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 

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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 

Watercolor Journal Entry 2

Painted this scene on location at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri on June 28, 2016.
The dry paint pans worked much better for this sketch.  Everything was going great, until I started tweaking the sketch at the very end.  I ended up dropping a blob of water and paint onto the sketch.  Totally my fault for being careless.  Another “hard” lesson to have learned! 

I am pleased with the final sketch, although I liked it much better before the careless mistake mentioned earlier.  On a positive note, I was able to fix the messy blob spot to a satisfactory level.  

I also enjoy watching and photographing trains, and was able to watch four of them go by while I was painting. An overall excellent day! 

Tom Conboy 

Alexander and Main 

I painted this scene on location at Caledonia, Missouri.  The two structures are the Old Village Mercantile and Methodist Church.  It was a warm, early spring day, and I still can remember that day as if it was yesterday. This painting was sold at Pumpkin Fest in Caledonia back in 2012.

Alexander and Main (12 x 16 inches; watercolor) 

Tom Conboy