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.
Many lanterns were used by the crews on the train, especially by the Brakeman who rode in the Caboose and waved signals to the Engineer before the train could move on. Found in storage, this lantern was larger, and appeared be a temporary signal at a switch in case of emergency. Became an interesting still life, don’t you think?
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.
The concept of perspective was dawning on me before I learned to draw, as I peered down the tracks while we waited for our connecting train, which was likely to be late. I had plenty of time for observation.