In 2009 I travelled north through the Alaskan arctic. This was at summer solstice. The sun was above the horizon all day, and when it was overcast, as in this painting, 4PM and 4AM looked about the same.

I didn't have the opportunity to stop for plein air work. However, I made sketches and lots of color notes, and did paintings from memory at the end of each day. This painting began as one of those.

The arctic is wonderfully green in June, with rolling plains leading off into the mountain ranges. This is the country of the great caribou herds. In this view, there is a small river, with snow still hanging on at the edges. Small wildflowers, deep green flowering shrubs, and slender grasses cover the tundra. A mysterious place.
Arctic Spring
9 x 12
oil on linen panel

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