Starting a New Painting “Teklanika Bears”

I’ve had a gesso prepared masonite panel stored in my studio since 1976 when I arrived in Alaska.  Bob carefully built more than 20 of these panels when we lived in California to take to Alaska.  The original plan was to paint all summer, go back home and have an “Alaska” show.  Well…..we never went back, Alaska captured our hearts and we’ve been here ever since.  All of the panels became paintings except this one, it was stored away and forgotten.  About four years ago I unearthed the old forgotten panel and sketched an elaborate drawing based on a trip to Denali National Park when we stayed at the Teklanika campground.  The concept came from an experience that happened several evenings when a couple of Grizzly Bears ambled down the Teklanika River toward the campground and walked right through.  We climbed on top of the truck and camper to watch.  It was an awesome experience!  After I finished the drawing I set it aside and pretty much forgot about it, occasionally I’d retrieve it to demonstrate to visitors how a painting begins.  For some reason, a month ago, I finally decided to finish the painting.  Here is the beginning depicting two bears ambling down the braided riverbed in fabulous evening light. I started out using the technique pointillism but soon gave up, the detail in the mountains was too difficult to paint with dots.  More tomorrow.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska landscape painter

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