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Collection: Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train Series

Original abstract paintings using Thomas the Train toys to paint instead of paintbrushes by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad.

Rolling a toy train across my artwork is a not-so-subtle metaphor for being a mother and an artist. When I became a mother, my art changed course. Toys overtook my home and artwork. In this series I reverse the ubiquitous toy train and turn it into a paintbrush. The sweeping motion of this mark making is unexpectedly tiring for my arm and back, like the physical aches experienced when mothering newborns. The playful colour works versus dark black images reflect the 24-hour nature of mom duties. 

To express motherhood in body and gesture, I use small toy trains to make marks across watercolour paper. I dip trains in paint, then roll them while standing or kneeling over the paper to make lines.

Read more about the Inspiration and Background Story of the Abstract Painting Series in this Blog Post: Recently Sold Painting

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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Cross-Country #2
    Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Cross-Country #2 by Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Cross-Country #3
    Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train Cross-Country #3 by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #9
    Abstract black and white painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Route #4
    abstract painting with colourful lines by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Route #3
    abstract color lines painting by Canadian Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Route #2
    abstract lines color painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #8
    Black Abstract Line painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Route #5
    abstract painting with colourful metallics by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #5
    Abstract black and grey painting by Canadian Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #4
    Abstract lines painting by Canadian Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #3
    Grey Line #3 abstract painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #2
    Grey Line #2 abstract painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #1
    Abstract line painting in black and white by Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Grey Line #6
    Grey Line 6 abstract painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #6
    Abstract painting in metallic and black by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #5
    Abstract painting with metallic paint by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #4
    Abstract painting in black and metallic by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #3
    abstract metallic painting by Toronto artist Rachael Grad
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    Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #2-Posters, Prints, & Visual Artwork-Canadian Artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train, Overnighter #1
    abstract painting in black and metallic by artist Rachael Grad
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  • Painting - Motherhood Hit Me Like a Train
    train track painting in watercolor by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad
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