Model Train Backdrops

The last two weeks were spent in complete indulgence. I had the opportunity to paint my favorite subject matter, Northwest Landscape, on a pair of facing walls. The room is fairly small and is occupied by an exquisitely created model train layout built by Progressive Model Design of Romeoville, Il. . The layout is freestanding and the attention to detail is quite mesmerizing. The walls are painted as a backdrop to the layout so that the scenery depicted in the model transitions back into the walls. Being given the opportunity to engross my self into such subject matter is nothing short of luxurious.

 

You can see the before and after shots below. Thanks to Barry and Melinda for a delightful couple of weeks and to Kevin Kurbs of Kevin Kurbs Interior Design for the introduction.

 

Before

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After

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This is the fourth backdrop I’ve painted since being in the northwest and it’s a terrifically fun thing to do. By far the largest backdrop was painted for a private client whose layout occupies the entire basement of his home. Such is the attention to detail in this project that the painting of this backdrop took just over a year to complete. Below is a series of photos of the backdrop details.

The layout encompasses the entire western side of the country from the mountains of British Columbia to the deserts of the southwest.

The backdrop was painted on site before the benchwork was installed, as you can see from some of the photos. The colors were matched to the material (gravel/sand etc) which was to be used for the foreground modeling and viewing angles were taken into consideration so that the vistas worked seamlessly with the layout. The layout was built by David Hikel and some videos of the finished result can be seen on his website.

California desert

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Montana

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Butte, Montana

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Colorado

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Anaconda Mine, Montana

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Northwest Cascades

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British Columbia

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Kicking Horse Pass, British Columbia

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A video of the backdrop is available for viewing by following this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nym45geDiz4 

As you can see, at this stage it was early in the construction phase of the layout.

 

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