One of my raffled-off works, from the final Bayou City Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival in 2013. It is now the property of the raffle winner. As with all of my Bayou City festival raffle pieces, it has a title and subject that is related to an Old-Time song, in this case Steve Hartz's rendition of The Grand Neches Belle.
(Mr. Hartz may have composed the tune in the old-time style; I'm not sure about that, however).
The Neches Belle
was just about the biggest and most luxurious of the Texas cotton boats of her day, that operated around East Texas' rivurine waterways (then much more navigable than today; there was once a seasonally-dependent route that extended all the way to Dallas!) Her livery colors as shown here are a matter of conjecture, on the basis of the intensities of the various shades from a period photograph of the vessel. White (or whitewash) was pretty much a standard overall hue, though I have read and heard descriptions of some Texas cotton boats colored bird egg blue, a pastel-ish version of nicotine yellow, and several gray or earth tones. White with red or black (sometimes a sooty brown) trim was pretty much standard during the latter part of the 1890s (which was the later end of the Belle
's career). She survived until !897, when she reputedly sank at Logansport Louisiana, though some accounts place her end at her berth in Beaumont, Texas, where she supposedly caught fire and burned to the waterline.
*Ahem* This one hangs in my bathroom at home... Not really steampunk, I suppose, though the "thundercloset" was the most common form of waste disposal facility during the steampunk era, at least in places where running water or indoor plumbing was not available.
Please pardon the white canvas backdrop around the piece. My cropping was not up to snuff that day.