SO – Iceland again. I arrived from Edinburgh where it was blazing sunshine to a Reykjavik which was being blitzed by horizontal rain and icy winds. Aaaaagh! Is this what is to be?
driving from Keflavik to Reykjavik – heart sinks!
An evening with my Icelandic friends drinking wonderful single malt made me feel a lot better – and then the following morning I caught the bus to Blonduos in the North. Fairly standard journey with not a lot to see of the Iceland I long for, with its dramatic mountains and snow patches and endless blue skies….but these soon appeared – landed in Skagastrond – the end of the journey for the moment, thanks to a lift from fellow artist Sandi.
Skagastrond is much more open and airy than Listhus in Olafsfjordur where I spent the summer of 2014 – as of course I am now on the west coast of the peninsula and therefore face out to the West, with no towering mountains to block the views of the open seas and skies.
The house is wonderful, the studio is spacious and warm and more importantly, the fellow artists are a wonderful friendly bunch of talented artists working in such a variety of disciplines. So let’s see what I can do in this environment with no pressure of work or pressure of anything at all!
the house for 8 of us
the studio for all of us – a converted herring factory.