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Monday, June 20, 2016

Seeing Iceland ...Through an Artist's Eyes part one

'Undiscovered Beauty'       16.5 x 9.5         pastel        ©Karen Margulis
available $175
Enjoy my Iceland travelog. This is part one. I will be sharing my writings and paintings inspired by my recent trip to Iceland over the next few days. Today's painting is from a photo I took while exploring the beautiful Rekyjanes penninsula.

I am on the plane headed home after 10 amazing days in Iceland. I close my eyes and something strange is happening. From the darkness a picture is materializing. It appears as if through a fog and gradually comes into focus. It begins with the deep blue violets of the distant shore. It slips into the hazy blues of the far headlands. They transition to the cool greens and lavenders of the cliffs as they get flatten and become studded with bits and pieces of color that form the houses of Njardivik.  All of this is punctuated by the shining silver fingers of the sea.  

Finally it is all in focus. It is the view from the little house on a bluff above the sea. My view for the last 10 days came into focus and I awoke from my reverie with a start. I SAW Iceland. I mean I really saw it. It was now a part of me and I don't know how it will ultimately effect me. But at the moment I feel exhilarated and fulfilled. It was an amazing 10 days. And while the plane continues on it's journey home I begin to write. 

'Silver Seas'     5x7    plein air pastel     $75

The lupines cover the hillside

The ever changing view

'Brighter Day Ahead'       5x7    plein air pastel    $75


view from the patio
Tomorrow the story continues with how it all began. Stay tuned!


C Anderson said...

I'm enjoying your paintings and story of Iceland. A word of caution... I first visited 4 years ago and have returned 10 times. This beautiful country gets under one's skin! I captured the beauty with pen/ink drawings, so I'm excited to see the pastel versions. I have a feeling you will be returning!

Richard Keller said...

Great pictures!