I have a plan. / Port Authority Norfolk



A couple days ago I bought some supplies at Jerry’s Artarama. They had a sign about putting your art in the store window, so I asked about it. They want to hide the back of the display racks facing out the windows, so they are making canvases in the sizes to fit the windows. You buy an odd size canvas from them, but they will put the painting in the window and not ask any commission if someone wants to buy it. I decided to give it a try. An artist has to take advantage of free space. I’m glad Jerry’s Artarama is doing it.

So I got this 19 x 38 canvas, and thought it might be fun to use it for a panoramic scene. The place that came to mind was the view from the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk. It’s the Port Authority all the way across the Elizabeth River.

Imagine the canvas covered by sky and river with a thin strip of land breaking it up far away. The strip of land has rigs they use to load and unload ships. They’re moving giant  ships in and out every day and they have huge stacks of cargo containers too. I’ll have to paint the rigs small because they’re far away, but they’re quite large constructions.  I might use my secret masking fluid on oil paint technique for this.

That’a my charcoal sketch taped to the canvas. Since I sketched it in plein air and it wasn’t too difficult to get my drawing close to natural visual perspective, I’m pretty sure I can make it work when I paint it.

We’ve had a few cloudy rainy days which is boring for your plein air artist because there’s no shadows. I have 2 other paintings planned, but it’s good for me to go out and sketch even if it is cloudy and chilly. They are predicting more of the same dreary weather for a couple days. As soon as the sun comes out I’m going to work on my painting at Pleasure House Point. I don’t care how cold it is or if it’s windy. I’m going out to paint.

When I was at the Hermitage doing this sketch it was kind of gray blue over there in the sky and water. It makes me feel like tinting this canvas with a peachy color because that’s the complimentary color of the cold steel gray I saw out there today. Won’t that be funny to paint this scene on a peach tinted canvas? Wouldn’t it be great if I could get the bright winter sunset colors in the sky and water? Maybe I could let some of the peach tint show through. I don’t know, it’s just an idea at this point.

It might take me a few weeks to finish this, because I’m going to wait for a real pretty winter sky after I get my land and rigs roughed in on the peach color.

6 thoughts on “I have a plan. / Port Authority Norfolk”

  1. I have done the “tint the canvas a peachy color” (although mine was a bit redder than peach) and then glazed over it with smoky blue and white. It worked out perfectly. Too bad WP doesn’t let commenters post photos, but if you’re interested it “should” (HAH!) pop up here:

    The effect is most noticeable right above the horizon line.


    1. I clicked over to see your painting. Looks GREAT! And I like the subject matter too since I’m from PA and saw a lot of horse and buggies back in Ephrata. I haven’t tried my sunset on the peachy tint yet, but I’ll do it next week.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. A lot of times I’ll put a wash on the canvas that is the color complement of whatever is going over it. That’s why the “red” under the blue sky was more red-orange than peach. You’d think that the complements would gray each other out, but with glazes they don’t do that so much. Have fun playing with this!


      2. yeah, that’s one nice thing about glazes, they don’t kill brightness when you use complimentary colors. Yours came out good. I’m trying to work it out in my mind how to do it on a sky. Guess I’ll just have to wing it, cause the sky changes too fast.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s