Original painting by artist Gail Niebrugge
“50 Below Copper Center” original painting
acrylic on canvas 30″ x 40″ SOLD
Unless you grew up in Southern California like Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge did, you would not understand her fascination with changes in the landscape during the extreme winter temperatures along the Copper River, Alaska. Aside from the incredible cold, she was amazed by the silence. The river is silent, frozen solid very deep, and the sounds of wind moving through the leaves and grass are no longer heard, the world seems to stop for awhile. Hoar frost forms thick shapes along branches, roof tops, fences, and trees, and the low golden glow of the fleeting sun creates millions of diamond sparkles on the snow and in the frosty air. It is magic. Occasionally the silence is broken by the swishing sound of wings in the air as a solitary bird moves across the sky. Niebrugge tried to paint this cold. The artist wonders, how do you paint cold? In this painting she used a lot of cool colors. All the colors on the colorwheel have a cool version, often found by mixing a color with its compliment. Cool yellow doesn’t seem possible, but it is.