Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On Time

This is the only painting I have of Union Station in Los Angeles which was not previously posted.  Which tells me, among other things, that I should schedule painting at Union Station soon.  It's a pretty good place to paint in all weather, because you can be inside, outside under shelter, or in one of two or more courtyard gardens.  Like rail travel 20 or 30 years ago, Union Station practically went out of business.  Then came a boom in light rail and commuter train construction and travel.  So Union Station too has made a big comeback.  It is a busy bustling place now, as a train station should be.  And in addition to an infusion of humanity, a whole bunch of money has been pumped into Union Station's revival.  It has always been beautiful, but now it is restored to its original shiny glory.  The downside (because isn't there always one?) is that you now require an actual train ticket to sit in one of the leather upholstered art deco seats in the waiting area.  Those seats used to be free for the taking.  There is a piano inside the station, which is available for the use of all.  I have heard some really wonderful musicians there; it's worth pausing to listen. I think this is only painting I've made of the clock tower, although it is always in view while I wait outside for my train or bus.

4 comments:

  1. beautiful! It's been years and years since I have been to Union Station. I would love a day trip but the cost of parking anymore freaks me out and driving in such traffic.

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  2. and yet - there is the train!

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  3. Dear Barbara, lovely work. Enjoy painting and drawing fully. Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. The wonderful values caught my eye and then the warmth in the building standing out like a beacon in all that green foliage = perfect!

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