Thursday, July 23, 2015

Saving The WPA

2015, Oil on Hardboard. 5"x 7"
Scenes From a Train

I've always been fascinated by the WPA creations that dot this country's landscape, especially the bridges. Many of the people who took part in the WPA were artists and their influence can be seen in the design details of every one of these structures. This bridge was probably built in the late 1930's and it shows, but the details on the upper retaining wall structure show just how important aesthetics were back then. Even on a bridge whose audience would consist mainly of a handful of railroad engineers. It says to us, "Everyone is important." The support columns are from a much later renovation, and they tell us, "There's no money in the budget for pretty."

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trestle Rust

2015, Oil on Hardboard, 5"x 7"
Scenes From a a Train

Today's painting is another from my series, Scenes From a Train. I thought that a snow scene might be kind of refreshing right about now.