Bay Scape / oil


Should I call this finished or should I paint a ship coming in? I have the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the painting. Should I add some pelicans on pilings? Maybe some happy little pelicans flying away in the sky? ย Or a guy wind surfing?

I tried three times on the sky till I finally got something I can live with. The first time I tried to make a blend of lighter blue on the horizon to slightly darker blue over head without using glazes. I tried to make my blend with thick paint, blending the values wet instead of letting it dry and going over it a few times with glazes to get my blend. That didn’t work. I think blends are difficult.

Then I tried to do the sky with dots like Pointillism. That didn’t work either. I want to try Pointillism but I’m not sure about the proper technique. I’ll try Pointillism on an easier subject some time soon.

So then I tried to do clouds with some blue sky showing through and that looks better. ย I used my Maroget medium and glazes on the sky. I like my clouds to look light and fluffy without hard edges. Now, how about that water? I don’t know, I might try again. I’m open to suggestions on it.

I took my painting supplies out to the beach at First Landing State Park a few times when it wasn’t too hot and not too crowded and mixed my colors there, but mainly painted it at home from sketches. Sand got on my painting but I got most of it off when the paint dried.

24 thoughts on “Bay Scape / oil”

    1. I appreciate your input. And thanks for the encouragement on the painting. I’m not really sure about it. I wish I knew more about pointillism. I looked it up but still don’t know how to do the color theory of it. (scientifically)


    1. Yes, it’s a challenge but it’s one of the best things I do for my health and progress as an artist. Lucky for me, the climate is mild here. Now I’m bored painting at home because plein air has got me spoiled.

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      1. My husband really prefers painting outside too. As we age, however, it becomes more difficult in inclement weather. I think once you do it though, you’re hooked.

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      2. It would be depressing to get too old to go out and paint. I’m saving my still life inspirations for my old age. My Mom’s 96! I doubt I’ll live that long, but I have a long time to paint in plein air if I don’t get shot or killed on the road. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I see a variety of ships out there. Sometimes a ship is anchored. If I have my sketchbook with me I’ll try to draw one. I think the navy ships are gray but the cargo ships have more colors.


  1. Gosh. Kindof thinking You seriously can’t go wrong!!! I’m so far behind in blogland that You may well have already changed it; but seriously. It’s beautiful and meditative and peaceful as is. Anything You do will make it just as lovely but different. The canvas is Your oyster!!! Rock on! ๐Ÿ™‚

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