Electric irons and TVs

Waiting for the torch. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Waiting for the torch. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Managed to get a lot done to this one today.  Not quite finished, but close.  Was worried about painting the wheels, they’re a very complex shape; think I got them just about right, but can see at least one correction that needs to be made on the rearmost one.  There are a few other tweaks I need to make, and obviously a couple of areas that I haven’t attacked at all yet.  After that it will be a matter of throwing in the occasional highlight here and there, and that should do it…

Dislocation of expectation

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Something for a change of direction.  This is from a photo by David Shepherd (he’s a bit of a dab hand at painting steam engines).  Going to be interesting trying to get all those cylinders and circles drawn properly, I suspect the wheels might be the most difficult part…

A metropolitan marathon

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Well I think this is much improved after some work today. Worked on the drawing to put right a few errors (there are probably still more to catch), reworked the rails and the ground around them with a mix of different greys, and perhaps most importantly re-attacked the green of the locomotive. Not that anyone will be interested, I shouldn’t think, but I used ‘chrome green deep hue’. No idea why that one was in my box of paints, but glad it was there – seems a better match than what I had used before.

One remaining problem I can definitely see with the composition is the tangent between the brickwork of the engine shed and the locomotive’s chimney – should have corrected that at the outset; I suppose I could fix it now, but I’m too lazy…  And if only photographing paintings was easier! You’d think it would be simple to get a square-on view for a photo, but apparently not. And avoiding glare from wet paint is difficult too (poor me!)

So – do I add some smoke and steam, or leave it as it is?

A bowl of rice a day

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 30 x 40 cm.

A little more progress today. I think the drawing is just about there, but am unsure of the colours (the green of the locomotive especially). One of the problems with working from a monochrome photo…

This one probably needs to sit for a while now to dry a little, as I need to add steam and smoke to give it some atmosphere.