After our trip to Alaska, one of the highlights was the trip to Glacier Bay. Here we saw a few icebergs but the best was the Marjorie Iceberg where we stayed for thirty minutes to take in the splendour of this site.
I managed a quick sketch of this and added watercolour. The bright blue was impressive as well as the colours of the distant snow covered mountains.
Having done the watercolour sketch, I have wondered since, if it would work as an oil painting. Not feeling confident, because the subject matter was outside my usual comfort zone, it has taken a while to get around to it.
Using the study, as well as several pictures taken at the time, I decided to approach the painting in my usual way; by using a palette knife. As with all subject matter, the painting was dictated partly by the medium. Some aspects were transferable but others developed along with the painting.
White was added first, as this was one of the major colours. Then the cerulean blue was added; this being one of the colours that stood out on the day. Next, the background mountains were painted using a mixture of French Ultramarine before I worked on the dark mountain on the right; picking out the purples by adding cobalt violet.
The contrast with the greens on the mountain on the left was next, before adding the sky. Finally, the water at the front was painted; this was an interesting greenish colour. Last of all small details were added before I stepped back and looked to see if I needed to make any small adjustments.
I will now wait a while before deciding if the painting has worked. If I'm not happy I can always paint over it!