New Painting: Train on An Island- Close-ups

Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:54:35 AM


Here are some close-ups of my new painting: Train on an Island

Close-up 1: This shows the steam engine similar to one that would be found in the 1920s when the song was first recorded. The engineer who "can't hold the wheel" can clearly be seen looking down from above at his true love who is walking on the other track. The train is going over a railroad bridge (coming) from an island. The colors are poor as this is taken in the shade. 

Close-up 2: Depicts J.P. Nestor rising from the smoke and ashes to sing "Train On An Island."  He's in the smoke cloud above the engineer. This shot was taken in the shade.

Close-up 3: Here's the full smoke picture

Close-Up 4: This was take in the direct sunlight so the colors are much brighter. This shows fiddler Norman Edmonds (who recorded the song in 1927 with J.P. Nestor- banjo) appearing magically from a bush on the bank of the island shore. Crazy, I know!

Close-up 5: This shows a girl walking down the track looking wistfully over her shoulder. Above her the engineer looks down. The lyrics can be seen at left- the porportion of the train is skewed becaue of the camera angle but you get the basic idea.

Close-up 6: the lyrics


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