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danreed
11-30-2009, 05:15 PM
The original thread is here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=595308)


Its a late afternoon in October and the driver of this '32 Ford is attempting to beat the Nickel Plate Road's Berkshire Type steam locomotive through the railroad crossing.

Hi everyone - Here's my latest painting: "I Can Make It!", Acrylic on canvas, 24x36 inches.

Dan

AndyMcC
11-30-2009, 05:24 PM
Beautiful painting :)

Georgi
11-30-2009, 05:31 PM
Wow! Brilliant! :clap: :clap:

Cheers,
Georgi :cat:

noodle1
11-30-2009, 06:46 PM
This is beyond grand, and you get right into the feel, the anticipation, the height of moment. You did a spectacular piece, bravo!!!

Elaine

gaykir
11-30-2009, 06:53 PM
Really nice painting but is scares the heck out of me!!! I've seen too many fools try that.

Aartvark
11-30-2009, 07:51 PM
Whoa! Great sense of drama and movement. I think I was holding my breath the whole time I was viewing the painting. Wonderful work!

Raymo
11-30-2009, 07:53 PM
Love it !

(he's toast)

OkeeKat
11-30-2009, 08:15 PM
Wonderful!!
Love it too!! I wanna know if he made it or not??!!!
Yup weighing the distance both have to go and speed, Think Ray is right!
I just love the sharp clean lines and details in this, Your artwork is awesome Dan!! :clap:

danreed
11-30-2009, 09:28 PM
Ha,ha................... you guys are too funny. Thanks for the kind words regarding the painting, but I really enjoyed some of the comments and speculation on who makes it through the crossing first -- Or should I say alive.

I'll give you my intent - In reality, the '32 Ford is probably going twice the speed of the freight train. So................. I envision the hot-rod squeaks by and may clip the descending crossing gate. However, He makes it home for Mom's meatloaf.

Dan

Lulu
11-30-2009, 11:06 PM
Really nice painting but is scares the heck out of me!!! I've seen too many fools try that.

Ditto, and they didn't win.

susme48
12-01-2009, 04:07 AM
This is really great...the motion and all is truly a treat!! Have to admit to it giving me chills tho'!!

arl
12-01-2009, 04:43 AM
Wonderful capture of movement.

chaffee
12-01-2009, 08:10 AM
Great painting, Dan!
A sequel, (or two), would make a fine project.
Looks to me, though, that this guy's gonna buy the farm.

Tim

cadub
12-01-2009, 08:18 AM
Excellent job!

LavenderFrost
12-01-2009, 10:06 AM
I always enjoy seeing your paintings, and I'm glad you say he'll make it!

Katwyld
12-01-2009, 10:21 AM
Whoa, the movement in this one is great! Yeah, I held my breath too.. so nicely done!

RichDFischer
12-01-2009, 11:53 AM
Superb! Well done!

Linee
12-01-2009, 12:24 PM
Really nice painting but is scares the heck out of me!!! I've seen too many fools try that.

Love the painting, but have the same sentiment as Gayle.

wdame
12-01-2009, 01:11 PM
Simply brilliant!!!

IanArt
12-01-2009, 01:59 PM
This is awesome!!

Great work!

Ian

danreed
12-01-2009, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the great comments everyone.

Yeah, I know this scenario scares the hell out you, but not to worry - The driver makes it through!!!!

Freight trains by their shear size can seem to rumble passed at great speed, but this big Berkshire locomotive is probably doing 35mph - You photographers know that a slow shutter speed will exaggerate the feel of motion. However, I was going for the drama and I think I've got it here.

For those of you who may be train fans, this locomotive is located at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Lancaster County, PA.

Dan

loobyteacher
12-01-2009, 10:35 PM
Love it !

(he's toast)

I agree!

Mixael
12-01-2009, 11:14 PM
First, GREAT painting! It is one I would be proud to hang in my home.

Now, given all that has been said, and even you own idea of if he makes it, my PERSONAL thought was.....almost. Just the tiniest bit of the back of the car gets clipped by the tiniest section of the train. The car spins wildly, though momentum carries him away from the tracks. The train keeps going, barely scratched, and the driver of the car thanks God he is still alive, vowing never to tempt fate again. He then drives to Mom's, hoping that he can think up a good excuse before dad sees the car.

And then, the very next week, at the same crossing.......


But that's what I imagine. You painted it, YOU get to tell what happened. But all the same, I enjoyed this one.

danreed
12-02-2009, 01:54 PM
Thanks Michael -

Yeah, yeah... your synopsis is right on. However, so is mine, and Gayle, and Tim, and Ray, etc. That's what I intended this painting to do, allow every viewer to have his or her opinion as to the outcome of the scenario.

Dan

mrs willow
12-03-2009, 03:37 AM
A great composition and a very skilful and beautifully painted work ...but the tension is just a bit too much for me.
Sandy

Alex Sunder
12-03-2009, 11:12 AM
Great spirit on the narrative, impressive rendering of form, light/shadow and color. This IS a great piece!

purplepansey
12-03-2009, 01:55 PM
OMG! I've never seen a painting that makes me feel the danger of the situation!. You have really captured that moment and the speed of the train and the car is done so well. My heart is beating so fast I feel I'm in that car!

purplepansey
12-03-2009, 01:57 PM
OMG! I've never seen a painting that makes me feel the danger of the situation!. You have really captured that moment and the speed of the train and the car is done so well. My heart is beating so fast I feel I'm in that car! :eek: :eek:

*dee*
12-03-2009, 03:55 PM
This is just wonderful!!!!!

Being a true optimist, I say he makes it.....though he may very well have to hurry home & change his drawers! :lol:

YLCIA
12-04-2009, 10:50 PM
Superb!

Julia

Nonno
12-05-2009, 03:03 PM
Racing the train, tut tut, very unPC! But full of drama. Although more drama than perhaps you realize. If the train really is where it is with the barrier arm still not fully down it must be the fastest train ever! I think that the record for a steam hauled train stands at about 202 kph (126 mph,) and electric stands at over 570 kph.
I have to agree with all those who think he's toast, though. What a waste of a lovely car! Great painting.

Jonathan.

Chrisp47
12-05-2009, 03:27 PM
I don't know Dan, that train is really hauling. I'm glad I'm not in the car, or the engine for that matter. Great painting, makes you think and want to look at it.

laudesan
12-05-2009, 07:12 PM
Now, that is just plain scary. Something I would have done not so many years ago too..:p

Your painting is absolutely fabulous!!! A success in every way! :thumbsup:

aspenman
12-05-2009, 10:24 PM
Wonderful work.

clementine
12-06-2009, 03:14 PM
absolutly fantastic!!!bravo!!
clem