Showing posts with label trains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trains. Show all posts

Friday, March 09, 2018

Old Depot

A deserted, abandoned train depot of the past sits quietly, and crumbling and no longer serves the public.
Ink and watercolor
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wheatland High Rise

Wheatland is a small town in the Sacramento valley near where we live. This beautiful old high rise structure looks like a once-busy processing facility near the railroad tracks that run through the town. What it processed I do not know. The rusting sheet metal enhances the beauty of this building which is still being used by somebody. The birds love it and only the trains that roar by break the silence. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

At The Bend

A freight train slowly approaches a curve ahead as it moves into the open farm lands somewhere in the USA. Reflective puddles of water are a reminder that a storm passed through the area during the night. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When They Used Cabooses

Recently, I did this railroad scene showing the once-familiar caboose at the end of a steam powered freight train. I am thinking many of you may never have heard of a caboose. But I do remember them and I always thought how great it would have been to work and ride in one. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Auburn Train Depot-Westbound

When train travel was roaring, this railroad depot was very active in upper Auburn. Now the trains do not stop here. This building is the home of the town’s Chamber of Commerce. Growing up in Auburn, I remember how exciting this area was. Passenger trains stopped, people meandered and baggage was hoisted on and off the trains. Then the trains would leave—heading towards San Francisco. Now it is quiet but fond memories remain.
 Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Old Railroad Utility Shack

Once upon a time the railroads had utility shacks along the rails. You may still see them. This one is unique and I have never seen one like this. It looks very sturdy, sports an aging color of blue and may have been a base for workers who were instrumental in keeping the rails intact and the trains moving during the days of steam. Who knows, maybe this was a temporary “overnight home” for some lucky railroad employees also. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Amtrak Depot In Davis

The beautiful old railroad depot in Davis, California, is a treat to visit. Updated and well-kept, this depot is very busy and is a stopping point for Amtrak passenger and Capitol Corridor commuter trains. The city of Davis is the home of an acclaimed University and students use bicycles as their choice to get around. Bicycle racks are common at this depot. The area is quiet one minute, then busy with passengers the next, then a freight train will rumble past. I have spent hours sitting around watching people and trains. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Old Santa Fe Station

An old passenger train leaves a small Santa Fe station in the late afternoon. This image was during a time when railroad travel was big. The train is just departing the old station in a quiet town somewhere in the southwest USA. A few people remain as they watch their friends scoot away to their destinations. The guy in the sombrero is sitting there just because he likes to see trains come and go. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Crew Change

This was painted several years ago from a photo showing a crew change on an old passenger train somewhere in the USA. I barely remember the trains stopping in my home town many, many years ago. I always wanted to jump on board and just travel. To me, there is an aura of mystery around a train that will soon be hundreds of miles away by days end. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Middle America

This is an ink and watercolor of idle people at the tracks in a small town somewhere in the middle of the USA. Maybe there is not much to do in the middle of winter in a small town on a dark, cold day. But these locals have decided to spend their time chatting at the tracks. 16" x 20"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Amtrak At Sunrise

An Amtrak passenger is racing out of the sunrise as it heads west on a cross country haul. Train travel is still very magical to me. If you have time, travel by train. You will find it is so much fun and very relaxing. The views are generally spectacular while you let someone else do the driving. My painting is fictitious but I believe shows the magic of trains. The engine is narrower and taller than an actual Amtrak engine but I made it that way for impact as the train gets larger the closer it gets. The hint of color in the clouds reflects the rising sun. The ground areas show shadows along with brightness from the headlights and sun. Missing, is the noise and intensity of this huge train. I hope you enjoy my painting. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Country Arches

This high arched bridge spans a peaceful country valley. The trains passover on this bridge and break the silence of the country side. The structures, the greenery, the distant hills and the bridge together make this a pleasant view. To artists who think they need to be exact on everything, note how I have made the lines on the bridge very loose but the structure still looks real. So do not worry if all of your lines are not exactly straight or angles perfectly squared off. This painting is 8" x10", ink and watercolor.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Into The Dark Of Night

I painted this scene because I love trains and railroads and the excitement they bring. Here, a train heads out into the night on a long haul somewhere in the USA. This is my Midsummer Night dream. Watercolor.


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