Experimenting with Darker Values in the Mendenhall Painting


At this stage in the Mendenhall Glacier painting, I’ve darkened the water and I like how it looks. I’ll deal with the lost lupine later. I also darkened the ridge on the upper left behind the glacier. I’m not sure if I’m satisfied with this yet, it seems to need a lot more work. I may lighten it half way between the way it is now and the way it was before. Not sure yet. Before I do any more changes to that ridge, I need to deal with the sun-lit rocks that come down to the mid point of the glacier, they don’t look believable right now. I also need to begin adding all the many values to the foreground. Once that is done I’ll re-evaluate the dark ridge. It might work, it might not. This is the fun part of the painting. Figuring out how to make the painting “pop”. And, of course, it is all still being done in pointillism but the dots are getting smaller, and smaller now.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge

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