12″ x 9″ watercolor 600.
I stare at a skyscraper wall of ice from behind my easel.
Mendenhall Glacier taunts me to try to catch it.
A large chunk of ice fell off the night before. It reveals a scar of brilliant color so intense that I search for the right color to catch it. I splash it on the hungry watercolor paper.
The steel cold water looks 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. I received new brushes, new frames and cash.
But the best part is the priceless memory of painting
under the shadow of this glorious glacier
on the solstice in Juneau, Alaska.