Original drawing by artist Gail Niebrugge
Original drawing “The Office; Kennicott”
ink/watercolor 12″ x 16″ on rag board, matted and framed under glass SOLD
Back to the series on Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge’s early days living and painting the Wrangell-St. Elias. One of the artists favorite buildings at historic Kennicott Copper Mine in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the small log building that served as the managers office. It is a simple little structure, dwarfed by the surrounding mill buildings, but charming in its own way. It is especially attractive when fireweed are in bloom, a great patch of the wildflower extends from the side yard down the cut bank and adds a nice touch of color to the building when viewed from below. The artist enhanced this pen and ink drawing with watercolor and while it was still wet and sprinkled it with table salt. The individual specks of salt absorbed the pigment and created a pattern of random white dots, sort of a forerunner to the technique of pointillism, a style that Niebrugge developed several years later.