Ice out, Penobscot River


Fine art painting. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, enormous thick tables of ice on the muddy shore of the river as the ice started to break up.


Ice out, Penobscot River by Alison C. Dibble is an original, one-of-a-kind fine art oil painting on cradled gessobord, framed in a plein air gold frame, 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.6 cm), $1000. The price includes shipping to the lower 48 states in the USA*.

In Maine, I was driving past this cove in February at 50 mph on an overcast day and out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of  huge table-like pieces of ice on the muddy shore of the Penobscot River. The ice formations were so unlikely, I had to go back the next day and explore. It was as though these ice pieces were furniture for giants. I took photos and wondered at it all. My guess: the ice had frozen to the bottom of a narrow creek channel, and as the thaw proceeded, with the tide these chunks worked their way out toward deeper water. Twice daily at low tide they were marooned on the mud.

Back in the studio I designed in pencil, then painted quickly with a palette knife and other favorite implements. I used pigments that I haven’t combined before. It’s an unusual painting, tribute to an unusual subject.

[Item number 4630]

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