At this stage of the Mendenhall Glaceir painting I’m adding dark values to the foreground foliage, and loosely defining wildflowers. This is an exercise in developing darks and lights, and making sure that there is enough contrast to define each shape. So, I am occasionally modifying the values of the dots behind the flower shapes. Again, my dots are not round, they are random shapes applied quickly and with vigor. The foreground foliage color is vibrant and has darker darks and lighter lights than the colors of the foliage in the distance. Strictly adhering to this principle will create the illusion of depth in the painting.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska wildflower paintings