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Night Scapes are a specialty of mine. This moon was amazingly bright and created both color and the dark so well; had to paint it. Shine On beautiful moon.
In Mexico I was fascinated by the strong rock walls with no mortar to hold them together, a hand-craft which is fast becoming a lost art. I also became interested in the way light of the warm earth colors bounced up into the shadows.
My host in New Mexico once allowed me to see his garage and storage/work room where I found an abundance of fascinating objects for still life. He must have known their worth because he wouldn’t part with any, but did let me borrow for a few hours. For this painting, I selected a color scheme and kept it working throughout the painting. It earned me a credit for my SWS Signature membership many years ago.
In my youth riding trains was the best choice for travel. Going by car on dirt roads, usually muddy, was not great. However, there were many hours spent waiting for trains to arrive, affording many hours to watch the handling of the engines as they maneuvered equipment about the train yards. In this same cab space with the engineer pictured here, there would be a fireman who fed the flames by shoveling coal from the coal car which was part of the engine, essential to produce the steam to propel the engine and the train.