4F has the working title of “At Urnes”. The woman here is looking out on the Fjord. You might sense the presence of snow on the ground by the diffuse lighting to her chin, lips and nose. The sunglasses reflect the view. The fur hood suggests it is worth for her to wrap up warm and snug.

The background consists of Norwegian mythological wood carvings from the north portal of the Urnes Stave Church (Urnes stavkyrkje). It harks back to the transition between ‘so-called’ Heathen and Christian Viking age. It is a 12th-century stave church along the Lustrafjorden in the municipality of Luster in Vestland county, Norway. The timber building is been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is located on the eastern side of the fjord, directly across from the village of Solvorn.

The sunglasses help set the scene, one glass mirrors a view diagonally across the water to the mountains and the changing weather created by the micro climate of the Fjord and the high altitude of the mountains. The other glass reflects the building that the woman is standing by. To make this painting work well, I have taken some artistic liberties. E.g. I have changed the elevation relative to the mountains and the position of the woman in relation to the carvings.

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Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #4F, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 120x90cm.

4f in situ
Urnes Stavkyrkje

Creative commons license attribution: Tnarik Innael


Creative commons licence attribution: Luster – Store norske leksikon