Starting a Pointillism Painting of Mendenhall Glacier

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Photo of a large canvas with a pencil sketch of a view of the Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska. I began by adding many different colored dots to the top of the canvas showing a section of the mountains above the ice field. At this point I think the colors of the distant mountains are too strong and don’t convey depth.

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At this stage I’ve grayed back the colors in the distant mountain, and added more dots to begin to define the ridge along the left side of the canvas. Because of my experience when visiting the Juneau glacier last summer, I’ve chosen to show only a section of the ice field and include more of the foreground. It is a very people friendly area, and trails abound all along the edge of Mendenhall lake. Views of the glacier change depending on the trail.  Wildflowers are abundant all along the trails, and many birds are nesting in the area.  A truly beautiful place.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska landscape painter

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