The Diesel Locomotive
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Roger uses oils on canvas to paint a powerful image of an aging diesel railroad locomotive focusing primarily on the details of the bright yellow steps and heavy front wheels. Attention is paid to the subtle differences between the close values of the subject and how to achieve the look by using a limited palette. Sarah visits the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club housed in the old Hendersonville, NC train depot. Club members show the trains in operation and explain the intricate layout that fills the historic station making it lively once again.
The Old Drilling Rig
Roger finds a weather worn drilling truck and sets up his easel to begin painting on location at the “World Museum of Mining”. A solid drawing is complete and partial painting begun before the rain starts. Roger continues the process back in his studio using reference photographs to focus on color and light on the old vehicle an easy but effective techniques are applied to give the rusty surface a convincing look. Sarah explores one of the world’s “most productive copper mines”. She hears about old time mining days from a retired miner and enters one of the tunnels with a guide to experience what it was like to work by candlelight.
Iron Ore Docks
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Roger sets up his easel by the shores of Lake Superior and uses acrylics to paint a massive iron ore dock that is back lit by the sun. Composition and large masses and shapes are dealt with to create a strong image of the rusty structure. Sarah visits the town of Two Harbors and the historic Edna G. tugboat.