Working on a project for Teylers Museum Haarlem, NL), I shot some video notes to work on back home. Still fragments of these images often have a special aesthetic appeal of their own.
When working on illustrations it’s easy to forget to save the colour schemes you invent on the go. That’s how I discovered the real advantage of Adobe’s online tool ‘Kuler’. It’s also great fun to use the colour samplers and try to compose a strip of 5 colour patches, or swatches. The limitation of only 5 colours, and the feeling that there should be some sense to the composition brings it very close to composing a haiku. This form of poetry which only allows for 3 sentences with 5, 7, 5 syllables, used for the description of seasonal observations, needs a disciplined and focussed approach. So does the invention of a strip of 5 colours accompanied by a name that makes some sense.
This is not the actual Geysir geyser, but a curious brick construction along the path leading up to Geysir and Strokkur. It is as if the very small people who are living there are cooking very hot stew on their open fire. People from the Sagas perhaps. A miniature Egil, or Skallagrim, living there in the sulfurous fumes for ever and ever.