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.
I call this one “Through the Wall”. A Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 makes its way through the purpose made arch in the medieval town walls of Conway (nowadays called Conwy) in the early 1960s. To me, scenes like this capture the spirit of the dying days of the working national steam railway. Through the Wall 0 1 0 Published: April 28th 2021
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”.
When I was young and used to spend a lot of time on model railways, Triang-Hornby had a little tank engine, or a family of them “Nellie”, “Polly” and “Connie” as well as some numbered brothers such as “No.27”. They had a certain charm, but were as much toy as model really. This year is Hornby Railways’ hundredth birthday, so as my own little tribute, here is No.7178 re-imagined as a real locomotive.