At this stage of the Mendenhall Glacier painting I’m adding dots to the white spaces between the first layer of dots, using different colors. I’m still working in mostly mid-values, except in the areas between the branches of the tiny spruce trees in the foreground. Here I’m beginning to formulate the shape of the trees with darker dots. Sound confusing? It can be, especially when working up close. So, I take frequent breaks and observe the canvas from a distance of 25-30 feet. Doing this helps me keep everything in perspective. The glacier ice is still unpainted and will be the next area that I tackle.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska glacier paintings