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.
Just finished a ‘digital oil painting’, using the Procreate app (no connection except as satisfied user) of a locomotive.
This is a London and North Western Railway Webb Compound, one of the “Dreadnought” 2-2-2-0´s, built between 1884-8 and scrapped 1903-05, No. 2063 “Huskisson”, a tribute by the LNWR to the politician killed by Stephenson’s Rocket at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. He had the sad distinction of being the first recorded railway fatality.
The locomotive is replenishing its water supply from water troughs between the rails.
Great Western Railway Manor “Lydham Manor” and Hall class locos travelling through the English West Country. This is an oil painting I did in 1997, with a little digital restoration to correct the way the colours had aged. I made a bad mistake at the time, using cold-pressed (instead of boiled) linseed oil as a medium. Lovely if you want to impart a golden brown colour to your work over time, but otherwise not a thing to repeat!
My latest digital artwork… GWR “Armstrong Class” 4-4-0 No.16 “Brunel” at Westborne Park in the middle 1890s, and just finished today with extra time on my hands due to the lockdown. This painting is a high resolution digital painting made using tablet and stylus. The better quality drawing apps can produce surprisingly good results and be amazingly like the natural media paintings that I’ve done for decades.