Hittin' the Rails in Alamosa

It is always fun to talk to tourists and wave them on their way to Antonito or to LaVeta. This engine left early to pull a passenger car to Monte Vista. I just had time to sketch it before it took off and in the end it was the best thing I did in 3 days of painting. Painting at the tracks is hard. So many people I knew came by or later said "Hey, I saw you painting down by the station".
There is a certain amount of pressure to at least, sort of look like you know what you are doing; and on top of that there is the job of trying to bring something fresh to very familiar material. My percentage of successful paintings from there is very low but I still go back. Maybe it's the challenge. My favorite part of this piece is the trees.

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