Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fireworks Tent

I drove around town for several days with the goal of finding Orlando's biggest Fireworks Tent. I finally decided this tent on Orange Blossom Trail and Colonial Drive is the biggest. The tent is right on the railroad tracks which probably makes the shipping of massive amounts of explosives easy. To see the whole tent I had to walk to the far side of a very busy intersection.
Very dark clouds started looming to the north and I started to smell ozone in the air. I was close to finishing the sketch, but realized I didn't have any light blue in order to paint the sky. Since Sam Flax Art Store was only a few blocks away, I hopped back in my truck and ran over to get some more paint. When I got back on site, the cloud cover had thickened and I knew I only had a few minutes to paint in some clouds. When I was done and heading home the first drops hit the windshield. Interestingly the storm chased me the whole way home. In front of me I always saw the sun but if I looked in the rear view mirror, steely blue clouds stretched back to the horizon. If I had to stop for a stoplight the rain would overtake me, but when I drove forward I would slip back into the light. Have a great 4th of July.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at


Maria said...

Love your line and colours work!

(I've see you on USk)

Thor said...

Thank you Maria.