Friday, May 15, 2009

"Railroad Keys"


Oil on 1/4" Board. Approx 8"x10" SOLD

My wife's Dad worked as a switchman for the railroad for about 45 years. These are keys from there. If I'm not mistaken, the small one is the switch key and the long one is a caboose key.

I haven't posted much lately but that does not mean I haven't been painting. I have two more paintings to post but have to wait to post them. I also have another 20x20 painting in the works. I'm trying to expand my portfolio of 'large' work.

7 comments:

Dean Grey said...

Mike, I love these!

The keys look like real metal. Copper and silver. Not an easy thing to achieve if you think about it.

Nice colors too. The metallics of the keys go so nicely with the warm tans on the wall.

Everything has a wonderful aged, antique feel about it.

My only critique is that the shadow on the left key is almost as dark as the key itself, making it hard to see where everything begins and ends.

I realize the keys are old and probably don't reflect much light, but maybe lightening up the shadows a bit might show off their profile better(?).

Just a suggestion!

-Dean

rahina qh said...

Brilliant subject choice and beautifully executed Michael.

KEITH PROCTOR Daily painting blog said...

Nice One Mike

Loredana said...

Stunning piece, I love the realistic effects you gave it.

LSaeta said...

Your last "hanging Key" painting was my all time favorite so I was so glad to see another. You have such a gift - simply amazing!

Aliaena said...

Hi Michael, I am very new to blogging but I noticed your work right away and have been following you for a few weeks now. I find all your work to be exceptional but I am particularly moved by these two keys. Just exquisite! I look forward to following your work in the future and wish you much continued success! Aliaena

Don Coker said...

This is a very cool piece, Michael!