Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Ladysmith Heritage


This steam donkey is a sample of equipment that was used in the forestry industry about one hundred years ago. Essentially, it is a giant winch that is driven by a steam engine, and was used to pull large logs uphill or towards railcars to be transported to sawmills.

This one is displayed as a heritage monument along the road that leads to Transfer Beach, a local waterfront park, in Ladysmith. One can see several more, all different shapes and sizes, in the Forestry museum in Duncan.

Steam donkey in Ladysmith, B.C.

I sketched this thing several times over the years on site. However this is a painting that was done from a photograph in the studio. It is 11”x15” approximately on watercolour paper. I used only three pigments; Ultra marine blue, Quinacridone Sienna, and Raw Sienna.


Author: John Hofman

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2 thoughts on “Ladysmith Heritage

  1. A complicated subject very well captured.

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