Train Station Door

I have attached two different approaches to a singular subject matter. The singular subject matter is the train station door in Glendale, California. The train station was built in 1924 by the Southern Pacific Railroad using a romantic Spanish Colonial Revival style. The elaborate architectural details immediately become a visual focal point. The station now serves for both Amtrak and the Los Angeles Metro Link Rail system and was purchased by the city of Glendale in 1989.

Having been through this station numerous times over the last 20+ years, I was usually too busy coming or going to stop and really absorb the architectural detail. Finally in 2017 I did a photoshoot of the entire station and settled on this perspective of the door as a true representation of the beauty of the building.

I chose two different sketching techniques to highlight the beauty of the architectural details. Both techniques created totally different visual experiences of the same subject. There isn’t a right or wrong in either technique, just a visual preference by the viewer, which varies from viewer to viewer.

Sketched Train Station Door
Pastel Train Station Door

Thoughts?

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40 thoughts on “Train Station Door

  1. Dan Antion

    I like them both, Kirt, but the first one is my favorite. I relate well to the thought of having been through or passed buildings often, without ever really noticing them. I’m glad you took the time to capture this one (because you know I love train stations).

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      For many many years our home office was in Glendale and about twice a month I would take Amtrak up from San Diego and pass through those doors. Having said that I just remembered all those trains stopped at LA’s Union Station….often I would have to change trains there. That station is also beautiful with really cool architecture. I feel a trip to downtown LA coming inn for a photo shoot. Can’t believe I just now thought of that as I was writing you a response…..

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  2. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Well, I thought I knew immediately which one I preferred (pastel version) but ended up “again” liking ’em both, lol! Nice job creating such distinct impressions, Kirt – one soft and alluring, the other powerful and intriguing!

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  3. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    Kirt, these are gorgeous! Those old train stations were so beautiful, and had such wonderful details. This one is particularly beautiful — even more so the door. You captured it beautifully. I like both of the techniques you used — both are right for different moods and purposes. I think the first one appeals to me most. Terrific post. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback Teagan, much appreciated!! I think of all the years I passed through those doors and never stopped to really admire them. I was aware of their beauty which is what drew me to do a photo shoot. Probably because my travel through the station was work related headed to a meeting or headed home from a long day of meetings. Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

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  4. Darlene

    I prefer the first one as I think the warm colours give it a more Spanish look and feel. What a great train station. I always think of all the folks who have been through that door. Well done.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Darlene!! When I see something like this I think of where you live and the fact you are surrounded with such beautiful historic architecture naturally so to speak. I appreciate the feedback! Have a great week!!

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  5. Ryan Callahan

    Beautiful! I love Spanish style architecture. Our new home here in Florida is a Spanish style home with the Spanish tile roof and stucco exterior and arched entryway. Looks like a little Spanish church. We move in on the 29th. Always love your photos. God bless!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much! I couldn’t decide between the two either…both very different from each other, but both compliment the architectural beauty of the door!! Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much for the feedback. I liked the end result with each, but for very different reasons. Thanks for stopping by…have a great week! Blessings!

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  6. Sue Slaght

    Life is just that way that we are too busy in some periods to see the beauty before us. It is one of the things I love about retirement, and I daresay a bright spot of the pandemic, the slowing of everything to allow appreciation of what is right in front of us. I love both of these Kirt but I think the first one shows off more of the detail. Best wishes to you.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Yes, it took retirement for me to see and appreciate the beauty that had been right in front of me all those years. Thanks for your feedback and for stopping by!!

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  7. Tiffany Mendonca

    These are both gorgeous! I really like the sketch look!! The first one brings out more detail I think which I love and the second one makes the piece feel more vintage which I love too. My eye was drawn to the first one more though, but love both!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for your feedback Tiffany….much appreciated!! I am torn between the two as they both have a look I like. I like your input. Again, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the feedback, Gill! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to give me your thoughts!! I agree with you on the details with the sketching technique!! Have a great week!

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