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Thursday, December 26, 2019

All Aboard to Memories--Watercolor

"All Aboard to Memories," 5 x 7 watercolor card
If I have a favorite Christmas movie, it has to be "Polar Express."
It's no wonder to folks who know me, because trains have captivated me since I can remember. Especially steam trains, though the moan of diesel locomotive horns, not as emotive as steam whistles, on the BNSF main line two miles away still awaken my wandering imagination.
I've written and tried to paint steam trains often, usually once a year like this Christmas card for good friends and real rail fans, Roy and Jill Kelsey.
Where did it start? Probably when I was about five years old and went with my Dad to the Rock Island turntable in Fort Worth where he sketched a drawing I still have. 
A few years later, he transformed it into a magnificent scratchboard, that I have hanging in our house right outside my "studio/office." We used prints of it as family Christmas cards.
I've written about this before. Here's the link: All aboard for the journeys
Here's Dad's scratchboard:

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