Underpainting the Canvas before Pointillism


After enlarging the thumbnail sketch of Sandhill Cranes onto a 48″ x 60″ canvas I begin to quickly slap colorful acrylic paint on to the heavy fabric with big, wide brushes.  This wild, abstract application of brilliant hues and tints will serve as an underpainting and base for the thousands of small acrylic dots to follow.  A canvas this large will take many months to paint in pointillism.

Gail Niebrugge, pointillism artist

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