The NYMR Spring Steam Gala has started… and so has Chris, on a painting of Bittern and Sir Nigel Gresley.

While these two classic A4s race up and down the line, Chris is trying to paint them in time for the end of the gala. The picture combines two of Chris’s most popular railway subjects – the elegant A4 streamliner and “all those bloody levers” (his words, not mine!) in a signal box, this time at Grosmont.

Each day he’s posting a picture outside the studio of that day’s work so visitors can watch this locomotive race unfold infront of them. I’ll try to keep up with posts of his progress on the website… so watch this space.

Although the work is a commission, prints will be available in all the usual sizes.

Meanwhile the steady flow of very positive interest in storm paintings continues. But above all, Chris’s favourite sale so far is an original sold on-line at midnight to a man in Kabul… can’t imagine why he didn’t think of selling them like that before!