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11-22-2013, 03:21 PM
Doing some practice for the next exercise in watercolor. Always admired and want to paint in the Ted Rose style....


11-23-2013, 04:36 AM
Hi Charles, Love the way you handled the watercolor. You have quite a challenge ahead. Good luck and keep us posted.

11-23-2013, 07:04 AM
Gorgeous subject you've chosen and interesting studies playing with the colors and paints.

Looking forward to seeing more of this painting as you go.


11-24-2013, 09:36 AM
Beautiful colors and look so far.

11-24-2013, 11:25 AM
Started on the painting with the drawing (never seem to get a good photo). Hoping to apply watercolor this week. Need to setup the track/rails, people, few buildings and background.


11-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Charles, Are you painting on a colored paper or is it just trying to show us your drawing that has made it look like sienna?


11-24-2013, 07:32 PM
Charles, Are you painting on a colored paper or is it just trying to show us your drawing that has made it look like sienna?

The lighting in the room and the white paper with light pencil lines on it required a tone change in order to see the drawing lines.

11-24-2013, 09:07 PM
I thought that might be the case, but just wanted to make sure if I was right. :D


11-28-2013, 10:00 AM
With the holiday at hand seems to have been little time for prep work on the forth coming painting. Did some revisions on the drawing setup.


11-28-2013, 10:29 AM
The train looks great, but your first two buildings on the right seem to be leaning over to look at it. ;)


11-28-2013, 01:09 PM
Thanks, the building were just a quick draw and I have been concentration on the train and tracks as to basic alignment. Please critique any other aspects in the layout...

12-01-2013, 11:42 AM
With the holiday over and a bit of time this morning added one other piece to the composition (gandy dancers working on track section) and started the numerous railroad ties. Then a some details to ensure that the buildings are set and on to painting!


12-06-2013, 12:47 PM
I truly love the depth of color you are getting. :)

12-09-2013, 11:50 AM
The locomotive and train is progressing. Next will be the determination of building color and background mountain (Blue Ridge Mountains) color along with any sunset highlights in those areas.
Starting point of watercolor. I figure to forgo the normal top down application as the key to the painting needed to be explore otherwise it was not going to be a good exercise.
You will see changes from this first application of watercolor to the present status

12-09-2013, 11:52 AM
Here is an overall view of the exercise with train, people, mountain background (through pencil only)


12-09-2013, 03:41 PM
Love the colors you are adding, Charles. :D


12-09-2013, 04:13 PM
"Love the colors you are adding..." there lies the problem to come. The background buildings and mountains with the proper amount of "sunset" highlight without taking away from the locomotive color splash. I am thinking of a fate color wash over the appropriate areas of background once the base color is setup.

12-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Train almost done....


Overall view


12-11-2013, 05:11 PM
I know(at least I think I understand) that there needs to be a balance in the painting. The foreground will have grey/black kind of dark/cool with the splash of sunset (kind of a transition plus drawing point to the subject). Thus the background buildings, etc should be bright warm colors. For example the big building could be a light tan/yellow (more tan/brown towards the bottom) with lighter yellow/orange toward the to top (allowing for sunset effects). On the other hand will brighter colors take away from main subject vs. muted colors in such a tone that makes the building not stand out except for the sunset colors where appropriate (single tone brown, blue, green, white etc)?
I am thinking blues, greens, yellow, red etc for the buildings. The mountains green, blue, grey.
My thoughts as I begin the next portion of the painting....

12-13-2013, 09:14 AM
The background has begun. Decided the background desired it place on the canvas vs. just muted plain building but instead have their own identity. The buildings in the distance will be more muted with some sunset colors.


12-13-2013, 01:50 PM
Another look at the process with better light on the subject


12-15-2013, 01:37 PM
Background is now in place...starting on foreground. Due to the weather and lighting some of the colors "values" are off a little (e.g. the "blue mountain is darker in the painting). ""Values" starting to talk like a painter!


12-16-2013, 12:13 PM
Into the final aspects of highlights, details along with the workers and the task of railroad ties.


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12-17-2013, 02:45 AM
Moving right along and looking great :thumbsup:.

12-17-2013, 10:09 AM
Appreciate your encouragement. Trying to establish a late afternoon on a early spring day has been a challenge.
Next will be the shading in the foreground along with sunset highlights. The buildings need a bit of wash on them to gave that twilight effect (I hope I get it correct).

12-18-2013, 05:10 PM
The light is from the west the bottom left corner going over the workers towards locomotive boiler in the middle. Shading will be via buildings (not seen) from the left of the painting edge on to the yard. In this update I have to adjust the tone of the big building and the blue one to its left. Along with these items, starting the rails.


12-19-2013, 04:31 PM
Not the best photo as there areas darker than this representation (e.g. people and bottom left corner) if I get a better day of light and setup I will post in the gallery


Here is my critique on the exercise:
Goal- to paint something similar to the sunset technique used by Ted Rose: well, it does have good reflection of the environment on the locomotive but not a background wash technique as per Ted (buildings would have been less detailed and muted)
Accomplishments- finish it! Depth seems good, colors flow well, good attempt of cool/warm
Planning- through I had a good mind set of the composition the missing aspect is knowing in advance were to place color aspects. I knew I had a fence in mind but it not shadow it in advance.
Perspective- though the locomotive in relationship to the environment is good the degree of angle coming at you could have been lessen. (not by much). The people are in portion to the size of the locomotive and distance (wheels are 70"- that is 2" on the drawing and the people are 2.25" but if the degree of the vanishing point going forward had been a bit less it would have been better on the eye). That would have effected the lead tracks and lessen there "mass"
Color- I am not sure that the buildings are a good combination of colors through in life not one would think about that as building vary and are not color coordinated.
Building- not sure I like the layout of the corner first building too square/uniform need something to break it up from one view point to another (too much windows).
People- that are actually darker in the painting
Overall, seems good if one looks at individual aspects that were accomplished. Not sure that everything together flows right and has that interest to a person's eye that keeps a person looking at it for all the right artistic reasons.

12-23-2013, 04:06 PM

One last update on the train painting as it is holiday and time is short as to the art sessions with all the obligations. I added some shadowing as per great suggestion . In doing so the sunset dusk lighting really stands out but unfortunately did so in the area of the major mistake. Given that I feel it was a good exercise have learned:
1) I now understand better why background needs to be background no to complete with the main subject (despite what is in the "real world").
2) Colors are wonderful but tones of dark and light are much more vital to the painting
3) Keep the fundamental in "line" as I lack the discipline to check the perspective lines on the left
4) I did accomplish the sunset, the nose art of the engine, good distance in the painting and lighting (thanks to Maria).
Finally I could cut the canvas to rid the mistake but decided not to as a reminder of the lesson learned