At the risk of being redundant, I want to share this painting again. I've posted it before, so some of you have seen it, but I didn't really say much about it in the previous post.
The image is taken from a photo I took of a railroad car wheel. I cropped the original image to this composition which shows a strong sideways "S" pattern. The shadows are as they were that early spring day.
This is close to photorealism as I really want to get, but I do like the image alot. I'm planning to continue with a series of "railroad" paintings, being careful to find smaller pieces of the trains, such as this wheel, to render rather than the "whole thing."
This piece was juried by Robert Andrews of Seattle, WA. He said, "this watercolor looks like watercolor, but it also looks like heavy metal. Look at it carefully and you can feel the heaviness, the weight of the train, from above the image." After telling him I've been painting for about 5 years, he acted surprised and said, "I've know people who painted for 30 years that couldn't paint this picture." I was quite inspired after his review and our conversation.