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Pack Ice
22" x 30"
Watercolor
$  2,800.00
 
Red Bay, Labrador, is the farthest north one can drive on the east coast of the North American Continent. The dusty road ends at the same point where the red line ends on my map. Someone should have cried out "Last stop! Last stop!" When I looked beyond that last remote house at the end of the road, my eyes looked past raw rock and desolate tundra, the color of avocados, and slipped onto the pack ice. Standing on the edge of the continent, I witnessed the solid ice, like a ground vapor, stretching endlessly all the way to the North Pole. Huge ice floes spun and scattered in the current, like heaps of marshmallow cream. When pack ice breaks up, it doesn't melt slowly. The ice rips out of its holding place and tears down river, opening the waterways to navigation. In a sea of black and blue, the towers of ice floated by with bases of pale blues and sides of mint green. Jutting rocks popped their heads up like surfacing Humpback Whales. For this painting, I scanned a photograph into my computer. With a little tinkering, I reconfigured the composition, moved shapes, cropped edges and brightened colors. I painted wet into wet, allowing the mint green of pack ice to course across the paper.