At this point in the Mendenhall glacier painting you might think that I’m beginning to “loose it”, because I’ve obliterated the three dimensional look of the foliage in the foreground. This is a step many new painters would not have the courage to take. But I’ve layered many, many dots in the foliage using the mid range of values to give a rich, wonderful base of colors and textures. The highlights and the shadows will be added last, and the painting will finally come together. I’m also toying with another idea. Since so many birds are nesting in this area, I’m really thinking about adding the figure a small bird to the foreground. The tiny bird will be almost invisible, but will lend truth and reality to this scene.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska glacier paintings