Finished Commission Painting “Mystrom Family Boathouse”

“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

Third Phase of Mystrom Boathouse Commission

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, […]

Second Phase of Mystrom Boathouse Commission

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 […]

Beginning Mystrom Boathouse Commission

It is always difficult to sort out the composition when beginning a painting with dots, it is much easier to lay down a thin, transparent wash to block in elements of the design.  But, for some reason I started this painting with dots knowing full well that when it came to painting the tiny figures […]

Sketches for a Commissioned Painting

Working with a client to create a painting on commission is a rewarding process.  Nothing satisfies me more as an artist than to be able to understand and interpret a clients wishes and produce an artwork that meets expectations.  This little gem is a good example.  My client wanted a painting of a newly built […]

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