Thursday, June 30, 2011

6.30.2011: folded rays

 Center Me II
(Folded rays gave double warmth and I cheered.)

Wool twine, push pins, nail, 24" x 43" x 2" (75" x 43" x 2" overall), June 2011.


6.30.2011: the drawing ends?

Sharpie, watercolor, on paper, 8" x 48 1/2" (Six 8" x 8" panels), June 2011.

This might be the end of this series, but you never know.
(See also: 6.28.11)

6.30.2011: rocky morning

I did some rock drawing this morning.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

6.29.2011: center me

Center Me
Push pins, wool string, nail, 26" x 24" x 2 1/2", June 2011.
Top is at 5'3" from floor (my height), the center nail is at my center.

I am only slightly surprised at today's experiment. I have been thinking about the inner and outer extensions of ourselves, weaving, and a variety of other things. I haven't done any silhouette-based work in several years, but the drawings I've done in the past few days reminded me of them. Things soak in and return every so often, recombined and remixed...

6.28.2011: Skagaströnd: clouds

Around 10 pm. It has been cloudy and windy, and raining off and on, all day. 
But, I am happy to watch the clouds.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

6.28.2011: Skagaströnd: little red house

Near the studio lives a little red house. The oldest house in Skagaströnd, it is now a museum. The beds that the couple who once lived there used are quite small (people were shorter then.) But, they were also adjustable (the beds, that is) so that as you grew up, you didn't have to get a new bed. You just made yours longer. Makes sense! (You can see the wood overlapping on the left-hand bed, near the blue blanket.)
And, someone also thought it was a good idea to make mittens with two thumbs- a backup thumb, I suppose. Thanks to Sara for showing MinHae and me around!

6.28.2011: Skagaströnd: found abstraction

The studio.

6.28.2011: the drawing continues...

More (4 of ongoing series)
Sharpie, watercolor, on paper, 8" x 8" ea., June 2011.

The outline of these is very much reminding me of the lava formations at Mývatn.
(See also: 6.15.2011)

Monday, June 27, 2011

6.27.2011: Skagaströnd: mountain muscles

Spákonufell wanted to be bigger this morning.

6.26.2011: Skagaströnd: unidentified evening

12:27 a.m., 27 June 2011.

MinHae Lee is one of the residents here at Nes. She is making wonderful drawings of the town with unidentified flying objects, so, when I saw these circular clouds over the harbor, I thought of her.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

6.26.2011: a little more

More (another 2 in ongoing series)
Sharpie, watercolor, 8" x 8", 2011.
(also see: 6.25.2011)

I made a few more of these today. The top one happens to be a silhouette of the mountain here, Spákonufell.)

6.25.2011: Skagaströnd

Around 10:30 pm.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

6.25.2011: a bit o' drawing for today

More (2 of ongoing series)
Sharpie, watercolor, 8" x 8", 2011.

I took a break from sewing and such and have been working on some drawings for the past couple of days. These are two. (And, if anyone is interested, there are 765 doodads in the top one.)

Friday, June 24, 2011

6.24.2011: Blönduós: Textile Museum

We took our Friday trip to Blönduós today and visited the Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið Textile Museum. They had some beautiful things there. I love the idea of wearing embroidered insoles in shoes. It's a fancy secret for yourself, until you take the shoes or slippers off, I suppose.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

6.23.2011: Skagaströnd: Windblown exhibition & open house

 We had an exhibition and open house today at Nes, entitled Windblown. Apt, I think, considering the weather here. I projected my photographs in the freezer (which is no longer freezing...this building used to be a fish processing plant, I believe.)

Some of the kids who came to the reception tried on Big Head!

I found a rock shaped like a mitten, or Michigan, if you like. Resting on the thumb is a really rusty ball bearing? (It's difficult to know what it was originally.)

Jabberocky Islands.

More photos of the event are posted on the Nes website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6.22.2011: Skagaströnd: lighthouse

Ólafía, the director of Nes, took us on a trip to the lighthouse today. It's about 23 km away from Skagaströnd. A town of about a hundred people lived here for three or four decades, beginning in the 1920s. But, life was pretty harsh, and they moved away. The foundations of some of the houses are slowly being overtaken. And the basalt makes for a desolate Dr. Seuss landscape. Love those textures! But, watch out for those dive-bombing Arctic Turns. They'll come after you if you get close to their nests. Someone commented it was like we were walking into The Birds (good ol' Hitchcock). So, for goodness sake, don't forget to put a hat on!