Thursday, April 19th, 2012
This piece is like the inverse of Spiral Islands, with the rich French Ultramarine mixed straight into the salt-saturated solution. To me it looks like a series of thermal lakes that have burst and melted through a thick layer of ice, crusted around the edges and looking down into the deep blue of the ocean, with little floes of ice still floating, sparkling on the surface.
I admit I considered painting in the white the way I did with Islands, but this arctic image came to me so I let well enough alone this time.
Spiral Lakes, 5″x7″ salt and watercolor on paper, $269 framed, with free shipping.
Above, you can see a close-up of one of the spirals. I really like the way the paint pulls away from the edges of the pool so the color is richer in the middle and fades toward the salt crystals. Below, you can see the lakes in their frame, which you could tuck into a bookshelf or decorate a wall somewhere with a bit of gorgeous blue and unexpected sparkle.