Glaciers are magnificent works of natural art. Their form and shape create various compositions of utter beauty. To walk on and experience one such work of art is a true gift! This particular glacier is called the Matanuska Glacier. It serves as the main headwater source for the Alaskan river that shares its name. This massive stream of ice carves it's way through the mountains until it terminates. Here giant mounds of pulverized rock spread in all directions. This gravel is void of any biological material and only a few rugged plants can survive such an inhospitable home. Among those hardy flora varieties are a wildflower called Fireweed. As someone who enjoy's a good pun, it amuses me greatly to see the giant icy glacier serving as a beautiful backdrop to this wild fireweed. This scene is just begging to be titled Fire & Ice! :)
To add to the unique nature of this painting, I handmade the panel that it is painted on. I harvested glacier silt from the same watershed as the glacier, then used it to prepare and absorbent ground to accept my paint. YOu can see bits of the natural glacier silt peeking through the paint. It is dark grey in color. This painting of the Matanuska Glacier actually contains particles of rock that this same glacier pulverized! I love how the process comes full circle and I hope you do too.
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Professional Grade Gamblin Artist Oil Colors and Alaskan Glacier Silt