Brian Cheung
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Northbound

Thoughts, photos and anecdotes from my travels through Norway, Scotland and Finland.

Week 1 Down

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The first week here at Sumburgh has come and gone, so I thought it would be good to do a little update. There isn't as much going on (to blog about at least) compared to the last few months of traipsing around Norway and Scotland, but I suppose my priorities have shifted somewhat since settling down here. 

The work is slowly gaining momentum, and I'm feeling better about writing that second half of Bressay off as an unfortunate/toxic combination of circumstances. I have a few different tangents running now - most important of all is the ongoing series of sea paintings. I managed to complete 10 pieces before I moved to Sumburgh, and I'd like to at least surpass that number before I fly to Finland at the end of the month. Barring a couple, the majority of the Bressay sea paintings focused on waves and more specifically, that glorious light reflecting off at sundown. Here at Sumburgh I'll be going a different route and painting the coastline, and that interaction between land/water.

I've been thinking of how to move forward with what I make here, and it will be important to curate and edit my ideas. Iceland was so easy to manage when it came time to do the show as I just dumped everything into the front gallery at OTK and called it a day. I'm definitely aiming for multiple shows next year and it makes sense to separate each show by locations and/or themes. 

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