|Then, I had so much fun rendering the rocky cut that allowed the tracks. i may have embellished the angularity of the rock just a bit! And, of course, the old water tower.|
Tuesday April 22: That curve of the tracks and the station awning and the train....
I drew the quintessential STAUNTON station sign.
Tuesday afternoon I visited with Kay Shirey of Rachel's Quilts, a neat, colorful shop and workshop in the Depot. She had just finished hanging the last of the white bunting that signals BRIDGE DAY! She'd marked the spots from last year - impressive - so it's hung just the same. I gushed about how much I loved the bunting last year - I used it in my other Staunton drawings.
So, the bunting started to go up in my drawing - with a little artistic embellishment in Bridge Day colors. The Sears House too on top of Sears Hill!
Wednesday April 23: The Depot is an amazing building in all of its phases. It deserves a drawing all its own. To allow the Bridge to be the center star of this drawing, I rendered the depot in section.
The portion of the wharf across from the Bridge landing and toward Augusta Street is another favorite view, with the tops of Staunton's architectural icons - Masonic, St Francis, Courthouse, Mary Baldwin popping up above their parapets. This was kind of hard to draw, and then to place it behind the depot in section.
Thursday April 24: Something was missing...and the foreground was looking bare. Of course - the cabooses! Good thing I can just run down to the site again and study them...
Friday April 25: Putting it all together, drawing the title banner, balloons and hours and shades of watercolor sky.
And here it is:
The Sears Hill Bridge & Staunton Depot
Bridge Day 2014