New Sunflower Painting in Pointillism [Sunflowerpainting1]

First I lightly sketch the subject onto a canvas using a pencil, after that I flung paint all over the original sketch from several large brushes and created a random splattering of various colors. When the splatters and drips dried I applied acrylic paint as a transparent wash to fill in large areas with pale […]

Original Painting “Sunflower” Finished!

Sunflower 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas original pointillism painting. The finished painting Sunflower. Next, the completed work will be photographed and digitized for my records, once the photography is complete I will apply several coats of Gloss Acrylic Gel to the entire surface. The gel will intensify color and give a nice tough finish to the […]

Details in the Leaves

I’m beginning to add details to the lower leaves. This is the fun part of painting, details make the whole piece come together! More tomorrow, Gail Niebrugge, Art of Alaska

Adjusting the Composition

I’ve made some changes to the composition to keep your eye traveling around inside the painting. In the upside down photo posted a few days ago the strong diagonal lines and highlights on the leaves caused the viewers eye to be drawn off the picture plane in the upper left corner. By darkening the leaves […]

Sunflower Seed Center Details

I am nearing the finish of the Sunflower original painting and it is time to add details, a part of painting that I enjoy very much! The photo above shows highlights and shadows on the seeds in the center of the sunflower. Next I will complete the detail on the yellow petals, and finally the […]

Evaluate the Composition While the Painting is Upside Down

At this point in the progress of the Sunflower original painting I evaluate the composition while the canvas is upside down. Compositional flaws will be quite obvious from this perspective. The upside down view shows me that the upper left portion of this painting is too light, and the diagonal lines of the leaves draw […]

Turn the Painting Upside down

Close-up of the center of the Sunflower original painting viewed upside down. I am developing the shadows between the seeds in the center of the flower. It is easier to reach this area of the painting by placing it upside down on the easel. More tomorrow, Gail Niebrugge, Art of Alaska

Almost Finished Sunflower Painting

More visitors to the studio, this time my cousin and his wife Bob and Netia Manning from Mountain Home Idaho. Cousin Bob and I are standing next to the partially finished sunflower painting. The center seed area requires a lot more work, but the rest of the painting needs only highlights, darks and details. I’ll […]

Pointillism Detail Sunflower Bottom Left

Close-up detail of underpainting where several layers of dots have been applied to the leaves in the lower left section of the Sunflower original painting.

Detail Pointillism Sunflower Top Left

A close-up detail showing pencil lines, underpainting, and first layer of dots on the upper left section of the sunflower original painting.

Original Painting on a Tall Canvas

This is a fairly large canvas, 36″x48,” with the easel positioned as low as it can go. Tall canvases require a lot of adjusting of the easel up and down in order for me to paint comfortably. I work hard to avoid bending over or raising my arm for long periods of time. The problem […]

Developing Pointillism on the Sunflower Painting

At this stage I concentrated on placing mid-value dots of acrylic paint on the top leaves and begin to develop the petals along the upper portion of the flower in pointillism. More tomorrow, Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

Beginning Pointillism Painting Sunflower

First I lightly sketch the subject onto a canvas using a pencil, after that I flung paint all over the original sketch from several large brushes and created a random splattering of various colors. When the splatters and drips dried I applied acrylic paint as a transparent wash to fill in large areas with pale […]

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