Old Railroad Car – Three Artistic Interpretations

In continuing with the theme from last week, this week I’m featuring an old train car. And not to be too redundant, but as I stated last week: “Anytime I create an art print, I have typically worked the subject matter into different forms and presentations. When I hit a look I like, I spend more time working it into a “final product”. Sometimes I end up with more than one version. If I feel strongly about the final presentation in each version, I will keep them. Having said that, I do try and limit it to no more than three of anyone subject matter.” Today’s blog features an old train car located on a hiking path along the river in Rockford, Michigan. At the time I took the photograph in December of 2015, it was abandoned, but looked like it had been used as a diner.

As I did last week, the first version I’m showing was created using a black and white sketching technique.

The Old Train Car

The second version just like last week adds colored to the sketching technique.

The Red Railroad Car

Then the third version was created using an abstract watercolor approach.

Old Train


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41 thoughts on “Old Railroad Car – Three Artistic Interpretations

  1. Dan Antion

    You had me at “Railroad” Kirt, but I think you knew that. I love these. I think they are all good, but there’s something strikingly bold about the abstract watercolor approach. I think that’s the best of the three. Good job!

    In case you aren’t back before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Dan!! Much appreciate the feedback!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! We are looking forward to it as all three of our girls and their husbands will be here not only to celebrate Thanksgiving, but to celebrate our granddaughters 5th birthday on Friday!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      They are different from each other but both have an appeal to me…thus the reason I have kept them both!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for your feedback!! Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    What a different feel between these, Kirt. I really liked the second one today – the colored sketch. Mostly because the windows stand out more, but also because it looks “hopeful” if that makes any sense. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your fascinating work. 🙂

  3. Americaoncoffee

    The black and white image remind me of the 1950s railway that actually routed thru neighborhoods. The deco colored trains remind me of the hippie era. ❤️🚂

  4. Carl D'Agostino

    Delightful. If it could be set up with basics of say an efficiency apartment , I wouldn’t mind living in that. Coupla decades back there was restaurant chain in Miami in train cars. I think it was called The Great Train Robbery. Best steak and ribs in town.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It would make a cool place to live!! I’ve seen old train cars used for that in different places across the country! It creates a cool venue!! Hope all is well with you and your family Carl!! Love your work….always brings a smile to my face!!


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