I don’t usually go into detail at this stage of the painting, the bottom half remains untouched but for the under painted watercolor wash. But something tells me that I won’t have a whole lot to do on the bottom half, it has a nice feel already, I’ll just pull it together with some darks, lights and detail. The top third is essentially finished, the middle third is partially ready, I’ve just got to define some of the green grassy areas on the right and left and some of the earth shapes that break up the water. I’m really enjoying the light, airy impression of this image. It strongly brings me back to my hike on the McKinley Bar Trail, in Denali National Park, Alaska, during the summer of 2009, and the joy I felt when the mountain appeared all day long. The “McKinley Trail” painting is nearing the finish line.
Gail Niebrugge, Denali artist