Inspired by Trains and Automobiles

From the shiny chrome on a vintage automobile to the vibrant colors of a gratffiti-covered train car, it’s no wonder that vehicles prove to be such appealing subjects for artists. But trains and automobiles are more than the sum of their parts. These harbingers of adventure represent freedom, ignite feelings of nostalgia, and tap into our romantic notions of travel and exploration.

“Night Train” (watercolor, 15 x 22 in.) by Mick McAndrews
“Punch Buggy Red” (mixed media, 29 x 29 in.) by Matthew Bird
“Long Term Parking” (watercolor, 10 x 14 in.) by Roland Lee
“During the 2019 Plein Air Utah event in Midway, Utah, we painted on location at a wonderful farm filled with antiques and farming relics,” says Roland Lee. “I was drawn to this old Ford left to rust by an old barn, thus the title ‘Long Term Parking.’”
“NYC HUB Bub” (watercolor, 16 x 20 in.) by Catherine Hillis
“Not Easy Being Green”(watercolor, 12 x 16 in.) by Richard Russell Sneary

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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