Lately I’ve been painting on canvas, and enjoying the springy texture of the stretched fabric. But, I ran across a series of work I did a few years ago using an under painting of watercolor on heavy rag paper and I immediately yearned to paint with that method again. So, using reference material from my Artist in Residence at Denali National Park in 2009, I sketched a scene that I found during a hike on the McKinley Bar trail on watercolor paper.
I’m using a nice heavy toothed 300# rag from my drawer of papers, I have no idea what kind it is, it was purchased so many years ago. My flat files are loaded with assorted papers and rag boards and I usually select something spontaneously, based on my mood at the moment. Nothing scientific here. I’m really not hung up on a special paper or way to paint, other than it usually ends up in pointillism no matter what I do. It just happens.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska painter