Pointillism Detail 18

Above is a close-up section of the Kennicott original painting showing a detail of the ore crushing mill. Because I have been painting this historic site for more than thirty years my paintings have become a part of the contemporary history of the region. This is my first painting of the new roof that was […]

Pointillism Detail 17

The above close-up detail of a section of the Kennicott original painting shows the use of a multitude of colored dots. I chose this example to illustrate how tightly the dots are placed, and I’m not done yet by a long shot. Most artists quit long before this because the work is so tedious.

Pointillism Detail 16

Above is a close-up detail of the foliage in a small section of the Kennicott original painting. Many colored dots are used to establish highlights, midtones, and shadows.

Pointillism Detail 15

An overview of the repainted sky in the Kennicott original painting with six layers of dots. One more layer should bring it together perfectly, but I will wait until I add final details to the entire painting to finish the sky. Right now I need to spend time on the glacier moraine, so far it […]

Pointillism Detail 14

This section shows the repainted sky in the Kennicott original with three layers of dots

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A section of the repainted sky in the Kennicott painting showing three layers of of dots.

Pointillism Detail 12

An overview of the progress of repainting the sky in the Kennicott original. At this point three layers of dots have been added. I am still not satisfied. I’m going to make the dots much more dense because too much of the first sky still shows. My job is not done, but I’m excited to […]

Pointillism Detail 11

One layer of dots in the repainting of the sky in the Kennicott original painting. I will not paint Mt. Blackburn until the very end.

Pointillism Detail 10

Above is a section of the sky in the Kennicott original painting showing one layer of dots in the repainting using darker values of blue and blue green.

Pointillism Detail 9

Above is a section of the Kennicott painting showing the first layer of dots during the repainting of the sky. Many artists stop here, this is the look they want from pointillism. I, on the other hand, take this technique to extremes. My next series of blogs will show the complex application of dots, layer […]

Pointillism Detail 8

Above is a close up of the Kennicott Mine painting showing Mt. Blackburn and the distant sky. I am planning to repaint the finished sky. Work on the mountain will be saved until the painting is almost complete, what you see is the underpainting.

Pointillism Detail 7

Above is a close up section of the sky in the Kennicott Mine original painting. I used multiple dots in many colors layered over each other. Essentially the sky is finished. In contrast the mountains are, for the most part, the untouched roughed-in underpainting. Unfortunately, I do not like the sky, it is not working […]

Pointillism Detail 6

To help you gain perspective, here is an overview of a larger section of the Kennicott Copper Mine painting that includes all the small detail sections in the previous six blog entries. At this point I added extensive pointillism to some areas of the underpainting. Dots are used to define many of the red walls […]

Pointillism Detail 5

Above is the original underpainting of a section of the Kennicott Copper Mine original painting showing the distant mountains. I added pointillism to the the green tree areas of the mountain and I have used extensive overlapping pointillism in the sky.

Pointillism Detail 4

Above is the original underpainting of a section of the Kennicott Copper Mine showing roof tops and part of the glacial moraine in the background. At this stage I began to add a small amount of pointillism to the moraine and to the shadows on the red walls.

Pointillism Detail 3

Above is the original underpainting of a section of the Kennicott Copper Mine painting showing roof tops. I added pointillism to some of the red walls and the orange roof.

Pointillism Detail 2

Above is the original underpainting of a section of the Kennicott Copper Mine painting showing the chimney stacks and some of the glacier moraine in the background. Very few dots have been applied at this point.

Pointillism Detail 1

I will now begin a series showing close up details of the progress of the large painting of the Kennicott Copper Mine, located in the Wrangell St-Elias National Park, Alaska, shown in my Blog entry posted January 7, 2007 titled “First Layer Underpainting”. Shown above is the original underpainting with a few dots added on […]

First Layer Underpainting

Kennicott original painting in progress. Pointillism is beginning to cover the underpainting the lower third, the center and most of the top are just quick strokes of the first layer of under painting. The sky is pointillism, but I think I will change it after the mountains are more defined.

KTUU Channel 2 News

Scott Jensen, KTUU Channel 2, Anchorage, Alaska, making a video of Gail painting in her studio using the technique of pointillism for the 6:00 news Friday, January 5, 2007. The painting on the easel is a partially completed version of the Kennicott Copper Mine located in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Use this […]

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