“A Foreigner Abroad”. A locomotive portrait in more of a freely painted style this time, somewhat ‘looser’ than is often my habit.
This shows Ex-LMS Duchess “City of Bristol” off it’s home turf, having just passed under the Bishop’s Bridge Road bridge, having left Paddington with wat might be (despite the lack of a headboard) the Cornish Riviera Limited. She was on the Western Region in May 1955 to enable comparison of locomotive classes with wide fireboxes with the WR’s own ’Kings’. To that end, the leading vehicle is the Western’s dynamometer car.
Inspired by a photograph recently published by the Didcot Railway Centre, and painted using the Procreate painting app and finished with Adobe Photoshop.
A day off work today, partially spent in finishing off the locomotive portrait I’ve had on the go for the last couple of weeks. This is Ramsbottom’s London & North Western “Problem” Class, No 127 “Peel” seen later its life, though not yet fully rebuilt by Mr Webb (built 1862, scrapped 1905).
My latst railway portrait. This one is inspired by one of Ivo Peters’ photographs and show ex-GWR Castle, Hall and County classes awaiting their next turn of duty with a Standard 2mt tank in the distance – “Somewhere in England in the late 1950s”, or to be precise, Ivo’s original photograph was taken at Bristol Bath Road shed on the 16th of August 1959, though I’ve tried to capture more spirit than precise detail.
I’ve been moved to paint this by the present situation in the Ukraine. Who knows whether this building still stands, but it’s St Andrew’s church in Kyiv, a building which fairly embodies the national colours of a country which is in all our thoughts at the moment.
“A Lady in Waiting” Time for another Locomotive portrait, I decided. Thiis one was done digitally again, but finished in a mixed media style – pencil, chalk and watercolour wash. This depicts one of the Great Western Railway’s Dean SIngles No. 3035, “Beaufort” waiting on shed in all splendour of her late Victorian livery.
“Golden Days – Leaving Cornwall” My latest painting, the Royal Albert Bridge in the 1890s. A combination of Railway and Landscape art. A change from my usual locomotive portraits – but railway art none the less. An express leaving Cornwall in the 1890s.