Friday, November 9, 2018

Wayland Depot 9x12 oil on linen:
As mentioned previously, Wayland Depot was built in 1881, to service the Central Massachusetts Railroad. Its wooden braces and roof beams showing under the extended eaves, are both decorative and structural.
Architectural notes:
It appears that this structure includes some Queen Anne and Stick features; including flared eaves, exposed rafters, patterned wood  (“board and batten") walls, diagonal porch support braces and a raised foundation (see _Field Guide to American Houses_ by Virginia Savage McAlester, 213 ed., pages xvii-xviii, 317, and 334-335). .  According to a neighbor, the Wayland Depot is in the Stick architectural style. 
 I returned over several sessions to work on the below 9x12 sized painting.

Update January 31, 2018
The painting is now finished and dried. 


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Wayland Depot, 5x7 oil on linen:
The Wayland Depot building, built in 1881 for trains on the Central Massachusetts Railroad, is a gem of architectural detail located at One Cochituate Road.  The depot is now a gift shop run by volunteers (source:

On a rainy day in gathering darkness, I nearly completed the below 5x7oil.

This barn on Whitman Road in Stow, formerly belonged to Fruit Farm, one of the larger agricultural endeavors in Stow in the 1940s, on land and in a family dating back to the early 1800s (source: 

Currently the barn is part of the Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm property.
After sketching its beautiful architecture a few times, I set up an easel one summer day in the early morning sun.  Over eight or nine days in two hour shifts, I completed the oil painting.  Here are are some stages in reverse chronological order:

Final, September 1
Intermediate Stage, August 24

 Early stage July 20: