The title of this painting is “4116” just one of the many RS’s from Alco Locomotive Works in the fleet of regular service for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. I’ve always loved these engines taking pictures from the early 70’s throughout NJ, Pa, NY, Mexico, and New England in whatever paint scheme they would display. The picture that served as the subject was taken by Tony, my husband, and is part of his vast collection as a former employee and admirer of the railroad. I am fortunate to have use of it for my painting but still rely on detailed photos from friends who are authors of D & H books.
Trains are very difficult to paint. The “devil is in the details” every step of the way. It is decidedly more perplexing to know how many parts of an engine, wheel set, hose assembly, or venting should be added than any subject I have ever painted. I started this painting over two years ago and shelved it. After our model railroad open house in October, I decided it was time to give it one more try. I was still plagued by the complexity of the features of the engine. I took new photos from the original projected slide and went to work using my Photoshop program to enlarge it so as to clarify what was hiding in the shadows of the original. In the painting, I chose only the most obvious and hinted by shadow some of the others. What I found most curious was that in adding these details, my painting became more an extension of the rail enthusiast that I have become over the years. I reflected on the location, Greenwich, NY and remembered many cherished visits, some 40 years ago, from riding the Battenkill RR with my late husband, to walking through nearby rail yards to take photos for future work this past fall. I’d spent so many hours involved in the development of the painting, It had to be finished! After some 40 hours of work, this is the result. There still may be a few “tweaks” but I’m happy with how it feels.
For 2017 I have set a goal for myself to paint only railroad themed subjects as a series. I’ve collected a vast array of photos, books, slides, and a Fogg pictoral for influence. I will try to use all those hard learned lessons from my many watercolor instructors to improve the quality of my painting. Being told to “paint what you know” and paint every day will be my challenge as I start a new year. Enthusiastically, I look towards painting the next engine, switch stand, crane,or station.
When not designing floral arrangements or working with my watercolors, the hands and the creative nature within me still presses to try more, do more. I have never lost the desire to use unusual materials at hand to make eclectic objects that shine, float in the breeze, or perhaps “ting”. My love for everything “earthy” continues. Given the abundance of driftwood on our property along the Mohawk, I’ve come to rely on it for additions to plants, gardens, and arrangements. I’ve dabbled in jewelry making, silversmithing, and pottery so supplies are abundant in my studio. But this time, the 70’s flower child emerged with restored passion. Here are just a few of the new items available at Waterford Harbor Farmers Market this weekend!
As summer gets underway, so too does the Waterford Harbor Farmers Market https://waterfordmarket.org/. It has been with great joy that I both selling art and teaching at this lovely market for many years. This quiet and quite reflective location is a place that Mary Harney maryshealinghands.com and I refer to as Karma Corner, is a place to stop, get a massage, discuss art and spirituality, or just relax at the picnic table sipping a cup of our Harbor Joe. We welcome your patronage!
We are fortunate to have such lovely views of water, boats, architecture, and wildlife especially our pair of bald eagles flying overhead most every weekend! Our unique little market provides interesting offerings such as wine, pastries, fresh produce, meat, eggs, honey, and local crafts. Choice of subjects for paintings are endless with this amazing representation.
This will be my third season of offering classes on various painting topics. This year, my first course entitled Basics of Watercolor, will be offered on July 3 at 10 am. Each course will deal with specific drawing and painting subjects, condensed so that many topics can be explored. This is designed with the beginner in mind. Course cost is $10 and all materials are included. Course 1 will be on the proper use of brushes, types of paper to use in painting, how to mix paint & types available to the novice, & creating a value scale. A small painting will be undertaken by each student. Instruction is about 1hr 15min but students may stay and paint as long as they wish. This is an enjoyable time for all!
Class size is limited so please contact me to hold a place. Additional information can be obtained by calling 237-1607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Two spaces remain!