At this stage in the Mendenhall Glacier painting I grayed back the mountain at the top behind the glacier using greens and blues mixed with each of their complementary colors, and deleted all definition. Doing this caused the mountain to appear as if in the far distance or obscured by mist. Then, I added more definition to the ridge on the top upper left and painted an area of sunlight at the bottom of the ridge. These two changes gave the illusion of depth in the painting. The glacier ice appears to have some “punch” and stands out better than before because of the new background. My next job will be to define the short ridge to the left above the water, then I’ll begin work on the foreground. No details will be added until the very end.
Gail Niebrugge, landscape painting