Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cotter Train Bridge #2, Baxter County

Cotter Train Bridge #2
12X16, Oil on Birch Panel

Well folks, I promised myself when I started this blog that I would try to post something often enough that I never felt the need to offer an apology for not posting "in forever."  But here I am, sorry for not posting in forever!  I've been working on several pieces simultaneously and waiting until several were done before posting. I must confess, that with gas prices going up, my progress on this project is probably going to take a major hit this summer.  I plan on trying to pick off a few nearby counties in central Arkansas but will probably not be going very far afield.  I'm going to be working on a portfolio for a submission to a very specific gallery this summer.  I don't plan on posting many of those as I go along.  I might change my mind though.  There may be more action over at my other blog The Art of John D. Wooldridge.

You may remember a few weeks ago, I posted a 6X8 version of this painting.  I liked it enough that I wanted to do a larger version.  While there were many good qualities to the smaller one which did not get translated over into this one, I feel the overall drama of the piece is vastly enhanced.

Interestingly, Bill Garrison told me at his workshop I attended last month that he also did a painting of this bridge at one point in time.  He told me this bridge was designed to rotate on the central pier to accommodate river boat traffic.  After the bridge was finished, the rotation function was tested and then rotated back into place .  It hasn't moved since.  He titled his painting, "Old Once Around."  I wonder what it looks like.


  1. I have spend all but the last few years of my life living in Arkansas and really enjoyed viewing your paintings of the counties of Arkansas. I know many of the places well. You did a great job of painting my hometown county with your version of the Little Red River and Sugarloaf Mountain!

  2. Well thank you so very much Gail! I certainly hope you come back often and visit and keep in touch. Heber is a lovely town in a lovely setting and I intend to do more from there one day. I hope you are able to make it back to Arkansas often.