“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“Two Kings in Waiting”… or express travel how it used to be. Two ex Great Western Railway ‘King’ Class locomotives await their departure fro Paddington station around about 1960, give or take a couple of years. The nearer one is ‘King Richard III’ the further’s identity remains unknown.
I was tring for a more impressionistic style with this painting, and I’m not sure that comes across in the finished work, though I’m quite pleased with it. There is substantially less detail here than I’ve sometimes done in the past – there must be, it was completed much more quickly, but I’m not sure that the difference isall that noticeable. There might be a message in that!