Friday, December 4, 2009

Train Station Series

In the heart of my hometown of Kirkwood, Missouri is the historic train station. Evocative of another era, the station stands near the old city hall, and just up the street from the farmers market and the OK Hatchery. This is a landmark that just begs to be painted.

As in the painting of Jim Thorpe's train station, I took some liberties with the background. There is a feed store behind the station, but you can't see it from this viewpoint. Still I needed something in the composition to break up the space behind the station and to situate it in its surroundings.

Look around your hometown for its economic beginnings--a train station, loading docks, riverfronts, military defenses---and you're likely to find something interesting to paint.

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