“A Foreigner Abroad”. A locomotive portrait in more of a freely painted style this time, somewhat ‘looser’ than is often my habit. This shows Ex-LMS Duchess “City of Bristol” off it’s home turf, having just passed under the Bishop’s Bridge Road bridge, having left Paddington with wat might be (despite the lack of a headboard) the Cornish Riviera Limited. She was on the Western Region in May 1955 to enable comparison of locomotive classes with wide fireboxes with the WR’s own ’Kings’. To that en
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). Image may contain: train, old and steam
"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.
"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 som
Image may contain: snow 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.
"Great Western at Honeybourne" My latest digital painting project, just finished on Boxing Day morning. This is inspired by Brian England's photograph which he posted in February last year, and show's GWR Castle Class No. 7007 "Great Western" on its way through Honeybourne station. Railway travel how it used to be...
I just finished the painting project that has been occupying me for a month or so. I call this "Northern Elegance", aFor those interested in such thingsnd it depicts a Great Northern Railway Stirling Single leaving York on an epress made up of GNR six-wheel coaches in Victorian times. A splendidly elegant locomitive leaving a splendid station. THis station, the second your station is still there and much as you see it here. One Stirling single still survives in the National Railway museum at Yor
This is a scene purely from imagination - the last service on a GWR branchline somewhere or other, a 58XX tank pulling two Dean era Clerestories past a typical GWR signal box. Lots of fun with contrasting lights - from the carriages, the loco, the signal cabin and a full moon. Digital painting makes this sort of thing rather quick and great fun to do, and I like the contrast of using modern technology to make rather traditional artworks.
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.
This painting is inspired by a photograph shared by Peter Blunn and is a view circa 1960 inside Oxley Motive Power Depot at Wolverhampton, and shows two ex-GWR locos in their latter days. The painting is executed in digital oils and I hope captures the real atmosphere of a steam locomotive depot.