Marshaling Yard, Ed Cahill, Plein Air Painting

Day 2 Marietta/Cobb Museum Paint Out

Marshaling Yard
Marshaling Yard

Day 2 started with cold rain and as I drove over to the museum. I took a short detour to check on a location that I found on Google maps the other day. I like trains and I followed the tracks through Marietta on an overhead view and found a marshaling yard right outside of town off old Hwy 41. I was not sure I could find it, but after a few turns there it was. A large yard full of parked rail cars and the pot of gold—a few nice red diesel locomotiveDay2 Thumbss. So I decided to start the day here and finish at a beautiful pale yellow painted Victorian house on Church street that I noticed  Saturday. I checked in at the museum and drove right back the marshaling yard.

I had to set up across the street because of the posted no trespassing signs but still had a good view. It was very cold and raining so I set up my shade umbrella and used that to protect the painting and palette. The composition just fell into place with a the  big circle of a blue tank car and the engine branching out from the left to right. It was very gray but I did include some trees for the  softer shapes. Immediately I got the idea of changing that tank car to green so it would compliment the red locomotive. I got there about 10:30 and things went together quickly but it grew colder as I stood and the rain got worse. I decided noon was the cut off point and packed it in and headed back towards the museum for number four.

I parked across the street from the intended victim at a church. It was just after noon and the deadline was 3 so I set up did a quick sketch and got to work. This wonderful Victorian really deserved a bigger board but I figured that I just did not have a the time for anything more than a 9×12″. this is a spot I’d like to get back too in the coming week as the flowering tree in front was spectacular. I was lucky that the rain abated but the sun never came out. In the end I forced in some shadows just to give it some dimension. With more time this could have shined up well. I was rushed but finished up by 3, got everything loaded up and headed for the museum.    FramedSpring on Church

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