Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10,000 years and counting

15" x 30" oil on panel

This painting in progress is of some large chunks of ice on the shoreline.  The colours in the ice are amazing always and combined with the water lapping at their bases made a good composition.

I seem to be encased in ice lately.  My previous post at Easter about the first iceberg of the season seemed to send a signal to Mother Nature to open the floodgates.  And given the gift of ice, I figured I may as well paint it.

The pack ice pushed in to shore off and on depending on the wind direction and last weekend we had 60 hours of freezing rain and drizzle, coating the landscape.  Oddly enough it didn't seem to affect roads too much which is unusual.

Today, the sun was bright but the wind cold, but icebergs and more loose ice moved into the harbour where I live.  The sun lit the bergs and ice and the colours were beautiful blues and turquoises against the deep indigo ocean.

As the ice was so close and even on the shore, the opportunity was too good to not pass up the chance to harvest some glacial ice for drinks.  This ice is dense and melts much less quickly than the ice you'd make at home.  It was rinsed and broken into smaller pieces (this glacial ice is HARD) then to the freezer to add to drinks.  There are tiny pockets of air in glacial ice and they make popping sounds as the ice melts in a drink.  Its very unique.


RH Carpenter said...

Gorgeous photos and great painting start :). I love seeing ice over trees, etc. but hate to drive or travel in it. Glad you can stay in and paint the beauty of it all. Hope you get spring soon, though!!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Freezing rain and ice are not my friends. I've fallen too many times on ice to want to do it again, so I stay inside where possible when the weather's like that.

Spring comes in fits and starts and more often than not moves directly into summer and skips it entirely!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

dont miss that at all lol

great start to the painting :)

Jeanette Jobson said...

I cannot say that I like cold weather and especially icy weather. I hibernate in the studio when it happens.

Maria Hopp said...

Nice quick thinking with the glacial ice for drinks!