Aspen Way Gif

I put together this gif to show the steps of how Aspen Way came together. This painting was donated to a local mental health support group where it was sold at auction.  The original watercolor painting measures 12 x 16 inches.  

Tom Conboy


Plummer’s Hardware 

Moleskine Notebook Entry 8

Farmington, Missouri 092016

This scene is located along East Liberty Street in downtown Farmington. A leaking water valve on a toilet required a trip to the local hardware store today. It seems like the local “mom and pop” hardware stores are dying off, but there’s still a good one here in Farmington. I figured I would take advantage of the trip and work on a watercolor sketch. 

I really enjoyed the painting session, and was also able to fix the toilet as well!  A “win-win” situation! 😁

Tom Conboy 

Columbia and Henry

Moleskine Notebook Entry 7

Farmington, Missouri 091916

I completed this sketch on location today.  The day was warm, but not too bad with the lower humidity levels.  An enjoyable session! 

I tried out watercolor pencils with this one and liked how they worked. The Sakura Koi water brushes worked really well with the pencils. I was surprised how intense the colors were when blending the pencil lines with the water brushes.  It does not take much water to get the pencil color to flow.  It was also much easier to manipulate the pencils than a pan of watercolor paints on the console of my vehicle.  The watercolor pencils may end up replacing the Winsor & Newton paint pans! 

Tom Conboy 


Captured this photo on my drive home from picking apples.  This is one of my favorite scenes in Southern Illinois.  The depot once served the Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GM&O) at Sparta, Illinois. It was also used in the movie, “In The Heat of the Night” with Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. It is now an art museum. Not sure about the caboose’s history, but I do like the GM&O logo painted on it. One of these days I am going to paint this scene en plein air! 

Tom Conboy