall, 16 x 20

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Giant steps

Coltrane in the studio today, seems appropriate, as I am starting on my 16 x 20 sheets now, another milestone.

I woke up this morning thinking that some monochromatic painting would be a good thing to do, since the black and white drawings have been so gratifying and fun.  With the fall colors fading to black and brown, the landscape is increasingly graphic and basically monochromatic on a gray overcast day.  I over-painted on two 13 x 16 paintings that were leaving me feeling …meh.  I kept more or less the same composition, same mountain sides, just re-focused.  Here is one: