A Painting Expedition in Arctic Norway. 2011.
I spent five weeks of summer in the small coastal village of Hamarøy, above the Arctic Circle, living simply and keeping odd hours. I began the majority of the paintings by venturing out into the landscape with my paint box and supplies, scoping out resting places and painting places. I returned to complete the paintings in my new studio, an elementary school classroom with plenty of natural light and a big green chalkboard. When I would leave my studio late at night, the Midnattsol illuminated the mountaintops in a ridiculously romantic way.
I produced twenty three paintings that I shared in an exhibit at Hamarøy Galleri. The opening took place on the 11th of August, the evening of my last full day in town. One woman I met at the opening found a painting of her family farm in the gallery and was thrilled to take it home. A fellow identified the names of the people who lived in individual houses, painted as small dots on a mountainside. By the end of my expedition I felt a bit like an artistic ambassador, sharing my enthusiasm for a significant place with the people who call it home. Midnattsol Kickstarter Proposal
An exhibition catalog is available for preview and purchase at http://www.blurb.com/b/2472977-midnattso