Posted by: jeanne | March 27, 2013

iceland residency, the houses

this is the sixth post in this series. here’s the previous post.  see the first and the second and the third and the fourth posts.

the first house is listhus at olafsfjordur.  here’re some pictures of the interior. it seems very homey. here are some pictures in summer.

listhusplan

this is an updated studio floorplan for listhus, with pictures.

listhusstudio

the second one is the old schoolhouse at gamli skoli.  they’ve recently renovated that fourth bedroom, which has a separate entrance, and would be a lot more private/isolated from the other three rooms, except that it doesn’t come with studio space (it’s also less expensive).  there is space in the cellar to do something, if you’d like.  the three studios are shared, in one big room, each studio having its own window.  here are pictures of the interior, and it seems very modern and neat. you can tell it’s an old schoolhouse, for there are blackboards and institutional corridors.  here’s a day trip to hrisey.

gamliskoliplan

and why is this important to me?  and which appeals to me more?  and what does it matter, when it’s the residents who will set the tone, not the furnishings.

having said that, i couldn’t tell in the photos of listhus how many windows the bedrooms have, because it’s just not clear, and all the rooms aren’t pictured.  so i asked.  and bedroom 2 is a single room with 2 windows, so that’s the one i want.  i notice in photos that you can move the desk in room two of gamli skoli, and the workspace is next to the wall.  this might turn out to be vital.  for my needs, i’ll be working on a novel, as well as painting encaustic pictures of the landscape, so i’ll need two work spaces.  two tables.  i’ve got a question in to the administrator at gamli skoli on how that might work out, because i use orange oil in my encaustic painting, and burning it in makes limonene fumes (which most people find lovely and fragrant, but which in large doses affects your liver (or kidneys, i forget which).  so you need ventilation.  gamli skoli answered my question, and suggested the fourth bedroom, which doesn’t have a studio attached (and therefore is given mostly to writers, etc), but there is a space in the cellar for smelly things like orange oil.  there’s not such a problem at listhus because the living space is completely separate from the work area, but there’s only one studio with a window, so you’d want that one for the ventilation.

and what’s preventing me from making up my mind and applying to one of these?  i’ve already discussed why i don’t want to waste people’s time applying to both.  it’s bad karma.  but i don’t know where i’d be happier and more productive.

see the next post here.

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