This was a brief trip to Luosto Lapland, within the Arctic Circle to organise some landscape painting courses in Lapland for 2008.
First impressions were of endless low lying forest - green everywhere. Whilst there I discovered a rich wilderness subject matter, something I'd been looking for for a while. A flip side to Venice and Sicily. More linked with my forays up into the Highlands of Scotland but slight and subtle. A wide fell land of green forests, low mountains and rivers. All coloured by the phenomenon of the midnight sun. At first when I visited it was grey rain and the day just stretched into night and out the other end with no change, quite disorientating. Then the weather broke and there were two days of bright arctic sunlight. The long twilights through the night were strange and captivating.
This experience went on
to inform the body of work The Sun as Fragment.