Now the colors in the painting have all been roughly blocked in. Rough, very rough, but now I can see where I’m going. I chose colors for the figures that would compliment the colors in the landscape. My next move will be to define more carefully the shapes of the snow on the trees, and the clothing on the figures. Then I will begin adding pointillism on the foreground and in the sky. This painting is a lot of fun and very nostalgic. I used reference material from my previous yard in Palmer, Alaska, and skaters in the wilderness on the Chitina River many years ago. Searching through my files of reference material before I begin a painting really brings back memories.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist