Redington School Commission

The beginning of a 4 panel (32′) commission for the new Redington school under the Alaska Per Cent for Art in new schools program. Panels 2 & 3.

Redington % For Art #1

I’m finally getting started on the commission for the new Redington Jr/Sr High School. This is the first of four 4’x8′ panels that will connect, creating a 4’x32′ long painting of Fireweed up-close. I can’t wait to get started, this will be a fun project to paint. I will post my progress from time to […]

Buy “Cabbage” Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge

“Cabbage” Acrylic on canvas 18″ x 24″ For price and availability call Niebrugge Studio After a little more work blending and smoothing the paint I was satisfied that the painting, “Cabbage”, was finished.  The biggest change took place in the dark background, It was a purple/blue and I made it a deep, deep green.  This […]

Phase Three of “Cabbage” Painting by Gail Niebrugge

At this stage of the painting I’ve added color to the veins in the cabbage leaves and some detail in the leaves in the full sun.  Everything is still in a very rough stage, I’m still establishing the patterns of light and shadow and will not define the details until the very end.

Phase Two of “Cabbage” Painting by Gail Niebrugge

At this phase I began adding shades of lavender to the center leaves of the cabbage.  I like the contrast in the complimentary colors of green and lavender.

Begin “Cabbage” Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge

Here is the start of a smaller canvas, 18″ x 24″, depicting a close-up view of a cabbage from my summer vegetable garden.  I was attracted to this plant one sunny day by the interesting patterns of light and shadow through the veined leaves.  This will not be painted in pointillism, a technique I’ve used […]

New Sunflower Painting in Pointillism [Sunflowerpainting1]

First I lightly sketch the subject onto a canvas using a pencil, after that I flung paint all over the original sketch from several large brushes and created a random splattering of various colors. When the splatters and drips dried I applied acrylic paint as a transparent wash to fill in large areas with pale […]

The Mc Kinley Trail Painting Rests

I’m ready to let this painting rest for awhile, it might be finished, it might not.  I’ve been too close to it for too many days to be objective anymore.  This is the point where propping it up inside a studio mat and sitting it on the easel for a few days serves as a […]

Foreground in Pointillism

After a little touching up to the mid ground I’ve started adding pointillism (many small colorful dots) to develop the moss and grasses in the foreground.  One of the interesting aspects of this part of the Mc Kinley Bar Trail is the orange/red/gold mossy covering on the ground near the water.  Combined with the green […]

Details on Upper Half of Painting

I don’t usually go into detail at this stage of the painting, the bottom half remains untouched but for the under painted watercolor wash.  But something tells me that I won’t have a whole lot to do on the bottom half, it has a nice feel already, I’ll just pull it together with some darks, […]

Painting Dark Shapes

The sky and distant mountains are not finished, but their values are well enough established that I can move into the middle ground and plant trees.  I’ve defined the light and dark shapes of the middle ground but the foreground grasses have not been touched.  They remain as the original under painting at this stage.  […]

Applying Dots of Acrylic over the Gel Coat

I had forgotten how much fun it is to paint over the watercolor wash coated with acrylic gel, using acrylic paint in dots!  I love it and wonder why I quit.  The photo of the early phase of the painting “McKinley Trail” above shows that I’ve begun to fill in the sky using gradation from […]

Coating the Surface With Acrylic Gel

This is the part that separates my painting technique from a pure watercolor.  I carefully coat the under painted watercolor with a layer of acrylic gel.  If I use too much water in the gel it will smudge the under paint, it takes just the right amount of gel/water to work.  I don’t mind if […]

Laying Down the Watercolor Wash

Close ups of the wild abandon I use when applying the under painting of watercolor. I show very little regard to the drawing underneath at this stage.  Salt has been sprinkled onto the wet surface to create the snow flake look, and paint is splattered on the surface. The finished under paint for the new […]

The Start of Another New Painting

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 […]

Redo East Fork Wolf Painting Finished

The wolf is too visible in the Redo stage 4, my last post.  I want him to blend into the landscape like a shadow, camouflaged the way they actually appear in nature.  So I repainted the water behind the wolf figure, darkening it with lots of small dots until the animal blended into the landscape, […]

ReDo Stage 4 East Fork Wolf Painting

. Here is the re-worked painting with the new wolf image.  The mountains and sky have been grayed back, the water behind the wolf lightened to silhouette the animal.  I’m going to wait a few days and digest these changes before I declare the painting finished.  I’ll turn it upside down and evaluate how the […]

ReDo Stage 3 East Fork Wolf Painting

After painting a lot of dots in the background, I concentrated on painting the new wolf image.  At this point I am fairly satisfied, but decided that I needed to tone down and grey back the distant mountains and the sky.  So I spent most of the day refining the entire painting so that it […]

ReDo Stage 2 East Fork Wolf Painting

After searching through my “Wolf” files I selected another photo to use.  I’ve been photographing the wolves of Denali National Park for more than a decade and have lots of good reference material from which to choose.  Next, I sketched the outline of the new wolf on the white painted spot and began to add […]

ReDo Stage 1 East Fork Wolf Painting

I’ve been looking at this “finished” painting for a few weeks, now that the hectic holidays are over and the stress level is lowered, and I realize that I’m not satisfied.  I’ve decided to take out the little wolf and paint a larger one.  The wolf is too small for the landscape, and I really […]

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