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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What Color is a Glacier??

I'm getting on a plane to check off an important locale from my bucket list: Glacier National Park.
We plan to hike and walk and wander through the beautiful western park
as it prepares to close soon for the season.
I won't be dragging along a lot of painting gear; I've decided to try an experiment and take
only a small sketch pad and some pencils.  I want to record the scenes in tonal studies and make notes about the colors.  Of course I'll have my trusty camera along but I hope to
come home and paint from my sketches, not the camera photos.  I want
to remember how the color felt, not what they actually looked like.

I want to find out what color a glacier really is....would you say white?  at all times of day?  does the morning sun make it cooler or warmer?  Does the surrounding color reflect upon it? Hmmmmm,
these are things I do not know not having seen a glacier recently.

I'm excited....after Glacier we will scoot down to the Tetons and soak up
the beauty they have to offer.  This is new territory for me and I can't wait.
I will share some of the sketches when I get back, meanwhile, 
 what is the color of awe!??


  1. Very exciting Cindy. You are visiting 2 places on my bucket list. Cannot wait to see your sketches and photos. Be safe!

  2. Yes, this is most exciting, Cindy. Have a wonderful and safe trip. Looking forward to seeing your photos and paintings.

  3. As a climber in another lifetime, I can report that glaciers are dirty in the summer, and blue-white in the winter.

    A painter once asked me how he struggled to differentiate the sky from the glacier in oil paintings. It is an interesting struggle, I think.

    Great to read you blog, Cindy.

  4. I don't know which is more exciting, the trip itself, or your new approach to capturing the sites in sketches. I cannot wait to see and hear all about it!

  5. Casey: they are a bit dirty looking in the summer! But my o my: icebergs in August?! Some beautiful spots in the back country, put about 26 miles on the boots so the easel will be busy!!


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