During the last several months I’ve been designing, fabricating and painting seven panels for the Palmer Courthouse Entry % for Art commission, it is a big project by my standards and will require tens of thousands of dots of acrylic paint when finished. The project is being painted on one of my favorite surfaces, Sintra, a PVC product that is light weight and flexible. To prepare the panels I lightly sand with 000 sand paper and thoroughly clean the exterior with denatured alcohol. In order to increase adhesion to the non-porous surface of Sintra I mix a binding agent in the first layer of paint, a liquid acrylic polymer emulsion GAC 200. Using a large brush and broad strokes, I quickly lay down the under painting paying attention to the design and pattern of the darks and lights in the composition.
At this stage the paintings have a whimsical, colorful, abstract appearance that would satisfy many artists as the finished product. Not for me. I have a way of making painting very complicated by layering dots upon dots, a technique called pointillism.
The above photos are thumbnail details of the paintings during this first phase.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist