So, it has been over a month since I’ve shown up here. For good reason…
Here’s a hint…me, standing on a boat, on a sea, near an island filled with glaciers and volcanos and geysers. That would be ICELAND. A belated 30th anniversary BIG trip to an unexpected place. We saw lots of beauty, felt the chill of the icy wind in our faces…and every day wore many many layers of clothes. It was quite an adventure!
Here’s a few photos to share…
Strokkur Geysir (Icelandic spelling) about to blow…
Thingvellir National Park…where the Viking Parliament gathered many many years ago. This was a beautiful place!
Seljalandsfoss and rainbow. My husband walked behind this waterfall…I stood here, taking photos and NOT getting wet!
Gullfoss waterfall…this was an amazing sight. What you don’t see to the sides and behind me, are the many many many tourists here. Some were smoking…Not as peaceful (or fresh airy) as I would have liked.
Black sand beach near the town of Vik….as you see….there were LOTS of tourists. I couldn’t crop them out of every photo. What must it be like in summer???
This photo was taken from the tour bus on the Southern Iceland and Waterfalls tour.
I had the idea that I would be a pretend “Urban Sketcher” on this trip, but the walking, the tours, the cold air, wind and rain, wiped me out, so that I only had the energy to do that a couple of times while I was in Reykjavik. My husband actually sketched more than I did on this trip!
While I enjoyed sketching this one (in my new sketchbook journal that I bought in Iceland), I was freezing, so I sketched fast, and I promptly got up from the concrete step, and said I needed to get inside, somewhere warm! The building in the background is the Harpa building, their beautiful glass concert hall, and inside it was toasty warm. There was a conference going on inside, and we got to hear a piper playing the bagpipes as he was coming down the stairs, he was wearing a kilt!
This one, I worked on after I came back from my trip, from our photos, in the warmth of my home. Trying to get the hang of adding watercolor to my pen sketches, and trying to figure out how much and how little to add.
I was inspired by the street art I saw in Reykjavik, lots of paintings on buildings…this one was especially beautiful.
Iceland was indeed beautiful. But….If you are headed to Iceland, make sure you have plenty of $$$$…as prices are sometimes double and triple, the cost in the U.S. Make sure you have LOTS of layers of clothes, and make sure you can put up with lots of tourists. One of the disappointments of this trip… people e v e r y w h e r e. We took a few tours outside of Reykjavik, and at every stop, every waterfall, loads of tourists…even in October, when we thought the tourist season would be calmer. And don’t even get me started on the fact that we were cramped like sardines in the Reykjavik airport terminal, and one hour late for our flight because of it (we heard from the Icelandic Air employee, that this was a daily occurrence).
We went with the hopes of seeing the mysterious Northern Lights…but 8 nights of cloudy or rainy skies did not produce a light show for us. We were one week late…we came just after a phenomenal week of the Aurora Borealis. We were REALLY disappointed.
I came home to jet lag, and then two days later…a very bad sinus infection that I am still plagued with. So, it has been slow going around here. I still haven’t gone through all our photos yet. I am slowly trying to get back to art. Only a few scribble sketches finally done last night, forcing myself to pick up a pen again. Before the trip, I had gone almost three months straight of drawing every day. I am trying to get back into that habit.
Here are a few drawings I have done before and since my trip…starting with the latest.
An iPad drawing from the airplane ride home (where I probably caught the nasty germs that are now making me sick).
Quite a few of my tea bags have sold and I am thrilled about that. The one above, I gave to a friend. I can’t wait to get back to painting more!
And a tiny cardboard jewelry box, painted with a Rococo portrait…with lots of pink!
Next week, my Painterly Portraits class with Julie Johnson starts, so hopefully I will be well enough, and energetic enough, to get back into the art room and sling some paint around. For now…I will just slowly ease back into life, and health.