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 

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 

Miniature Painting – St. Joseph Church  

Completed painting.

St. Joseph Church (2 x 2 inches; oil) 



I painted this miniature on location at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Zell, Missouri on April 3, 2017. I am trying out my homemade pochade box made from an Altoids mint tin. It is lined with a cut sheet of palette paper. The paper and canvas panel are held in place with some double-sided foam tape. I painted this while sitting in the van.  Good thing too, because a thunderstorm rolled through while I was painting. All in all, it was a lot of fun and the pochade tin worked great! 

Altoids tin

Altoids tin prepped and ready to go!

The subject

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

The Red Rooster

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The Red Rooster

I had a great time painting this on location back in March of 2015.  The weather was beginning to warm and it was a beautiful sunny day.  This structure was once a feed mill, but is now an arts and crafts store.  Sadly, it is supposed to be going out of business.  Here are a few photos of the painting process:

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Tom Conboy