Prototype for a New Greeting Card

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Palestine Christmas Express

Visions of the historic Texas & Pacific #610 cutting through the snow beneath a star-littered night sky should fill every soul with the warm sentiments of Christmas. This majestic 2-10-4 steam locomotive, created in 1927 by Lima Locomotive Works, pulled trains between Shreveport, Louisiana and El Paso, Texas until it was retired in 1950. In February and March 1976, it pulled the bicentennial “Freedom Train” across Texas. This magnificent locomotive today rests in a dark and quiet train shed in Palestine, Texas, but stories of its journeys live on in the American imagination.

As time draws nearer my November show of train watercolors, I am now making greeting cards of every new train painted this year. The above is my first draft of the most recent painting. I suppose I need to find another gear, because there are eleven other paintings needing texts for cards. We are planning to show the original paintings along with limited edition signed & numbered prints, postcards and greeting cards of the entire collection. To date, there are about twenty framed paintings selected for the show. I have started a new one this evening of the historic #300 that has been used in the excursion train that runs between Palestine and Rusk. The locomotive, one hundred years old this year, has been re-numbered as #30 and featured in one of my recent works. In prior years, as the #300, the engine featured bright red and yellow colors. I plan to contrast these beneath another starry night sky.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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6 Responses to “Prototype for a New Greeting Card”

  1. Dian Says:

    Stunning! Can’t wait to see all of these together!


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you! I have finally met the photographer Dave Schulz who designs the Redlands website and is now residing in the hotel for the next four months. We spent a big part of Sunday together, making plans for these images. He is putting the second card together as I am writing this to you now.


  3. Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution} Says:

    Gorgeous! I could see it blown up and hanging in a train lovers room.


  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Eileen. I am extremely proud of the way this one turned out. Unless I create a better one, this will be the centerpiece of my November 11th show.


  5. Kathy Tidwell Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad you mentioned it was the engine that pulled the Freedom Train. I had thought that it was. I took my three children to see the Freedom train come through Decatur, Tx in 1976. They are now 52, 50, and 45 years of age.


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