Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Trying Some New Things

"Escape from Alcatraz"                                                                    Copyright 2011
I'm trying a new look with my blog. I hope it's easier to read and highlights my art better. Let me know what you think.

I've also posted the final image of my San Francisco assignment. I received good reviews during my critique last week... I even made C.F. Payne chuckle... which I took as a compliment. If you want to see the process of how I created it, look back to my May 2011 posts.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rest in Peace

Copyright 2011

Here's the final illustration for my thesis show. It's the actual grave of Casey Jones in Jackson, TN... however, the stone wasn't placed until many years later by a group in New York wanting to honor him in a more appropriate fashion. Jones' grave is also in a church graveyard... not an empty field... but the general look is accurate.

Amazingly, Jones' pocket watch survived the wreck and is still intact. His original watch is on display at The Casey Jones Museum in Jackson, TN. If you're a Casey Jones fan, it's a great place to visit.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Crash

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Here is the image of the train crash. One of the reasons Jones became an American hero, is because he remained at his post in the cabin, applying the breaks up until the moment of impact. Jones saved every single passenger on board his train. He was the only one who died. I can't help but think of John 15:13. "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Apologies...

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The head of my MFA program at Hartford, Murray Tinkelman, likes to quote John Wayne. "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness." Unfortunately, the digital image of this painting is terrible, and I have nothing but apologies for those of you who are viewing it now. My computer skills are not the best, and my abilities to color correct scanned images is even worse. This particular painting was near impossible for me to get right. If you'd like to see the original, it's hanging up at the Joseloff Gallery at The University of Hartford as part of the 2011 graduating show. Stop by if you're close, I'd love to say "Hi."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

One Hour Late!

Copyright 2011

"Need more coal there, Fireman Sim!
Open that door and heave it in.
I'll run her 'till she leaves the rail.
We're one hour late with the southern mail."

Another one of my favorite pieces. Special thanks to The Casey Jones Museum in Jackson, TN for allowing me unhindered access to their replica of Jones' engine 382. I was able to get in there and take all sorts of photos from unique angles. I also shot my models with lights to get the intense light from the engine and the cool light from the moonlight. (And that's me shoveling coal into the boiler.)