Sparta

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 

At the Auction 

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Attended an auction on Saturday and grabbed a quick pencil sketch of the scene while resting in the shade of a nearby pavilion.  I snapped a reference photo to document the colors so I could paint it later at home.  

Also put in a few bids and was able to win a couple of items. Unfortunately I lost out on the main item I was trying to win. 

Oh well, can’t win them all!   

Tom Conboy 

Bismarck Station

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Bismarck Station (12 x 16 inches; watercolor)

This watercolor was painted on location back in 2012.  This scene is of the old Missouri Pacific depot at Bismarck, Missouri.  It is no longer used by the railroad (Union Pacific), but is owned by the city. 

Tom Conboy

Miniature Painting – Lakeview

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Lakeview (2 x 2 inches; oil)

Painted this one today for a demonstration video, but the video flopped! I thought I had the camera in a good position, but the end result showed more of the back of my hand than the painting.  Ugh!!   Oh well, better luck next time!

At least the painting turned out okay. 🙂

Tom Conboy

Miniature Painting – Mary’s River Covered Bridge

Miniature Marys River Covered Bridge

This miniature oil painting is only 1.0 x 1.5 inches.  The American 25 cent piece is included as a scale reference.

An old friend from school was joking with me about making paintings for dollhouses.  I accepted his challenge and painted Mary’s River Covered Bridge from a photo I had taken in 2014.  I was surprised it turned out as well as it did!  I used toothpicks, a rigger, and a micro brush to complete this oil painting.

Anyone in need of a dollhouse painting? 😉

Tom Conboy

Marler Chapel

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Marler Chapel is a watercolor I painted on location in July of 2010 (12 x 16  inches).  This scene is located near Palmer, Missouri along Highway C.  I remember the day very well. It was a cool, low humidity morning which is unusual for a July day in Missouri.  What I remember most are the sweat bees. A few were buzzing me when I started, but by the end of the painting my palette was covered with about 2 dozen sweat bees. I was even stung by a couple of them.  Fortunately their stings are mild!  All in all an enjoyable day, even with the sweat bees!

Tom Conboy