Collection 3

Leeds Central Station c1960

An Adaptation of a photograph taken by the Rev. Eric Treacy from a signal Box at the Station.

This is a painting by permission of the copyright holders; The National Railway Museum.

The A4 60003 Andrew K. McCosh is awaiting the ‘off’ with a Kings Cross bound train. A tank engine is also waiting with a local to Bradford.

The change I made to the picture is the introduction of the 8F backing in, pressed into service for an excursion train on a busy summers day.

Whilst this was an old unglamourous station, now almost completely gone, I held a great affection for it and the exciting main line engines which terminated and set off from here.

Smoke and Steam everywhere !

Grand Turk leaving Scarborough Seafest

The 19th Century frigate ‘Grand Turk’ which at the time was based at Whitby had been visiting Scarborough Seafest. I managed to find out the approximate time of departure to see and record the event.

One can never be certain about how to be able to procure a good image of the ship with a good backdrop.

So I tried to make sure in choosing this vantage point.

I did enjoy painting the ship and the water. Not a sight to be readily replicated.



Path down to Robin Hoods Bay

On visiting Robin Hoods Bay there is little choice but to leave a vehicle or bus and walk down the steep incline if one wishes to get to the beach.

There are three choices :-

1. Down the roadway 

2. Partway down  the roadway and then turn left and wend ones way between the old cottages and finally.

3. Down the pathway with its lovely views.

Which ever one is chosen it is worth the effort.

Canal and Minster Beverley

I had been told that it was possible to include in one picture both the canal and the Minster. We don’t go to Beverley very often and then its only to the town where the Minster is obvious.

So where was the canal and how to get there. Eventually I found the cut and walking along it, the bridge with an added bonus of the restored canal barge in view.

Joy, water, buildings and boat, all elements I enjoy painting. 

An Alarming Clock

I often get ideas about creating a ‘Modern Art’ picture.  The Initial structure does not always come with all the components in place.

It is gradually built up as the composition evolves and more interesting thoughts arise.

The eventual title often spurs the desired result. 

Timing Tension

A companion to the alarming clock.

In this instance triangles form the core of the composition. Lines suggest the opposing forces of string, arrows to show the direction and the impression of coiled springs in an attempt to create, in the viewers, a perception of tension.

These together with the arms of the clock combine to let the viewer make of it what he or she will. 

Deckchairs and Lighthouse, South Bay Scarborough

Requiring as a backdrop the end of the pier and the lighthouse, the Main focus of attention are the Deckchairs.

Subservient to the above but again vital to the ambience of the scene are all the people doing their own thing on the beach.

Scarborough with its two sandy bays each with its own attractions are magnets drawing residents and visitors alike. 

Penhill from the Shawl, Leyburn

Always on the lookout for a chance encounter, the sheep and the lambs just took up positions around the bench at the opportune moment.

Penhill is across the Wenslydale valley from the Shawl at Leyburn.

So named because Mary Queen of Scots escaping from Bolton Castle which Is just a few miles up the dale is supposed to have dropped her shawl in her haste to get away. 

Woodhouse Lane and University, Leeds c1950‘s

Travelling up Woodhouse Lane, Lance Corporal Tram, so named because of the chevron on the ends is nicely framed by the university buildings.

One of only three constructed to attract custom on the prestigious Lawnswood to Roundhay route, we as school boys would let other trams go by in order to travel in the added luxury these vehicles afforded.

Based on a Bob Mack image, one of many chosen and printed for me at his home. 

The River Wharfe below Kettlewell

Walking the river below Kettlewell is the kind of situation which lends itself to the ‘Fauvist’ treatment.

The so called ‘Fauves’ (wild beasts) were a small group of post impressionist artists including Mattisse, Vlaminck and Derain.

They were concerned with the heightening of colour using it with more freedom, instead of cold colours using purple or red.

It was short lived as a movement but it strikes a chord with me.