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!
Midland Railway ‘800 Class’ Kirtley 2-4-0 No.59, leaving St Pancras Station early in the 20th century. The ‘800’ class were built as express passenger locomotives in the 1870’s, but were still running on lesser passenger services into the 1920s. Though slightly rebuilt they remained elegant locomotives and examples of the care and attention that Edwardian times lavished on rolling stock and locomotives even when they were used on more mundane workaday services. Would that we could get that sort of care and pride back!
This is a digital oil painting executed in Procreate running on an iPd Pro. An interesting feature of the app is that it reports some basic statistics for each painting. In this case I’m told, slightly alarmingly, that the painting to a little over 45,000 brush strokes with the Apple Pencil and a little over 32 hours active painting time.
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.