“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 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.
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!
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.