Steamer Crossing the DesertSave Favorites
Inspired by my intrigue with steam engine locomotives, I decided to create this one as it crosses the desert. Not much desert is really visible in the painting except part of a saguaro cactus in the lower right corner. It appears to be partially run over by the train. I wanted to show a little movement in the piece so I drew the single smoke stack several times in different positions, attempting to make it appear to be rocking back and forth along the tracks. One railcar can be partially seen at the top of the painting behind the engine.
There's just something about steam engines. All the mechanical parts moving and clanking, the smoke stack billowing out steam, the whistle that announces it's arrival or departure to and from unknown far-away places, all of it working in unison and in harmony lends a sense of wonder, nostalgia, and romance to the landscape.