7″ x 15″ oil on canvas
This was done in the studio from sketches and photo resources. There are more subtleties in the scene that I’d like to have caught without getting any tighter. I may do another one working just from this painting.
There are actually 2 drawbridges in this scene. The Burnside Bridge, in front with the turret type things on it and behind it the counter weight towers of the Steele Bridge.
In my college days I worked a couple of summers as a drawbridge tender, raising and lowering the bridge. The ones I worked on were much smaller and obscure little railroad bridges but spending all that time on the bridges and in the rail yard may have something to do with my love of industrial sites, from an aesthetic perspective.