|'Beauty Underfoot' 7x11 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available for $150 on Etsy
|The town of Stykkisholmur glows in the early evening light|
Not to worry in Iceland during the summer. The days are very long. We had 21 hours of daylight at the time of my visit in late June. The Magic Hour lasts well into the evening and if you wished you could paint the sunset and then a couple of hours later paint the sunrise. There is no need rush to find a spot for the sunset. The sunset goes on and on. Dare I say I was actually impatient waiting for the sun to finally sink behind the distant islands of the Breidafjordur Bay. One evening we were determined to see the sunset but we had to stay up until 2 am. We had an amazing display of light and color in the clouds from our seat in the hot tub. No complaints from me!
|Amazing color at 2:00 am|
|The ever changing sky and wondrous light|
I even enjoyed the light on the few gray and dreary days we experienced . The colors were even richer and more intense against the dull grays of the moody days. The many shades of blue and purple lupines glowed on the gray days. The colorful ground hugging wildflowers sang out. The brightly colored houses that dotted the landscape added a cheerful note to the grayness. Artists know that a balance of neutral colors are needed to help bright colors . Icelanders made good use of color theory when they painted their brightly colored buildings!
|The landscape reminds us that a small amount of pure color is|
even more intense when set against grayed or neutral colors.
It occurred to me that Iceland is the Color Wheel come to life! We can learn a lot about color and how to make color work by studying the landscape of Iceland. I bought myself an interesting little book. It is called 'Iceland Colours and Patterns' and consists of color chips matched to a variety of photos taken around Iceland. This little book will serve as a visual reminder of the light and color that is Iceland.
|I love this little book!|