Hull Elevator 

I was able to get in some oil painting practice using my homemade pochade box on location on June 10, 2017.  

I found a great spot in the shade and painted this scene of some grain elevators in Hull, Illinois. I’m not real thrilled with the finished oil sketch, but it was good practice. I recently modified my homemade cigar box pochade with a T-nut so I could mount it to a camera tripod. My first attempt at this modification failed, but I was able to rework it. The new fitting worked like a charm. 

A nearby resident stopped by to see what I was doing. I had a nice conversation with him, and he even brought me a cold Pepsi to drink. Rural America at its best! 

All-in-all, an enjoyable day of painting and watching trains pass by! 

Tom Conboy 

Edge

Edge (5 x 7 inches; watercolor) 



I like how Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch paint. They are both transparent watercolor artists and have put out several books and videos on how to paint with watercolor. Their paintings are very colorful, and the painting techniques they use create paintings that do not look overworked. The brushwork is loose and the paintings have a glow to them. 

I am practicing some new techniques to loosen up my paintings a la Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch. I’m not real happy with the rocks, but it is practice after all!  The watercolor techniques Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch use are simple, but timing is critical. I find myself forgetting certain steps of the process and that does affect the final outcome. Overall, I am pleased with the final results of this practice painting! 
Tom Conboy 

Abandoned Tower 

Abandoned Tower – A Model Railroad Memory (9 x 12 inches; watercolor) 
I painted this watercolor for my friend, Bill Graham, who is a model railroader. This scene is from Bill’s former model railroad layout that was located in his basement a few years ago. 

I am really pleased with how it turned out! 
Tom Conboy 

Barn on Chestnut Ridge Road 

Barn on Chestnut Ridge Road (12 x 16 inches; watercolor) 
Painted this watercolor earlier today. The weather was absolutely beautiful! This scene is located in a field behind the house where I live. 

Here are a few progress photos of the painting process…

Tom Conboy