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.
My latest digital painting. Wrightwick Manor, Near Wolverhampton, England. Built in Tudor Revival style late in the 19th century by the industrialist and paint Magnate, Theodore Mander. Donated to the National Trust by his son Geoffrey in 1937 when the house was less than 50 years old, it now houses a renowned collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.
I just finished another (digital) painting project. A winter street scene this time, Queen’s Square, Wolverhampton in the esrly 20th century. I think this group of buildings, which still survive not all that much changed have a certain appeal. As usual, the onset of overly hot Perth summer measure has turned my mind to snowy paintings, so I worked from a range of photographs of this group but transposed them into a wintery snow scene. As with many of my projects this one sort-of grew in terms of the level of detail and took far longer than I expected!
The Triang Princess was the first locomotive in their range, an existing model they purchased from Rovex that became the foundation of their entire range. It was first produced in British Railways unlined black with a pair of rather ‘distinctive’ LMS coaches. It would be soiled under a range of names and numbers from the end of the forties ’til the mid-seventies.
This set of drawings re-imagines these classic toys as real-world locomotives.
I have completed this set of drawings to represent all those liveries and also a couple of ‘neverwassas’, the sort of livery with which a modeller of the time might have adorned their model.