Moulin with Gulls


‘Moulin with Gulls’ by Alison C. Dibble, diptych, oil on canvas 36 x 72 inches.


A perilous dropoff, this hole in the ice extends thousands of feet to the underneath side of the Greenland Ice Sheet. One misstep near this feature, and the adventure is over.

‘Moulin with Gulls’ is an original fine art painting by Alison C. Dibble. It is oil on canvas, painted on two 36 x 36 x 1.4 inch canvases that are designed to hang adjacent to each other as a diptych. This painting is part of the series Greenland Ice Sheet Imagined by Alison Dibble.

I imagined this scene. I wanted to explore the phenomenon of  moulins, or mills, that conduct meltwater off the surface of  the ice sheet. A moulin might start as a little crack, and the water finds its way down, down. It carves a wider, deeper hole over time. With the warm temperatures during summer in Greenland in recent years, this has led to an increase in these holes to where some parts of the ice sheet might have numerous vertical rivers.

A moulin can be about 30 feet across. I needed something for scale, and the black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus), a native bird of Greenland, suggested itself for the job. One is in the lower right, and a small group is on the left side.

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