Sometimes paintings take time to be realized. I’ve had a series of icebergs puttering on my studio desk since June when I made a series of small studies. I’m happy to finally share this one as complete!

Windswept, 18" x 24" watercolor
Windswept, 18″ x 24″ watercolor

The painting is inspired by a photo I took during series of stormy days in Kullorsuaq, Greenland. First I completed a small study.

Windswept, 5" x 7" watercolor study
Windswept, 5″ x 7″ watercolor study

I worked with a limited palette, inspired by my field sketches and other iceberg paintings including Storm Front.

Cerulean Blue Chromium, Deep Scarlet, Raw Sienna, Phthalo Green (green shade), and Indanthrone Blue.
Cerulean Blue Chromium, Deep Scarlet, Raw Sienna, Phthalo Green (green shade), and Indanthrone Blue.

While painting, I keep watercolor paper scraps on my desk to explore and test colors.

My studio desk
My studio desk

It always feels good to finish a painting! This one will exhibit this winter in my Imaging the Arctic exhibition at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.