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"Patriot at Liverpool Lime Street Station" is my painting for 2013. I was inspired by a series of black and white photographs taken inside Liverpool Lime Street Station facing toward the cutting, by B.J. Blenkinsop in the 1950s. It was considered a dark, dank location and not photogenic, but B.J. Blenkinsop captured the summer glory of it when the sun was high in the sky. I painted this scene because:
I cobbled together two of B J. Blenkinsop's photographs to capture the sweep of the whole scene to include the cutting starting in the right distance. I set the painting a decade earlier than B.J. Blenkinsop's photographs.
The photo taken of me painting shows my basic approach:
In the photograph, I am making sure that the outline of the train really looks right and where it should be. More adjustments were made when I painted the train.
The people on the platform are all my creations:
I chose to paint the "Patriot" locomotive named "Caernarvon", because I have good friends that live close by Caernarvon in Dieniolen.
This painting is particularly satisfying for me because:
This is my contribution to railway history to show what a "Patriot" looked like shortly after a heavy overhaul with the 1946 livery newly applied.