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24 May 2011


History Recorded

by Regina Sabiston

CP Engine No 2520 - 11 x 16A friend of mine worked for the railroad in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada for a short period of time. He has since passed (may he rest in peace), but told me a little about being a fireman during the years of the steam engines in Saskatchewan. I enjoyed listening to his stories and will always hold them dear to my heart.

Although they are a part of the past, many folks still have fond memories of the "Steamers" and many people today are collectors of railroad paraphernalia. I did this painting from a black and white photo. I've tried to capture it's power, it's detail and it's magnificence. The original has been sold, but prints are still available through me, the artist.

It was the first time I had ever painted from a black and white photo and I found it to be more difficult than I had first anticipated. After having studied several other paintings and photos of steam engines and consulting with a professional artist I was finally able to complete this painting to my satisfaction. Only another artist can really appreciate the time and effort it took for me to complete a detailed painting such as this.

In the beginning, before cameras, artists and writers recorded history. Today we admire artists from the past and look to their paintings to better understand what once was. Hieroglyphs were the first drawings that recorded history. Their pictures tell a story and I suppose, in this way, I have contributed to recording a piece of the past.

Art has been and will always be a way of recording history, beauty and so much more. It's a great way to leave heirlooms and make autobiographies. It's a great way to fill a void in your life and help you heal. They say there is so much more to art than meets the eye and that, my dear friends, is so true.


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