Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Louisa in the Flea Market...

Louisa in the
Flea Market Kolaportið
as a self-portrait memory of Louisa Matthíasdóttir
among the felt hat display in Reykjavik, Iceland
on August 12, 2016, sketched on August 14, 2016
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton extra white watercolor paper

framed, $100 + $5.50 sales tax + $9.50 shipping = $115.00

What I saw at the flea market Kolaportið,
the ladies felt hats on display for sale;
one red one caught my eye.
Kolaportið (translates to coal port, the old harbor side coal storage shed) is Iceland's only flea market. It takes place indoors close to the harbor in the capital city, Reykjavík. In Kolaportið you can buy everything from old records to sunglasses to licorice to fermented shark. It's open only during the weekend from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. The official Kolaportið web site is HERE.

 This is the self portrait that had stuck in my mind.
Sjálfsmynd / Self Portrait
Louisa Matthíasdóttir (1917-2000)
Oil, 24" x 16.5" (61 cm x 42 cm)
Sold for 1,230,000 ISK / $10,375 USD
at the Gallerí Fold online auction on July 13, 2016

 I painted a series of study sketches, 
the final one evolving to its simplicity.

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