“What’s with the sudden interest in Art Nouveau?” my wife asked when she saw me balancing on my knee the huge tome I’d liberated from the oversize stacks at the Capilano Library. Art Nouveau was a dominant style in the arts from 1890-1910 and so it is part of the context for my 1905 rendition of Pembroke. “Ah, so it’s a train book,” she nodded … Continue reading Art Nouveau
It’s easily more than a decade since I was last in England, and so, on this summer’s holiday, I left the eye-rolling family at home for a trip out to see the Pendon museum. We were staying in Henley on Thames, and the museum was a morning’s excursion when the rest of the family wanted a rest anyway. Since my last visit, the museum has … Continue reading Pilgrimage to Pendon
The arrival of Lance Mindheim’s book on my doorstep this week almost makes me want to stop talking about applying lessons from art to railway modelling. But, well, it’s kind of fun, and Dave Eggleston reminded me that we were going to look at a couple of Ted Rose’s wonderful watercolours to see what we could apply to our modelling. Dave kindly provided a couple … Continue reading Ted Rose’s lessons
Earlier this week, Dave Eggleston posted some of his notes from his classes with Charles Emerson. It’s a super list of attributes that make a painting good, and I wondered if we can apply any of these same lessons to elevate our model railways and railway models. A good painting is logical and consistent across canvas and convincing (statisfying/moving). Model railways certainly benefit from consistency … Continue reading Lessons from art school
Mike Cougill posted one of his thought provoking missives this week. Then this morning, Lance Mindheim announced his new book. Both encourage us to think of model railroading as art. Now, I’m absolutely looking forward to the day when Canada Post drops Lance’s book on my doorstep. He has done far more research and education about art theory than I am ever likely to do, and I … Continue reading What’s the big idea?
In response to my hack-job about composition, Neil Erickson sent over an in-progress photo of his layout that he likes. It is a simple, entirely railroady scene, quite similar to the painting of a train I showed in that post. I quite like the oil painting varnish on the photo; I’m not sure if that’s a filter or real. As I was trying to understand … Continue reading Backdrop epiphany
Some of the comments in Friday’s post lead the way to thinking about model railways as art, and it’s worth getting a book out of the library to refresh ourselves on the elements of composition. My favourite art book is Jeanne Dobie’s Making Color Sing. It changed my dabbling with watercolour dramatically. One of the things I’ve learned is if you want to make a … Continue reading Challenging composition