"Last Stage To Yuma"

by Thom Giles
(Nashville, TN (USA))

"Last Stage To Yuma"

This is a watercolor done with washes for the sky and landscape and then using watercolor pencils for the stagecoach, horses, foreground grass, and

shadow detail. It was done on Arches 140lb. 10x14 cold pressed paper.

I have always enjoyed the old west and wanted to attempt to capture a look of motion in my picture. While not perfect, (and what is?), I am pleased with the way the overall painting has finished. The most challenging aspect for me in this picture was maintaining the detail of the shadowed figures of the six horses and stagecoach, along with the lighter halter bindings, and the dust cloud being created by the forward motion on the dusty trail.

While not totally new to producing art, (having owned a sign business for several years), I am fairly new to watercolors and the varied techniques used to create a good finished work of art. I hope you find this picture as enjoyable as it was for me to paint.

I am recently retired, after having ungergone triple bypass heart surgery, and find this to be good exercise and peace-of-mind therapy.

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This is no doubt in motion!
by: oeendree

I liked it very much. You create horses so nicely so there are looking real. I found it very difficult to do horses with 3D effect in my " a country farm"(my first work on animals).

You inspire me to do that again; and surely better this time.
Thank you.

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I Like it!!
by: OPAL

What a great painting. You are so right. One can lose themselves in painting. You have acheived what you set out to do. The motion is there and the whole painting is well done. a wonderful subject by the way.

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last stage to yuma
by: betty

i love your painting your colours are lovely and bright like you i enjoy painting as i had a heart attack and find drawing and painting enjoyable i also like to use pastels

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Old West
by: Tanya

This painting really tells a story. It makes you think about travel in the old west and wonder why these people were going to Yuma - perhaps for work available with the railroad or to seek out gold. Beautifully done with wonderful flow and movement!

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Well done Thom
by: LINDA

Thom

I like what you say about your piece of work which is very good.

You know what you wanted to achieve which is always a good start.

The wheels digging in to the soil together with the dust around the hooves and carriage certainly do create movement.

The middle horse looks to be almost galloping which sets a pace for the others.

Very good with lovely choice of colours.

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last stage
by: dave

this is very very good tx for sharing.

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