Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Clouds and Rain in the Fjords

"Rainy Day in Balestrand, Norway"
7" x 9" watercolor sketch

From our balcony at the small hotel on the Sonjefjord, we have 180 degree view of the spectacular mountains and inlets. This scene is to our right. There were heavy clouds over the fjords.

We visited the small aquarium where the very best display, for us, is woodcarvings of various scenes from the early 1900s. The Norwegians have perfected this craft. We emerged in an electrical storm and took cover at the art gallery/old objects display/restaurant. We added to the economy and checked out a textile exhibit. Later we had a smorgasbord at the Kvikne hotel, a historic place run by the sixth generation. In fact, our innkeeper is a descendent.

Today we look forward to two ferry rides on the fjords, then a bus up the mountains and train back to Oslo, where we move on to Stockholm by train tomorrow.


AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful view and even more beautiful painting! What a delight this trip is, even if vicariously!

Barbra Joan said...

Mary, right now your making some wonderful memories, keep on enjoying everything that comes along in your day. and thank you for sharing with us "house plants'.BJ

PAMO said...

Mary- your composition and painting here is spectacular!! I love it!! You are having the perfect vacation- full of sights, history and movement.

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Sherry, Barbra Joan, and Pam. The trip is a real treat and it's nice to capture some of it in my art.

janice said...

Absolutely charming, Mary! The cottage is alone, but doesn't look lonely. Thanks for the posts from your trip.