Johan Derycke - Old Wagons

Old Wagons

Believe it or not, but I saw a crab crossing the street today, 160km out of the coast. I was in Aarschot today, where apparently they suffer from a Chinese mitten crabs plague. According to our local TV station ROB, the crabs have been accidently imported via shipped sea containers into Belgium, where they’ve spread al over the country via rivers like the Demer. Those who understand Flemish can see a reportage on the topic on ROB TV.

I wasn’t there for the crabs, though. I was there to paint the old train wagons I had seen while passing on a bicycle ride last year. They have obviously been parked there for quite a long time and I can’t help it but like so many other artists, I have a knack for old things. The texture on the sides, the rusty metal parts, etc are very pleasing to my eye.

Being close to the station, a lot of people passed me while I was working. Some said hello, others ignored me. Some even chatted to me, complimenting me for my work. I met a nice woman who was also interested in these vehicles from the past. She said the city government has decided they had to be removed. So my gut feeling to paint them today resulted in a nice painting of a subject that will probably be gone, who knows where to…

Johan Derycke - Old Wagons

Old Wagons – Oil on Panel – 30cm x 40cm

6 comments for “Old Wagons

  1. 5 August 2016 at 03:43

    What a wonderful way to spend the day! Looking at your painting, I imagine the vast countryside these old wagons have have travelled through – to the point where I can almost hear the wheels turn over and begin chugging out of the painting on towards a new adventure! 🙂

    • 5 August 2016 at 13:09

      Hey Annette, I fear their future doesn’t look too bright though. In any case, they’ve sparked my old interest in trains again, so for me, they’ve certainly served their purpose 🙂

    • 5 August 2016 at 16:21

      Wow yeah they do seem to good to be dismantled. Maybe I should contact the owner (a company called Infrabel, which is responsible for raildroad track maintenance here in Belgium). Plant one in the garden and convert it to a painting studio! The one issue I can think of is how to get it into my garden…

  2. 5 August 2016 at 14:30

    🙂 Here in Australia we used to have these beautiful old red train carriages (known as the red rattlers). After art school friends of mine bought one, which they lived in for years… I do hope that whatever happens to your old wagons, they’ll have a future where they are cared for 🙂

  3. 5 August 2016 at 17:18

    Absolutely 🙂 Imagine what a painting studio it would be! Who knows, maybe Infrabel would be happy to help with the move….

    • 5 August 2016 at 17:51

      Yeah it would be really nice, wouldn’t it? I’m a bit worried about the weight of the car though… our land is very unstable due to humidity. It might have to be founded (?) in concrete first. Then you need a building permit etc. Since my wife didn’t like the idea when I told her, it may be smarter to find a different location. Plus, there are 5 wagons in total… imagining a small artist community being born here. Maybe I should contact my local city government and ask them if they have a terrain available for an artist community project.

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