12″ x 9″ watercolor by Raven
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I stare at a skyscraper wall of ice from behind my easel.
Mendenhall Glacier taunts me.
A chunk of ice calves revealing a scar of brilliant color. I search for the right color and splash cobalt teal on the hungry watercolor paper.
The steel cold water is formidable.
What is that movement? My binoculars find a canoe sailing full of brave souls.
Perfect! NOW I can help you see just how large that glacier really is.
My paper can only hold a a small piece of the thundering monolith.
This painting received 1st place the next day in the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat competition. It gave me new brushes, new frames and cash.
But the best part is the priceless memory of painting
near the shadow of this glorious glacier
on the solstice in Juneau, Alaska.