At this stage I’m working to establish mid-values in dots throughout the entire canvas on the new Mendenhall Glacier painting. Since the glacier will be mostly light colored values, I’ve left it blank for the moment. Painting with dots can get confusing at this point, so many random strokes are covering up the loose sketch underneath that I’m really re-creating the image from my memory and intuition. The highlights and darks will be painted near the end. And detail will be left until the very LAST. Most students start with the detail first and then can’t figure out why the painting doesn’t flow and looks so stiff and tight. Forget the detail at this point, establish the values and the color patterns, and most importantly make sure the composition works.
Gail Niebrugge, pointillism painter