I’m finally getting started on the commission for the new Redington Jr/Sr High School. This is the first of four 4’x8′ panels that will connect, creating a 4’x32′ long painting of Fireweed up-close. I can’t wait to get started, this will be a fun project to paint. I will post my progress from time to […]
My daughter-in-law Janine spent the day with us today and helped me prep the art panels for the Redington School. There will be 32′ of panels joined together for the wall in the gymnasium. We primed the panels with an acrylic primer, and I will add an acrylic bonding agent to the paint when I […]
There are four of these 4’x 8′ panels of Sintra for the Redington School % for Art Commission. They will be joined to form a 32′ long art panel. In addition there will be a 4’x4′ panel on the adjacent curved wall. This will be fun, the subject is Fireweed! First I need to sand […]
The guys from Design Graphics Signs installing the final big bird in the series of seven in the lobby of the new Mat Su Day School, Wasilla, Alaska. The finished installation. Just in time for the building dedication Friday, August 15.
I laid the seven big birds out on the living room carpet and took this photo from the pony wall of the overhead studio loft. The birds took nearly 12′ of space all crammed together like this. Once installed on the curved entry wall of the Mat Su Day School they will occupy about 27′ […]
With the long daylight and gorgeous temperatures of summer, tending the garden seems to be taking priority over working in the studio. Of course, my recent shoulder surgery and husbands heart attack and his subsequent hospitalization for blood glucose issues have taken most of my time recently, I find that when I have a free […]
The beginning of the second Snow Goose painting for the Mat Su Day School Percent for Art project for the entry. This is number five out of seven big birds, once this is finished I will have two to go! I often paint with the subject upside down or sideways, it means less reaching up […]
Bird number four, three to go for the % for Art Mat Su Day School Lobby, Wasilla, Alaska.
Getting a good start on the Snowgoose painting for the % for Art for the Mat Su Day School, Wasilla, Alaska.
First Sandhill Crane finished, three out of seven birds complete now. Fun commission for the Mat Su Day School % for Art.
I have just started laying in dots on the large Sandhill Crane image. Seven big birds will be completed for the entry lobby of the new Mat Su Day School in Wasilla, Alaska under the % for Art program. This is number three.
One of seven waterfowl paintings commissioned through the Alaska % For Art program to be installed in the entry of the Mat Su Day School, Wasilla, Alaska. Two completed, five to go!
Last Spring I spent nearly a week in the field photographing migrating birds to use as reference in future paintings. This effort resulted in all the birds I am now using for the Mat Su Day School Per Cent for Art, to eventually be installed in the entry lobby. Here are two more in the […]
The first big bird in the Mat Su Day School commission; Raven. He is painted on 1/4″ thick cut out panel of Sintra, one of seven birds that will complete the project. This is the smallest, therefore the easiest to complete. Now I’m working on the largest, the big Sandhill Crane starting to fly. It […]
My studio has been invaded by a bunch of birds! Yesterday I began to establish values on the big birds, painting shadows and highlights. The birds are all in a state of very rough under painting, but are taking shape. I will continue to layer paint, no doubt start adding pointillism next until they begin […]
After lightly pencil sketching details onto the big birds I coated each panel with a transparent acrylic bonding agent. After it dried I begin to loosely paint a neutral acrylic value to establish the patterns of light and dark on each bird. Yesterday I finished five birds, today I will finish the last two and […]
Picked up my big birds from the fabricator yesterday, one of them needs to be re-cut, the size is wrong. But, other than that they are ready for sanding and cleaning and an application of the bonding agent that I use for acrylic paint. We head out on vacation in the morning for two weeks, […]
“Mystrom Family Boathouse” acrylic on canvas 14″ x 18″ by artist Gail Niebrugge ©2011. A finished painting, ready for professional digital photography. Clients and artist all satisfied. Gail Niebrugge, landscape illustrator
I’m abandoning pointillism to paint detail due to the size of the canvas. If this were a big 3′ x 4′ piece it would be possible to paint the whole surface with dots, but this canvas is 14″ x 18″ and requires multiple techniques. Detail work at this phase included squaring up windows and posts, […]
At this phase I spent time developing a dark background to contrast the light-colored sunlit siding of the boat house. Layering dots of acrylic paint creates a tactile texture, I think that is one reason I like to use pointillism. Notice I’m only painting large blocks of color, anything with detail is left out. Detail […]