Posted on Wed 16 Dec 2015
Although challenging, railway subjects and steam engines in particular offer an appealing source of subject matter for painting. To look convincing they need to be depicted accurately, but for me the real test is doing this without over elaboration, whilst at the same time retaining the freshness and spontaneity in the painting medium.
Below is Sunlight and Steam, watercolour on Arches Not, 640gsm, (33x61cm)
Gerald says: 'My aim here was to capture the power and movement of the subject as it burst from beneath the bridge enveloped in smoke and steam'
For this demonstration below I used a worked example to show how this can be achieved using watercolour. I chose a three-quarter view of a steam engine from the Great Central Railway at Loughborough that had momentarily stopped before backing into the station. I produced it as a studio painting based on a couple of lineside photographs taken on a fairly overcast day.