Bay Scape / oil

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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.

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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)

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    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.

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  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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