Loading dock

Behind the scenes at the shrimp docks, there’s just as much to paint as on the water — trucks, dumpsters, coils of rope, and lots of machinery I can’t name. I look for shapes and colours first when selecting a scene, so you can probably understand why this yellow building with turquoise trim caught my eye.

It took two tries to be satisfied with my painting today. Some days that’s just the way it goes. There are times when I restart on site, but today I came home and did another one outside on the deck, with my first painting as a reference. The main problem with my first try was the foreground shadows were too dark. And since the foreground of this is a full 50% of the sheet, I had to use a lighter touch.

If you’re ever in this area, here’s something you might want to do. Walk to the back of the loading dock at Erickson & Jenson, look for the arrows and a sign that says “Buy Shrimp Here”, find the lady with a red t-shirt, and buy yourself a big bag of chemical-free shrimp to take home. Boiled or grilled or sautéed, it’s pretty amazing stuff.

11 Comments on “Loading dock”

  1. karim waked says:

    Magnifique Shari !

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  2. Maggie says:

    You are amazing. You find a painting in every corner and under every bush.


  3. TonyU says:

    Such perseverance and dedication even on holiday! Guess that’s what separates the greats from the also rans. Love the yellow building … and the balance of the foreground shadows too.


  4. Dean Mollon says:

    You are a constant inspiration. The road and walkways look perfect as if you just walk upon them kicking up their dust. Took a class of yours in Vancouver and been reading your blog long before and after. Thanks for all you do in teaching us.


  5. joantav says:

    I love how the shadows sort of zigzag into the painting!


  6. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning Shari,

    You are a Civil, Engineering, Medical, Social and an amazing Nature painter.
    An amazing work like your other works.
    No more words.


  7. Wonderful atmosphere in the sky and foreground.


  8. Heidi Simons says:

    I’m not a frequent comment writer, but I see almost all of your blogs, esp. the paintings. And these are so special… those ‘behind the…’ that you paint, or the machines, unusual places and things for paintings. We always expect the so called beautiful side, the frontside. You do both.
    I love that. And your style. The dry brush strokes… the one strokes, fiercly…. showing the experienced watercolourist. (that I am not (still not – but hope to become in my own way) )


  9. bookyeti says:

    I am enjoying these dock-side scenes – beautiful use of colours and dry brushing too. We have many smallish docks near the area I live in (eastcoast of Nova Scotia). Thanks for the encouragement to get out there and sketch such lively, interesting spots.


  10. Donna says:

    Amazing as usual. The turquoise was the draw! Enjoy the shrimp!!! Must be really good


  11. Nice painting, I never think to paint industrial areas!


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