Thursday, March 31, 2011
Lost Hills, CA was as far as we got the first day out headed towards Roanoke and my new life as Artist in Residence at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Mom and I had waited for the mail, and, by the time we got out of town, we were pretty well tired. Several days of figuring out how to get several thousand of my train drawings and the rest of our few worldly belongings into the Honda Civic left us with little energy as we headed south past the almond and orange orchards along I-5. We fought trucks all afternoon and stopped at Pea Soup Anderson's and prepared for the quest across America.
Part 2 of this Santa Fe GP60B video shows the application of the Santa Fe Silver paint and then the trimming and painting of the Red paint to make the finished Santa Fe Lettering. Completed lettering is truly an important step for finished drawings.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Roanoke shares a long history with the Norfolk & Western. The star city, Roanoke is. The headquarters of the Norfolk & Western, it was. A rail-hub centrally located that connects Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Trains roll through Roanoke today much as they have for years. Roanoke is a town built by the Norfolk & Western, truly a railroad town.
I have always dreamed of overlooking the mainline. To me, an office that overlooks the tracks is an ocean view. A mainline such as Norfolk Southern's four track through Roanoke, carrying double stacks on the Heartland Corridor and coal from the Appalachians roll by my window. This is the perfect place for me to draw trains, the perfect place for me.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I was named Artist in Residence at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. I would like to thank the VMT and all of my friends and supporters who have been there along the way.