The summer heat is exceptional this year so we are spending as much time working outdoors as we can. In these pictures, we are developing a three-dimensional painting of sorts, inspired by vintage lighthouse kitsch. More specifically I’ve been inspired by an actual lighthouse named Tall John that is located at the southern tip of Öland (an island in Sweden, not far from my childhood home).
At the moment that I was working on watercolor textures for Tall John, a letter arrived, and the stamp of this letter had a photograph of this same lighthouse. What are the odds? I’ve not seen this stamp before, I think I would remember. Previously I felt uncertain if Tall John had the right architecture for the intended use, it’s simple and unassuming and there are many much more beautiful lighthouses. But there’s something about the mundane and unspectacular that I want to explore, so I couldn’t help but take this as a sign of us being on the right track.