This print is also done using an impasto oil technique. As with last weeks, this style uses large brush strokes and bright, bold colors. Both elements seem appropriate for this print to make the setting really pop with color and texture. The setting is the same row of trees as in last weeks picture, but the angle has changed and so has the subject matter of the print. The color of the turning leaves grabs your eye with the vibrant oranges and yellows. The railroad tracks are still a central theme, but in this view, we see them run parallel to the row of trees very close to a house. In this perspective you see the tracks go way off into the distance creating that depth I like. I love fall colors and I love a picture that pulls me in. The questions arise from looking at this scene. Where does the track go? Why is it so close to a house? Who would live in a house with a railroad track that close?
Some answers to the questions these prints bring up:
- The tracks are abandoned and lead to historic downtown Issaquah and what is now a Train Depot Museum, but what was once a passenger and freight depot serving this area. This was one of many stops between downtown Seattle and the mountain towns in the Cascade Range just to the east of Issaquah. The train service and tracks date back to 1889 and were used up until the 1940’s. Today the depot is listed in the National Register of historic places.
- The house doesn’t look like it dates back that far, maybe the 40’s or 50’s and may have been built after the tracks were abandoned; I’m really not sure. The house is currently used as the home of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the picnic table from last weeks art print is in the back yard of the Chamber of Commerce. I would assume employees use it during nice weather.
So, the mystery of the tracks themselves is solved. The house and closeness to the tracks still remains a mystery to me, but the tracks as you can tell follow a straight line and parallel an existing road. I felt very lucky the day I did the original photo-shoot that started this process, to not only get the fall leaves near their peak, but to capture some interesting elements into a couple of art prints. Thoughts?
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