I was able to get in some oil painting practice using my homemade pochade box on location on June 10, 2017.
I found a great spot in the shade and painted this scene of some grain elevators in Hull, Illinois. I’m not real thrilled with the finished oil sketch, but it was good practice. I recently modified my homemade cigar box pochade with a T-nut so I could mount it to a camera tripod. My first attempt at this modification failed, but I was able to rework it. The new fitting worked like a charm.
A nearby resident stopped by to see what I was doing. I had a nice conversation with him, and he even brought me a cold Pepsi to drink. Rural America at its best!
All-in-all, an enjoyable day of painting and watching trains pass by!
Captured this photo on my drive home from picking apples. This is one of my favorite scenes in Southern Illinois. The depot once served the Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GM&O) at Sparta, Illinois. It was also used in the movie, “In The Heat of the Night” with Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. It is now an art museum. Not sure about the caboose’s history, but I do like the GM&O logo painted on it. One of these days I am going to paint this scene en plein air!
A local freight along the old GM&O at Baldwin, Illinois. (June 2016)
This abandoned railroad tower is located in Ramsey, Illinois. Two railroads used to pass through this town (NKP & IC), but no longer. A photo of mine from 2009.
An early watercolor of mine from 2006. The scene is located on the former Illinois Central Railroad at Neoga, Illinois. I was hoping to catch an IC locomotive, but the Union Pacific loco was in the lead on this day.
A photo of mine from July 2015. Looks to be in disuse, but I could be wrong.
I love old feed store/mill structures!
An original watercolor of a lighthouse in Grafton, Illinois along the Mississippi River.
Grafton Lighthouse (12 x 16 inches; watercolor; Private Collection)
Looking toward the engine shed on the rarely used COER line at Herrin, Illinois.
My wife and I drove along the Great River Road which runs along the Mississippi River in Illinois (Greater St. Louis area). We stopped at the little village of Elsah, Illinois and I snapped a few photos (October 22, 2015).