“East Fork Wolf” 15″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas.
A little more work refining the background mountains, adding more light and shadow, touching up the highlights on the water, toning down the middle ridge on the left and punching up the foreground with some dark hues, when I stepped back to take a look from a distance I couldn’t see much else left to do. I’m resisting the urge to add a gazillion details to the foreground, let the colors and values tell the story, keep it loose I tell myself. I’ll let it sit for a few days and view it upside down awhile, but I’m thinking it is done! The composition seems to flow now, the diagonal line of the river from bottom right to the ridge is broken by light and dark values, and your eye is carried back into the painting with the highlights on the distant mountains and the light and dark values in the clouds, then back to the light values in the water. Visual manipulation, trickery!
Gail Niebrugge, Denali Alaska Artist