Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Soap & Summer




Too soon for this?  Ha!  Well, if you wanna be clean and smell divine this Holiday Season, stay tuned for this baby I illustrated for Sápan (SoapViking.com), it hits the shelves in the coming weeks.

So I'm still trying to face it that summer came and went, probable faster then ever.  Might be because of the crappy weather we had.  But still, it was lovely, really.  Going through the summer photos, I only see smiles.  Smiles despite of that weather, cause it was spent with the loveliest people.


A big smile with Sara, my dear friend who came with her family all the way from San Francisco to visit us.  The weather didn't stop her from being the only person not wearing long pants the whole time she was here.  Probable the only person around with bare legs.  But hey, if you've got those legs it's really a no-brainer!


Smiling with my best friend & cousin Sigga Lára when travelling around the West Fjords to visit the place our family comes from.


A modest smile from Lára (on the right) & Sigga Lára's daughter, Rebekka Myrra (left)


I kind of smile in this one, right?  Acting artsy visiting the house my grandmother grew up in

  

Smiling kids in a gigantic rock


We celebrated Lára's 6th Birthday in a tent while camping in Ísafjörður. That's what you get when you are born in the middle of the Summer.



But she smiled and was happy with the cake from the bakery in Ísafjörður...



 ...she got to celebrate it properly with friends later that summer



I flew to NY where my father father was the captain, my brother the co-pilot and my sister the flight attendant.  Could I be any prouder in this picture?


I walked the High Line for the first time.  It was awesome!



A dinner with friends on a Wednesday night was one of the best nights of the summer - all smiles


We took silly photos...

...and asked a stranger to take a picture of us eating ice cream in the middle of the street.  (Am I really the smallest one in the group?)



Some people grew an inch or two...


...and we pretended we were on the beach in San Francisco (photo credit to Lára) 




Lára cleanded her room (no she didn't, I did)...


and we toasted for no reason with good friends and family



Dagur ran 10k in the Reykjavík Marathon with his cousin Kristján...


...and Lára started school!

What a swell summer it was.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Late Summer Day in Bankastræti

Late Summer Day in Bankastræti (45x61cm/17.5x24")

I'm starting this Fall by doing one of my favorite things - painting this city!  This is a view of Bankastræti, one of the prettiest streets in Reykjavík.  Taking the reference photo from my friends office in Austurstræti, I noticed this awesome wall painting I'd never seen before.  But then again, I don't often see this street from that angle, so it was a nice surprise.  I'm pretty sure I'll be visiting my friend in Austurstræti more often for photo reference - and for coffee :)



Friday, August 29, 2014

Two New Books: Mói Hrekkjusvín & Töfraflautan!


The next book about Mói Hrekkjusvín is coming out soon!  It's the second book in the trilogy about Mói, written by Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir, published by Forlagið.  I'll share the cover and a few more interior illustrations soon,....but man, that character...I'm not sure if I'd want to live next door to him, ha!  But people like that sure make life more interesting,...and fun!  He really, truly is just like the title for his next book is, "a misunderstood genius"!   


Also coming out this winter is Töfraflautan (The Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart, published by Töfrahurðin.  The day the book comes out, The Icelandic Opera in collaboration with Harpa and Töfrahurðin will perform The Magic Flute in Harpa as a special children's opera.  Can't wait to see it!  I'll share more images from the book later, but for now, here is one interior illustration and the endpapers from the book :)                     

Happy Weekend!




Thursday, August 7, 2014

The epic hiking trip

Photo credit on all images goes to the brilliant Kolfinna Snow

Although it's still August, it feels like summer is aaalmost coming to an end, life's getting back into routine and I catch myself starting to prepare for the winter ahead.  And to organize!  Late August for me is all about organizing (which consists of cleaning, getting the kids to bed and out of bed at a reasonable hour...and reading cook books).  

But Fall also comes with excitement of what's ahead.  New projects and challenges.  

So when I finally had the time to sit down and write a little post here, I thought I'd reflect on what's been going on this summer and share some new work with you.  But....then I started to browse through the photos and found so many brilliant ones from my yearly hiking trip (Photo credit to Kolfinna Snow). So I thought I'd just share those today.  The work stuff can wait.

The trip,...in short ; it was awesome!!!  

The start of "Vatnaleiðin", a three day hike (in total ca.54 km.)

Along the way we watched some encouraging video messages 

This years walk had an Indian theme in food and decoration and we celebrated the philosophy of the great Gandhi




It's not an option, it's a must to wear a bright red lipstick...

....and to be fashionable, according to the theme of course

Hildur beauty 

No caption needed, right?

Almost at the final destination on day one...

There was no way to resist this ice-cold thing when we came to the cabin...

...or to take part in the ever so scientific Champagne/Cava/Sparkling-Wine blind wine tasting event

I'm proud to be the honour DJ in all our walks - and it seemed like people liked dancing to Benny Lava and friends

 Sigga, Elísabet and Elfa beauties!

Namaste

Festive accessories are a big part of our trip 
 

...hair accessories are also essential

Ms. Selma with a tray full of ice-cold Bombay Gin (got to say it tastes pretty amazing after a 22km hike)

Another brilliant video message

Cheers!

The food was not too shabby

Svava beauty

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We laughed so much it hurt

Ready for day three

for Gandhi of course




Erla found an egg




At the end of this road, the bus waited for us, and as tired I was and happy to see it, I was also sad that it was over....till next year.  Thank you Kolla for the photos!  And thank you ladies for an epic trip!