I had forgotten how much fun it is to paint over the watercolor wash coated with acrylic gel, using acrylic paint in dots! I love it and wonder why I quit. The photo of the early phase of the painting “McKinley Trail” above shows that I’ve begun to fill in the sky using gradation from light to dark, left to right. I’ve also started to define the shadows on the mountain, leaving the white of the paper for the highlights. I work flat using my drafting table for watercolor, but to view the composition from a distance on the easel I slip it into one of my ancient “studio mats”, this way I can study it without background distractions.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska painter