Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heimaklettur

Heimaklettur
in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
on July 29, 2014, sketched on July 30, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
 Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
The center peak is the north side of Heimaklettur.
 The south side, harbor side, of Heimaklettur.
 At the other end of Vestmannaeyjar, more islands.
(This photo of me by Ólafur "Óli" Ólafsson)

Flower Lovers

Flower Lovers
walking in the park by the Alþingi in Reykjavík, Iceland
on July 26, 2014, sketched on July 29, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press archival watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bæjarins Pylsur Stand at 12:23 am

Bæjarins Pylsur (Hot Dog) Stand at 12:23 am
in Reykjavik, Iceland on July 26, 2014, sketched on July 27, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
Hot Dog Stand's Web Site English Icelandic
 After Midnight
by Bruce McMillan
Hot dog stand shines bright,
summer's night light getting shy,
a beacon beckons.

haiku poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

Friday, July 25, 2014

Little Sister, Big Brother, Always

Little Sister, Big Brother, Always
Bína and Gústi, both grandparents, still sister and still brother,
watching and listening to the waterfall in Gljúfurá, Iceland
on July 23, 2014, sketched on July 25, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press acid free watercolor paper
online at my art blog HERE where you may leave a comment
NFS: Gifted to Bina's brother Gústi

 My temporary set up:
I found a shop with a fine brush, #10 Rounds S, Galeria, Winsor & Newton in Akureyri, along with a palette, and still have tubes of some colors, though with a small #10, all they had, I'm back to painting small sizes for the next few days, maybe, you never know what might happen when traveling.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grandmother's and Grandson' Hands

Grandmother's and Grandson' Hands
Bína and Egill Óli near Vopnafjörður high on the cliffs 
looking down to the sea in Gljúfurá, Iceland
on July 23, 2014, sketched on July 24, 2014
9" x 7", Uniball waterproof pen, my index finger painting using
Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb. Tiger watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
My creative tools when limited by travels. "Handy" brush. Ah, the urge to create . . .

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grandfather and Granddaughter . . .

Grandfather and Granddaughter,  
Óli and Þórdís
in the far north of Iceland, Vopnafjörður, Iceland
on July 22, 2014, sketched on July 23, 2014
9" x 7", pen, on 140 lb. cold press Tiger watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Why a Drawing Today?
While traveling in Iceland my watercolor brushes and palette were lost in transit in Borganes so no watercolors for a while, sigh; now we'll see how creative Brucie can be. I was bummed for just a bit, then quickly took on the creative challenge. Until I return to the US, I still have paper and pen for drawing, and who knows what else in another bag when I get back to Reykjavik; oh a fun challenge. Also on the same day on the same trip my Nikon D610 fell out of its case onto the pavement; it's not working, so it's off to Nikon Repair upon my return to the US. Just stuff. I can still create. And so it goes.


One of the thoughts I play often in my mind, a mantra of sorts: The secret to a successful life is to take what seems to be a disadvantage and turn it into an advantage.

A Guest Poem by one of my email Postcard of the Day Readers:
Ode to an Icelandic Poet
by PCoD reader Dee

There once was an artist named Bruce
Whose camera, when put to good use,
Was his source of creative juice.
When it dropped from its case
Bruce made, oh, a long face
The Nikon had parts now quite loose!
To compound this bad thing, occurred,
His palette and brushes, I heard
We're lost along the way,
Borganes, to his stay,
So the state of his blog, absurd!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ystabúð in the Sun

Ystabúð in the Sun
on Búðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on July 20, 2014, sketched plein air in the sun on July 20, 2014
My "Island Office" is in the top window.
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, wax resist, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
SOLD



On Departing
Island life, sunshine
between the clouds, tidal highs,
bird flights, just ducky.

haiku poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Torfey Island at Mid-tide

Torfey Island at Mid-tide
seen from Búðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on July 20, 2014, sketched plein air in the sun on July 20, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Tern Pause Turn

Tern Pause Turn
over Búðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on June 16, 2014, sketched on July 19, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

SOLD

Friday, July 18, 2014

Torfey Beach from a Window

Torfey Beach from a Window
seen from the house on Búðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on July 17, 2014, sketched plein air on July 17, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

The view
 The window view, my sketching location


Island House in the Far North

Island Tides

When the tide is high,

the walk around is short.


When the tide is low
the walk around is naught

for the way to go
to other isles is sought.

poem © 2014 Bruce McMillan
not for reuse without permission


Island House in the Far North
where I've been fortunate to live solo again this summer,
Magnúsarbúð on Búðey Island in Breiðafjörður in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on July 15, 2014, sketched on July 17, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
NFS

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Likin' Lichens in the Sun

"You can do anything; it's a painting."
-Teague McMillan, age 9, in Venice, Italy, May 2014 


I always hear the voice of Grandson Teague when I paint. -Bruce

 Likin' Lichens in the Sun
on the rocks on Buðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on July 16, 2014, sketched plein air on July 16, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Island Sun
  It was a gray rainy day when I painted while sitting on a rock,
some open sky in the distance but solid gray elsewhere,
this photo taken from where I was painting.
I  painted imagining the sun . . .
and then . . .
 Voilà, four minutes of sun through a hole in the clouds. 
Look at that! A sunny day out here is rich time.
In the four-minute sun, 
common eider ducks swam by with the tide high
between Buðey and Höfði, again taken from the rock
I was sitting on with my point and shoot camera.

Tidal Pool Play

Tidal Pool Play
Garðar, Arnar,and Friðrik in the low tide channel
between Buðey and Torfey Islands in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
I had company this day on the island, a fun visit
on July 15, 2014, sketched plein air on July 15, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
To the water.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tern Turn

Tern Turn
over Buðey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland on July 14, 2014, 
sketched on location July 14, 2014 (below)
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
SOLD
 
While I sketched and painted using the photo I'd just taken,
getting the form from the camera's viewing screen,
the Arctic terns were constantly chatting
(Baaack, Baaack)
as they buzzed me,
inches from my head;
two can be seen in the photo above,
My shadow taking this photo on the left;
I love the long low sun of this far northern latitudes.
 
The sketching spot seen from
an Arctic tern's point of view (minus Brúsi).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Luggage Island

Luggage Island
The low tide landing spot for unloading
far, far away from the house in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
where you walk across the rocky bar and around the
hill on Buðey to the house; tricky walking with lots of luggage
on July 13, 2014, sketched on July 14, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, on 140 lb.
Strathmore Series 500 cold press watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birta Plays the Uke and Sings

Birta Plays the Uke and Sings
for Bruce, so fine, in Stykkishólmur, Iceland
on July 12, 2014, sketched on July 13, 2014
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

Gift to Birta
My dear buds, Friðrik, who starred in my book, Going Fishing,
when he was a little boy (see him then on the book page link);
and his sister, Birta, who was in the yet to be released
Pink and Blue
, and who I look forward to
introducing to my Grandson Finn, the
Bahamas blue boy in Pink and Blue.

Friday, July 11, 2014

At Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

At Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
in the pool in Reykjavik, Iceland on July 7, 2014, sketched on July 12, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping
More about the beach HERE and HERE and HERE

Óli Atop Reykjaborg

Óli Atop Reykjaborg
on the three hour hike in Mosfellsbær, Iceland
on July 3, 2014, sketched on July 12, 2014
6" x 4", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Strathmore cold press acid free watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Reykjaborg Hike
Óli and Bruce, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
July 3, 12014
1
You are here. How did they know?
Technical difficulty of the climb: Moderate

 
2
Up over moss carpeted stone.
 
3 To a mountain lake.
 
4
Where the rock reminds one of
tidal wave patterns on a sand beach.

 
5
To the top, elevation 286 meters, 938 feet,
wind at 11 m/s, 25 mph, temperature 7 C, 45 F,
and the guest book, now signed by Óli and Bruce
 
6
Another path down past the lake

 
7
to the lake far below

 
8
After the 8:00 - 11:00 pm hike,
at the foot of Reykjaborg,
still in the clouds.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Puffin off a Cliff

Puffin off a Cliff
on Torfey Island in Bjarneyjar, Iceland
on June 23, 2014, sketched on July 10, 2014
12" x 9", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 300 lb.
Arches fine grain cold press 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sea Kayaking See

Sea Kayaking See
Bruce, left, and Guðni Páll Viktorsson
kayaking in the harbor of Reykjavík, Iceland
on July 8, 2014, sketched on July 9, 2014
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton watercolors, #3 graphite, on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper
unframed, sold framed, $100 plus $5.50 sales tax plus $10 shipping

Sea Kayaking with Bruce
Photos by Þóra Atladóttir
First time ever in a kayak, let alone a sea kayak with full suit.
We're in the harbor of Reykjavík, nearby to where Óli and I
had taken our midnight triangle bridge
walk the previous night.

Guðni, left and Bruce, right, approaching Þóra

The pro and the amateur, Guðni and Bruce,
the expert watching out for the amateur.

Last summer, 2013, Guðni Páll Viktorsson kayaked all the way
around Iceland, 1,550 miles of coastline, and you can see
some video HERE.
Guðni's kayak has a compass mounted on it,
like Þóra's yellow kayak,
mine doesn't, hmm.


Around the harbor heading for a view of the island Viðey.
 
The experts and the amateurs, left to right,
Ómar Hjaltason, amateur, Óli's relative and the guitar player at the wedding,
who rolled over under a bridge and was much better kayaking afterwards;
Guðni Páll Viktorsson, expert, who circumnavigated Iceland in 2013,
and who had been given his Yankees hat as a gift, or so he says;
Þóra Atladóttir, expert, and niece of Óli, who was at the wedding;
Bruce McMillan, amateur, and thrilled to be with this great group;
Ólafur "Óli" Ólafsson, amateur, but with a beginner class in kayaking,
and the driver of the wedding tractor as the father of the bride,
and always getting me into something new, including trouble;
and Klara Bjartmarz, expert, the strong silent one.

Two by two, two kayaks are lugged back to their places by two fellows,
an expert and an amateur, Guðni  and Bruce.

And one photo by Bruce
with the Arctic Terns (Kría) feeding, diving in the water in the distance.

Thank you all.