Finally, I got this one finished in time for the Art Festival that begins tomorrow. This painting marks one of my most sublime moments in plein air painting. I traveled to Fort Worth on a Friday afternoon to paint this train that was arriving that day. On the following morning, rising at 6:00, I returned to the location and did this painting (started it, anyway). The wheels and detailing I completed in my studio this evening, using photos I had taken of the locomotive. I am now making 5 x 7″ greeting cards of it with an explanatory text on the back.
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I have a three-day art festival beginning tomorrow (Friday) at Art in the Park Festival in Kennedale, Texas. This afternoon, I have been a juggler with too many balls in the air. Sixty-four postcards were mailed, and email strand was sent, and announcement was made to stuff over two hundred teacher mailboxes in the morning, I finished this small composition and a companion piece involving a GATX freight train in the same location. I’m nearly finished with the Union Pacific #844 that I began a week ago. I have printed several dozen 5 x 7″ greeting cards with my watercolors on the cover, Oh yes, and I taught three different subjects today at school. Hopefully tomorrow will be calmer after the festival gets underway (but first I have to teach three more classes, then dash to the park and set up my 10 x 10′ booth. My wonderful wife will assist me in that, as she has also in a myriad of other details related to this festival. How fortunate to have someone that committed to this enterprise.
Here is a southbound Union Pacific freight in Burleson, Texas that I began last month. I recall, with amusement, that I had set up alongside a dual set of tracks, working on the structure in the distance, when I heard the whistle of the distant freight and scurried to get out my digital camera. Thinking the train was on the far set of tracks, I stepped close to the tracks nearest me, and zoomed in on this freight and took the picture, so I could paint it in my studio later. When I lowered the camera, I realized that the train was on the tracks right in front of me, and was highballing in my direction, closing the distance fast! Stupid!