10 Days Later …

If you’ve visited my website before you may notice this is not how it normally looks. If you haven’t, you might be wondering where the artwork is hiding or where information might be about classes or where to find my artwork. Well, after weeks of trying to figure out what got into my previous site – some kind of virus, apparently, most likely delivered via hacker – I’ve decided to start anew. It’s kind of nice really, starting over just in time for this great adventure in Shetland.

I will rebuild the pages with galleries of recent and archived artwork soon, but I’m not in a hurry. I also plan to build in a way for people to buy work online but that’s not likely to happen in the next six weeks.

(Pause)

10 days, a continent away, and finally a solid internet connection for my laptop later, I am in the midst of Day 3 of my residency at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse in Shetland! I think I have stopped feeling overwhelmed by it all. Perhaps it is premature to say that, though, as I have only begun to explore my surroundings, and the light on the ocean and islands changes by the hour and my desire to catch it all is difficult to control. It seems best to spend a lot of time outside just taking it in. Of course I bring my sketchbook and have done quite a bit of work so far, but trying to find balance is my aim.

I was fortunate to spend a week with my Uncle Bill and visiting family in Scalloway, so I got the chance to sleep off the jet lag and go on day trips to beautiful places during a spell of spectacular weather. I also got to prepare my papers, canvases and boards for the residency, which took a surprising amount of time (of course, I’ve brought an ambitious amount of materials not knowing how much one gets done with a month of solitude on top of a cliff).

I’ve posted lots of photos on Facebook and Instagram, so I’ll start here with sharing scenes and things from the last few days …

Sumburgh Head from a distance

Sumburgh Head from a distance

The twisty road up to the lighthouse. Here we go!

The twisty road up to the lighthouse. Here we go!

My apartment, the Occasional Keeper's Flat

My apartment, the Occasional Keeper’s Flat

View from my bedroom window

View from my bedroom window

The panoramic room, a room I get to use as a second studio until March 25

The panoramic room, a room I get to use as a second studio until March 25

That turquoise and steely blue and white ... I'm in heaven.

That turquoise and steely blue and white … I’m in heaven.

First day of sketching

First day of sketching

4 thoughts on “10 Days Later …

  1. Derek & Rhona

    Hi Jackie, Good to see you’ve arrived safely and are established at the Lighthouse. It has featured in the crime drama on BBC that finished tonight.
    Have fun while you’re there; are you still looking at clouds?

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    1. Jackie Lakely Post author

      Hi Derek and Rhona! I heard it was featured on the last episode of Shetland! As a crime scene or something? This has been a great experience so far, and yes, I am still a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society : )
      XO

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  2. Jim Carver

    Let me first say… I love, love, love your parents. Your mom is one of my favorite people on planet earth. And your Dad is of course very special too. I have the honor and privilege of being their pastor. Seeing the pics has now meant that the Shetlands are officially on my bucket list. Am looking forward to seeing your artwork.

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    1. Jackie Lakely Post author

      Thanks Jim. My parents are pretty great, aren’t they? You would love a visit to the Isles, guaranteed! : )

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