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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Paint Iceland Trip Report Day Two

'Morning Drama'. 8x10. Pastel

It's hard to believe that it could be any more magnificent. But every stop we made on yesterday was even better than the last. It was a day filled with painting, photography and fun with friends. We started out with a beautiful drive to Grundarfjordur which was our painting location. After Stan's demo we all painted. It was an inspiring spot right next to Kirkjufell which one of the most recognized and beautiful mountains in Iceland.

The skies were very dramatic so to warm up I focused on the mountains behind me and tried to capture the drama of the changing light.


I had time for one more quick study so I tried to paint Kirkjufell. It deserves a larger piece of paper so I will use this study for something larger when I get home!

After a picnic lunch in a grass roof shed we made a stop at a volcano. The lava field was other worldly! It was a very steep climb on loosely packed lava rocks but the view from halfway up was amazing....we will go back to paint this area this week.

On the way back to the house we found a huge rolling meadow to the sea that was filled with Lupines. It was amazing! I want to go back here to paint! Our day ended with a dinner cruise on Breidafjordur Bay where we ate Viking Sushi....scallops fresh from the bay!




Tim Moore said...

glad your having loads of fun..ii really like Morning Drama ,especially the clouds.really give it a sense of depth...i m can really feel the clouds hanging over the mountains ans the sun shines down..

Dave Casey said...

After watching the new Walter Mitty movie it has come to my attention that Iceland is a country that I would love to visit sometime. In the spring or summer of course.

Eileen Sullivan said...

These paintings are absolutely awe-inspiring, Karen!

robertsloan2art said...

Wow! I love the plein air paintings you did there. You captured how rough and dramatic the landscape is so perfectly. Very different from your other landscapes. The sky is wonderful too, I like the way you handled those big clouds.

Definitely worth some study and I may have to start looking around here where I live for more dramatic places!

Maria Stoller said...

Your representation of Iceland is truly fantastic. I love the colors and especially seeing the flower fields that summer has to offer. We were there in February and had quite different skies and mood. Am really enjoying your trip!