This painting was inspired by an old black and white photo of a 1938 20th Century Limited train engine in Chicago. My assignment was to do something Art Deco inspired and my husband is a fan of these old “streamlined” engines of the 20’s and 30’s. This one will be auctioned this weekend at the Cambridge Arts Council’s fundraiser gala event. It was fun adding a bit of a tri-tone feel to a black and white image. This was also my first real painting done in acrylics. I actually really enjoyed it, I had to really work fast before the paint dried on my palette. I think I’m going to try the acrylics outdoors when it warms up a bit.
This one was by request from my husband. This old train is languishing in a field somewhere in Wisconsin. My reference photo was nearly black and white, so I really learned a lot with this one–looked up lots of photos of refurbed similar engines to get the colors. I imagine the colors of this particular engine are not this vibrant–maybe someday someone will take some interest in this old engine. It would be interesting to try working with old black and white photos and try painting them in color–I’ll have to add to my list of things to try.
The final Camrock Crossing painting, I saved the most difficult one for last. My reference photo seemed to need a lot of help. I did enjoy the warm colors of the water contrasting with the cool greens. Eventually the four paintings will be living in the new Cambridge Library set to open this spring.
The third in the Camrock Crossing series. Just getting the photos for these last two bridges was a challenge–the light never seemed to cooperate! I’m really starting to enjoy painting water, learned a lot from this series.