My Favorite Subjects (5) - Trains

Journey Home VI
Journey Home VI


"… and I come ten thousand miles away / … and I'm out here on my own / well it was a train that took me away from here …" (lyrics from Tom Waits’ Train Song)

Trains are more than just a means of transportation.  In the southern Kyoto (Japan) where my family lives, short-distance trains are essential in many people’s lives.  They use them to go to work, to school, to a hospital, a library, a bank, grocery shopping or for whatever is on their to-do list.  On the platform or inside the train, ladies shoot the breeze and students text-message.  There’s a man reading newspaper, a mother with a baby stroller, an old couple with backpacks on their way to a hiking trip...  It is a tiny slice of life.  That may be why I am so attracted to paint scenes involving trains although not very often.

In Journey Home VI, I tried to capture such a fleeting moment at a small local train station near my family’s home.  It is my train song.  I am pleased that this painting has recently been recognized with a special award in Open Water 2008, the Canadian Society of Painters of Water Colour Annual Juried Exhibition.

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Journey Home VI


Media: Original watercolor on paper

Image Size: 14.25 x 21.5 inches

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