Saturday, April 13, 2013

Trains!

Our paint-out location was at Travel Town, a really neat railroad museum.  It's in a corner of Griffith Park in Los Angeles.  I painted in Griffith Park with the group a year ago at the Griffith Observatory.  My painting is here in my post "Space!".  
Travel Town was dedicated in 1952.  With its 17 full-scale, steam locomotives, and lots of other railroad cars and rolling stock, it's a "must" for kids and enthusiasts.  

It's also a terrific place for plein air painters.  The last time I remember being at Travel Town was for a perspective class, many years ago.  I can still remember my nerves at trying to accurately draw these huge engines in perspective.  At this scale, I'm much more comfortable with indicating the scene rather than duplicating it.  A really gorgeous "train house" has been added since I was there years ago.  I wanted to include at least some of it in my watercolor.  This engine I painted is a diesel switcher, designed for switching freight cars from track to track around railroad yards.  There are so many things to see at Travel Town as well as future painting opportunities.       

8x10" watercolor

 





  

12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place to paint. You gave this painting atmosphere. Good job

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    1. Hi Polly! Thank you for such a nice comment!

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  2. I love this painting, Sherry. The red train against those green trees is brilliant - I can just imaging in disappearing down the track.

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    1. Thank you Vandy! It was a really pretty day for painting there

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  3. Seems like this would be a difficult subject - you did a great job! The train and other touches of red really unite the painting.

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    1. Exactly right Terry! I was looking forward to, and also dreading this subject.

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  4. A great scene captured, looks like you had a great photo opportunity for future reference

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! It's such a neat place. I'm sure I'm still not so much of a painter of trains though.

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  5. That is such a beautiful painting!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting...I really appreciate it!

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  6. Your painting is gorgeous and you make me want to get out to paint too!

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    1. Thank you Celia! You definitely should go out and paint!

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