Glacial Waters - plein air Inside Passage
Oil painting by Talya Johnson


  • Oil painting, Panel / Board / MDF
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  • Size: 8 × 6 in (unframed) / 8 × 6 in (actual image size)
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  • Signed on the front

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Talya Johnson

United States

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Glacier Bay in Alaska represents the most dramatic documented large-scale glacial retreat in the world. 250 years ago a single, large tidewater glacier covered all of Glacier Bay. By 1750 the glacier began to retreat and has now retreated 60 miles to the head of the bay. Only a few cruise ships and boats are allowed in the area at one time.

I had the rare privilege of painting in the bay en plein air (meaning in open air) from the aft deck of a cruise ship while on the Painted Ladies Inc. Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat! The scene before me was changing constantly and I had to hurry in order to capture this particular scene of a far off glacier disappearing in the crevices of Alaska's majestic mountains. my hurried pace was an interesting contrast to the idea of these slowly moving ancient rivers of ice. The different striations of water, and silt intermingling while the clear sky and sunlight and mountains reflected in the depths of the Pacific Ocean were fascinating to observe and get lost in. So many tiny color variations sparked my imagination and excitement for the place, while provided a certain meditative calm that followed me throughout the cruise.

The variation of blue and green hues in this painting are sure to provide a calming effect of any space, reminding the viewer of the beauty found in slowing down and looking deeply.

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Professional quality oil colours, medium, linen mounted on board

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