Snow Forms

$2,450.00

24″x36″

acrylic on canvas.

1 in stock

Description

Snow Forms

24″x36″

acrylic on canvas.

The Inspiration

In 1996, Mount Washington on Vancouver Island recorded a snow pack of 1 000 centimetres or 30 feet of snow. Tourists complained to the management of the ski resort that there was too much snow! You had to ski up the mountains to get to the chair lifts, as they were covered in snow.

From an artist’s perspective, the mountain looked like a massive snow sculpture. The whole forest was buried under this bizarre snow fall, which in turn was carved by high winds off the Pacific Ocean. I am an avid cross country skier and was enchanted by this phenomenon.

While on the mountain and back in the studio, I completed a series of paintings called Snow Forms.

My imagination went wild, producing a myriad of monster forms! Beautiful women in profile, towering snow ghosts! With the backdrop of the sunset I could use a full spectrum of colors from west coast pinks to cool greens and blues.

The German philosopher Gotte wrote a thesis on color theory, based on the fact that snow under bright sun is so strong that it forces the eye to see blue or purple in the shadows.

Today this is called simultaneous contrast. Scientists still cannot explain why the brain sees the opposite color. However, to a colorist, this couldn’t have been better. I saw fantastic curving organic
forms, illuminated with a shower of contrasting cool and warms colors. Magic!

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