Art Inspiration

Posted by Guy Maishman 15/09/2014 0 Comment(s) Painting Progress,Painting Digital Capture,

Ametuer photographers from the late 1800s through the 1960s, using old portable cameras using black and white film took the images that inspire me to paint.  They have been published in many books and magazines from the early 20th century continuing through today.  Because I see many old images in many publications, I am inspired to bring color to black and white scenes that particularly appeal to me.  I will not paint from a color photograph - the color is already there.


The steam age is fading from adult memory.  It is almost 50 years ago that the last regularly scheduled steam train travelled on British Railways.  Steam railway artists who lived through the 1950s and 60s as adults are thin on the ground too.  As a child, I missed those final years of steam because I lived in the USA and Canada from 1962 through 1968.  The fact that so many photographs survive from the steam age is a wonder to me.  Current publications constsistently show "new" images from the past, which provide endless inspiration for me to continue painting.


I must also thank the ready-to-run and kit-building model railway industry, which continue to produce very highly detailed models of locomotives and rolling stock from the steam age.  I regard those models as works of art in their own right.  The range of new pre-grouping locomotives and rolling stock models is growing, and the manufacturers and builders take great pains to apply the correct liveries of the eras they operated through.  Those models also inspire me to paint.  I often use models from my collection to add period rolling stock that are not in the original black and white photographs and get the details right on canvas.