A day off work today, partially spent in finishing off the locomotive portrait I’ve had on the go for the last couple of weeks. This is Ramsbottom’s London & North Western “Problem” Class, No 127 “Peel” seen later its life, though not yet fully rebuilt by Mr Webb (built 1862, scrapped 1905).
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.
“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.
“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!
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 newly completed painting from the days when rail travel was done in style. Technical information follows for those interested in such matters.
Five of Sir Nigel Gresley’s finest, in steam and poised for High Speed action, seen here in the full glory of their pre-war condition London and North Eastern Railway condition. For the eagle eyed amongst you, one of these is not an A4…
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.