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 

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 

Ramsey Tower

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This abandoned railroad tower is located in Ramsey, Illinois.  Two railroads used to pass through this town (NKP & IC), but no longer.  A photo of mine from 2009.

Tom Conboy