A detail of the foreground foliage in the Kennicott original painting. It is time for me to tackle the foreground, here is how it looked at the beginning.
At this stage I added a lot of lighter colored leaves and extended the right branch up toward the dark crevice in the glacier. You can’t tell in this small detail, but this little change helped the entire composition flow better.
I continue to add leaves in many shades and hues, they are growing quite dense and some are too fat.
To thin out the leaves and make some of the branches narrower, I matched the background colors and placed randomly in the dense leaves to create negative space. The foreground foliage seems finished now.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaskan Artist