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Watercolor: Hard Driving Wheels - 14" x 14"


What impressed me about this steam locomotive was the power of its driving wheels, which I tried to express in this watercolor. I first used a masking-pouring technique, but then needed to come back with a brush to get the values right across the painting. Awarded Honorable Mention in the Architecture and Machinery category of the WASH Painting of the Year 2020 competition. 201024. Watercolor, 14" x 14".

Where Vernon St. meets Atlantic St. in downtown Roseville, CA is the 70-ton, 4-6-0 Southern Pacific Locomotive #2252, retired in 1956 after nearly sixty years of freight and later fire-fighting service along the Donner Pass line over the Sierra Nevada mountains. I wonder how many times it climbed Donner Pass (7,057 ft.) during its service? It was manufactured in March 1897 as a T-1 class locomotive by Crooks Locomotive & machine Company of Patterson, NJ.

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