Every time I think I have finished this small watercolor sketch, I find something else to do to it. I began the work while sitting in my booth at Art in the Park last spring in Kennedale, Texas. My reference photo is a small 3 x 5″ photo I took with a throw-away digital camera purchased years ago before I bought my own Nikon. I had the privilege of sitting near the back of this train, and was able to photograph the front portion of it as it wended its way around the mountains between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. I still haven’t managed to capture the steam billowing out of the engine, and feel that I’m going to have to do some scrubbing with a towel or maybe even some sanding with light-gauge sand paper and begin again. I really want to show the steam. I’m also not satisfied with the misty trails in the distant valley to the right. I feel that it looks as though I just quit on the foliage. I believe the cliff face in front also needs additional work on the deep shadows, and there are some details with the yellow passenger cars that I forgot to finish out. Anyway–plenty more “playing around” left to do on this way. All the same, I wanted to post it on the blog, so here it is. Hopefully I’ll show it again when I get it where I want. It’s a small piece by the way, about 12 x 16″.
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