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The Last Train Home

5 March 2007 4 comments

most areas blocked in....fine tuning
tomorrow....waiting on white gouache
for background.......






The Barkers

Four Brothers and their Father

went to war

They went to war to fight for their country.

Tom returned from Gallipoli (wounded).

Jack (John) was killed in action at the

Battle of Messines.(aged 17 years)

One month later his Father, Jim (James)

was killed in action,

at the Battle of Messines.(aged 46 years)

Job (my Grandfather) was brought home at the

request of his Mother on compassionate grounds.

Job didn't finish the journey to his hometown.

He alighted from the train at the station

before his hometown

as he didn't want to be thought

of as a coward by the townspeople

who had all turned out to welcome him home.

Lambert returned from the war after 5 years

at the end of the war

and died from

gas exposure in his early forties.

I get a lump in my throat when I

think about this story.

mixed media on canvas 1.7m x 1.5m

I hope to have this finished by the

end of the week.


4 comments: to “ The Last Train Home so far...

  • Lisa Lorenz 6.3.07

    WOW Kim! You have been so busy and very productive..I love this so much..The Barker Brothers..and it is very big....I can see a resemblance in all of them and with you and your family! Gorgeous guys! Anxious to see more...Way to go mate! Big hugs and love from CPH

  • Kim 6.3.07

    thanks Lisa
    I am really enjoying this as I am researching as I go......such a courageous story.....I hope you had a wonderful weekend...I popped over to your zazzle have been verrrry busy's very addictive making those products!!!!happy painting and product are doing a fantastic job....
    love and hugs xxxxxxxxxx

  • Anonymous 6.3.07

    Quite a job this family portrait and a super good one Kim.
    I also love your interpretation of Lisa and Andreas. Great likeness, almost amazing.
    Good continuation and many congrats on your art !

  • Kim 7.3.07

    hi Gilberte
    thank you so much for your comments....I'm enjoying this one as I can be a little looser with the application....have made some progress today....I'm off to the movies tonight to see Note of a Scandal (Cate Blanchet and Judy Dench) about an artist/teacher....heard it's very powerful!!!
    love and hugs

About The Author
Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news