Title: Glacial Blue
Media: Oil on canvas
The ice on a glacier has been there for a really long time and has been compacted down under the weight of the glacier so that its structure is pretty different from the ice you usually see. The sustained compression forces out the tiny air pockets that usually make ice look white. The change in structure of the ice crystals causes the dense ice to absorb the red and yellow bands of the light spectrum, while blue light is reflected, resulting in the glacier’s blue.