Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BNSF at 6 x 6

"BNSF 6631 Rain"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2011
6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)

My fourth painting juried into the 6" Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery. The 3 others here and here and here. If you are in the area it's worth checking out. The show promises to have lots of great art on display and for sale.

The BNSF 6631 near the top of the El Cajon Pass headed to the high desert in Southern California pulling a short string of passenger cars instead of the usual freight cars and cargo containers. Seen here punching out of the mist and into a clearing.
With it's lighter than usual load this train was moving pretty fast and despite it's climb up the steep long grade it rolled around the corner and was gone in a flash, traveling with a sense of urgency.112

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  1. this is great David! very atmospheric and bold at the same time... rather like all trains are:) hope the show goes well for you.

  2. Thank you Rahina,
    This was from a trip I took to the desert to photograph trains... trains in the rain in fact. It was cold, it was windy, it was wet, but a lot of fun. Nothing quite like a train passing by just a few feet (meters) away. You can feel it rumbling, it's mass, power and presence impossible to ignore.
    My hands quite working, I think my ears left my head because I could not feel them... Oh!, the sacrifices we make for our art...

    Interesting thing happens though, you are only cold and miserable when waiting for a train... the moment you hear it coming all is forgotten... can't wait to do it again.