The Village Diner in Red Hook, New York, is a classic type of roadside restaurant popular throughout the northeastern United States.
(Link to HD Video) It’s a vintage prefabricated “Silk City” model, dating back to the 1920s. The streamlined, railroad car look was meant to suggest cleanliness, speed, and efficiency. Throughout its lifetime, the diner has been picked up and moved twice.
Jeanette and I have eaten there a lot and sketched the interior details, but this was the first time we'd painted it from the outside.
Technical notes: The painting is done with a Schmincke half pan watercolor set
in a Moleskine watercolor notebook. The brush is a 1/4 inch watercolor travel brush with a flat tip, good for architectural subjects. I started painting the motorcycles first because I guessed they would drive off soon, and they did! I then tackled the parked cars one by one, knowing they would all leave, too. Jeanette's using a homemade watercolor easel, basically a piece of plywood with a 1/4 inch hex nut attached to the backside of it so that it can attach to a camera tripod.
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Historic Village Diner website
Wikipedia on the Village Diner
Thanks to Kevin Macleod for the music