Something a bit different in the way of Railway art…
“Summer’s End”, inspired by a photograph of Paddington Station in 1912 or so, showing parents seeing their sons off at the end of summer holidays, for another term at suitably distinguished West Country Boarding Schools. The coaches are Great Western Toplight stock, painted in the short-lived coaching lake livery.
This was a bit of a ‘kill or cure’ project for me. I’ve always regarded painting figures as my weak point and tended to minimise them wherever possible. I decided if I tried this, I’d either become a touch more confident about them or decide to paint without any people in sight in future. In the event I’m fairly pleased with how they’ve turned out.
“Night Departure”, another railway painting, just finished. A Mid-30s night time scene at Paddington, showing and early member of the Star Class, No. 4007 “Rising Star”, leaving on a night passenger service. An exploration of dramatic contrast between light and dark and a locomotive portrait from an age when every journey had an air of occasion.
“Irish Mail at Conway” …or… Paul tries to be ‘Cuneoesque.’
A rebuilt Royal Scot hauls the Irish Mail Express past Conway Castle (I know we should say Conwy nowadays but it was Conway then) on a foggy dank wet day, just after a small downpour. I hope this one makes people smell the blend of damp air and coal smoke, it does for me. A time when trains were made up of proper coaches hauled by real locomotives, all in suitably sober liveries.
“On a Foggy Night” There are many miles closed railway lines, disused trackbeds and viaducts with the track lifted. But are they ever really closed… who’s to say what might still run along them on a damp foggy night when there’s nobody there to see?
It’s Finished, another locomotive portrait and another one with a GWR theme. “Coming off Shed” – A scene from the late 1930s with Cookham Manor, a GWR Manor Class 4-6-0 leaving shed ready for a day’s service.