It’s day 7 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I’ve been obsessed with the color of the glacial lake on 3 Fingered Jack since I went backpacking there a few weeks ago. I had to use these gorgeous colors in a painting. What makes the lake this milky turquoise color? I had to look it up because I thought it was a specific mineral but it’s actually from rock flour. In a nutshell what happens is the rock around the glacier is finely ground and when it is suspended in the melt water it colors the water.

This milky turquoise color was the perfect backdrop for the silvery, cracked and curved tree branch in “Below the Glacier II.” For me the tree branch was mimicking the hues of the stones around the glacial lake.

“Below the Glacier II”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and tree branch on wood panel
Origin: 3 Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon
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The glacial lake just below “Jack Glacier” on 3 Fingered Jack:

3 Finger Jack Glacial Lake, Oregon

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.