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!
My latest painting project. I’ve just completed two versions of this, this being the second one, done for my own pleasure. This is a 1930s scene on an (imaginary) branchline on the Great Western Railway of England. The locomotive is one of their 41XX Large Prairie Tanks, shown at rest on a late spring afternoon at a branch line locomotive shed modelled loosely on that at Tetbury.
A Great Western (UK) Atlantic, in full Edwardian livery, inspired by a vintage photograph. I’ve finished her as No.191 “Atlantic”, one of the proposed identities for No.2999 Lady of Quality, the new build ‘Saint’ class, in the event she’s run as an Atlantic.
I used a slightly different technique this time – it’s sort of digital multimedia, a pencil draweing tinted with watercolours and highlights done in pastel.
Just finished my latest (digital) painting – “Elizabethan Express”.
The Elizabethan Express leaves Kings Cross for Edinburgh in 1954, hauled by Gresley’s A4 Class Pacific, British Railways No. 60017 ‘Silver Fox’, one of the original 4 A4s built for the SilverJubilee service in 1935.
This painting was inspired by a still taken from the 1954 British Transport Commission short film “Elizabethan Express”.
Just finished this painting. It is my attempt at a looser, more impressionist style city scene. This is Moir’s (later T&G) chambers on the corner of St George’s Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth, Western Australia, as it looked in the 1950’s.
Sadly, a building which was regarded as one of the finest in Perth was demolished in 1960, in the face of much protest, to make way for another unappealing concrete office block.
I had a lot of fun doing this and think I managed to stay true to my idea of painting with less precise detail.