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, 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!


Festive accessories are a big part of our trip 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


The food was not too shabby

Svava beauty


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!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

An update: New book, Ibby award, studio, tweed & hot river (in that order)

Hello!  Been a while!  
I feel like I've been jugglin' about a million different things lately.  One of them is illustrating the next book in the series about Mói Hrekkjusvín.  Again, I'm so enjoying illustrating Mói and his friends.  The story is just hysterical!  It's coming out this Fall - so stay tuned!  In the meantime, here is a little spot from inside the book.  Mói's hand can be seen there at the bottom.  He's adorable annoying to most everyone he meets.

In other news:

I was honoured to receive Ibby's Vorvindar award this Spring!  I am truly overwhelmed by the honour.  And especially accepting them after such a wonderful speech about my work by one of my illustrating idols, Áslaug Jónsdóttir.  :)

...and Lára and I thought this deserved an "award-selfie"

I've been organising my home studio.  One of the perks of freelancing is being able to work from wherever I find a desk basically.  Since my son Dagur is out of school for the summer, I decided to work from home instead.  And I like that, a lot.  The pile of laundry in the hallway I don't like as much...

 - desk clean - 

- desk at work (I like that my kids are watching me work, making sure I don't waste my time) -

Finally after 12 months of waiting, it was Reykjavík Tweed Ride again.  
And this year, Dagur joined us.  Wearing tweed of course.

And the weather was perfect.  

And I've started to prepare for my yearly hiking trip.  A must in the preparation is soaking in a hot river with an ice cold beer.  

Enjoy your summer!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Patterns for the 2014 stamp series..and more

Here they are, my stamp-babies united at last!  The Town Festival series is completed with this set of ten stamp sheets.  I'm one proud stamp-mama today.  

The illustration here below is from the FDC envelope that came with the 2014 series.  Each hand represents one of the festivals.  I must tell you that I'm especially fond of the hand holding the sign with the year 1932.  The reason is my grandpa.  He's from the town of Reykjanesbær (originally Keflavík). Every year he attends the town festival called Ljósanótt in Reykjanesbær.  They have the great tradition of having the people of the town, from young adults up to the oldest members, carry signs with the year they are born down a street downtown Keflavík. And my grandpa has proudly carried the sign with his year 1932.  He's the sweetest, I love him. 

Below are the patterns I made for each festival:

 Menningarnótt í Reykjavík

Humarhátíð á Höfn

Danskir dagar í Stykkishólmi

Síldarævintýrið á Sigló

..and last but not least, Ljósanótt í Reykjanesbær (with lots of 1932 signs)