12″ x 9″ watercolor 600.
My easel was poised in front of the wall of ice with blue sky above. The Mendenhall Glacier taunted me to try and capture it. A large chunk of ice had recently fallen to reveal a brilliant color so my brush found the cobalt teal blue and splashed it onto the Arches paper. The steel cold water looked formidable.
What is that movement down there? My binoculars found a canoe sailing toward the ice. Perfect! NOW you can see how large that glacier is even though my painting holds only a small section of it. Magnificent ice!
Imagine my surprise and delight when this painting received 1st place in the competition the next night at the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat! I was given brushes, frames and cash. But the best part I share with you, the priceless memory of painting under the shadow of a glacier. Soaking up the rare Juneau sunshine on the solstice.
Do you have a special memory of an Alaskan summer?
I would love to hear about it.