Gullkistan – the Residency
For the past few years, I’d been dreaming of visiting Iceland. Gullkistan was the perfect opportunity for me to experience the beauty of Iceland and also, have a studio to make art. I spent the month of October 2016 at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity an artist residency, located in Laugarvatn, a small village on a lake surrounded by horse farms and mountains. When the weather cooperates it’s possible to see Hekla, the stratovolcano in the distance.
We each had our own space within the 2 big rooms that served as our studios. While I’m not a fan of group working situations, I was able to overcome my objection by setting up my studio first thing when I arrived. The more comfortable I am in my space the easier it is to focus on painting.
I brought lots of prepared paper and a few small canvases. I was limited by what would fit in my two suitcases. Laugarvatn is such a beautiful and peaceful place, I was inspired to paint many views of the lake at different times of day.
Iceland – The Highlights
I want to share a brief glimpse of what I saw in Iceland.
Laugarvatn is situated in a perfect spot for traveling to the “must see” places. It’s one of the stops on the Golden Circle a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. Luckily, the residency has a car available for the artists to use and take on day trips. Once a week we would pick a few places to visit and all load in the car for a tour. Some of the highlights include Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir
Gullfoss translated means “Golden Falls” and is one of Iceland’s most beautiful and without a doubt most popular waterfall.
The Þingvellir is a national park. It is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The land of rainbows and waterfalls!
In the last week of my residency, I decided to leave a few days early to spend some time in Reykjavik, hike up a glacier and see the icebergs of the glacier lagoon and spend a day sightseeing around the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. I took an amphibian boat tour around the lagoon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón.
I did it! I strapped on the crampons, faced my fear of heights and falling off of mountains and climbed up Falljokull (glacier). I had 2 very nice/patient guides. One super pro New Zealander and a newbie Icelandar. Luckily, they didn’t cancel the tour even though I was the only guest. We hiked down at sunset. Absolutely breathtaking view.
The Reykjanes Peninsula
The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.
Paintings – A Preview
I’m scheduled to have a show of paintings inspired by Iceland in March 2017 at Arthouse Gallery in Sacramento.
Hendry’s Nocturne is available at OAC Gallery
I wanted to capture the magical light of dusk that is reflecting on the creek just before nightfall, along the approach to Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara, California.
Landscapes: Seen And Remembered
April 29 – June 9, 2016
Four Barrel Coffee: 375 Valencia St. SF
Four Barrel Coffee is pleased to present ‘Landscapes: Seen And Remembered’ by San Francisco painter Victoria Veedell. Victoria captures the fleeting moments of light in nature with her atmospheric landscape paintings. The root of her work is an emotional reaction to the environment, based on landscapes not simply just seen but felt. She gathers inspiration during her global travels, which are an important component of her work, allowing her to observe and compare gradients of color, light and atmosphere in different geographic areas. Veedell’s next journey will take her to Iceland for an artist residency during the month of October.
Four Barrel is a cafe and roastery that has been supporting artists with exhibitions since 2008. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Four Barrel Coffee is located at 375 Valencia Street in San Francisco, and is open daily from 7am until 8pm. Four Barrel may be reached at email@example.com.
I’m delighted to have two paintings in Terrain at Studio Gallery March 31 – April 26. Terrain is an annual show at Studio Gallery that includes the work of 35 local artists. The show highlights the local landscape and the natural beauty of California.
“Terrain: Views of California”
at Studio Gallery
1641 Pacific Ave., SF
Chris Adessa, Kanna Aoki, Cynthia Armstrong, Kate Barrengos, Jerry Ross Barrish, Michael Chamberlain, JoAnn Coffino, Cheryl Coon, Christin Coy, Laura Culver, Robert Frank, Chris Grassano, Nancy Hartley, Emma Hirst, Denny Holland, Wayne Jiang, Bruce Katz, Charlotte Kay, Maude Kirk, Lindsey Kustusch, Sherrill Miller, Kathleen Mitchell, Inga Poslitur, Robert Porter, Michael Reardon, Sawyer Rose,
Carla Roth, Teresa Ruzzo, Brandon Smith, Jack Stelnicki, Rab Terry, Victoria Veedell, Pep Ventosa, Karen White, Kathleen Wolf