Friday, March 15, 2013

Shiny and New

"BNSF 7620"
oil on panel, 2007
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)
private collection

Here is an earlier painting of a BNSF train moving through the port all shiny and new.
I remember fighting the 'mud' battle on this one, one of the first I did of these BNSF locomotives. Orange and yellow are tough colors due to their transparency and that they dirty easy when mixed with other colors.
In the shadows it is difficult to get to those darks and maintain a certain high chroma to depict the shiny and new.
Ironically the two most prominent railroad companies here in Southern California are BNSF (orange) and Union Pacific (yellow), two of the most temperamental colors. Thanks a lot.211


  1. You had me on train!
    The best reds I have seen in a very long time!
    It is amazing David that you can get all this wonderful and beautiful art on such a small surface!
    It is obvious that you won the mud battle on this one!
    Another very fine art piece!
    Bravo buddy!

    1. Thanks Michael,
      Despite the battle I remember getting some satisfaction out of it. These loco's usually appear bright unless they are really old. In the sun they shine.
      Keep painting...

  2. Perfect glint on the left part of the hood, and wonderful reflected light on the wheel trucks.

    1. Thank you PC, those final touches are always the fun part.
      Thanks for your visit.