Leaving Milford

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Leaving Milford Sound”, 24×12, oil on canvas

Breathtaking, the fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 3000 feet as clouds swirl and dance playing peek-a-boo with the magnificent peaks. The remarkable glacial carved natural environment features spectacular tumbling waterfalls, glistening stunning fiords, ice-carved valleys with rivers, ancient rainforests, shimmering lakes, soaring walls of granite, and snow-capped peaks. 

Milford Sound, a fiord in Southwest New Zealand, has been called by some the eighth wonder of the World. I visited Milford Sound on a cruise ship in February 2013. For those who have visited Yosemite Valley, it was akin to sailing a cruise ship right into the valley. 

One of my favorite spots on a cruise ship is on the promenade deck right at the stern above the wake of the ship. Here you can hear the churning of the propellers in the water as it splashes and bubbles producing wonderful colors of aqua, greens, grays, and blues. I tried to capture a bit of this in the painting in Milford Sound.

For something totally different from the “nowe wi?zienie studyjne”, is another ‘vertical water’ painting. You can read more about it, including development of this painting here–

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