As a final note on the Winter Halifax project, here’s a photo of the original framed to give an idea of its size, 30″ x 14″ canvas plus frame. I’m pleased to say that after a bit of work on the scan, the resulting prints are very close to the original, which doesn’t always happen! The original is now for sale, just click on the image for more details. The price is £3000, but as with all originals, offers are always welcome.
It’s that time of year again, so here’s my new ‘Christmas’ painting in development. I’ve been painting for about a week so far and it needs to be finished by Friday 7th November when I’ll be flying the canvas to England for scanning and printing. to see the work in progress, please click on the image.
It’s fair to say that it has been a busy couple of weeks since we returned to Poland after the end of the exhibition. Thanks to everyone who came along on the last day, it was nice to meet you all.
In the next few days I’ll bring the website up to date with sales and new paintings etc. The main news is that two originals have sold; The large Augsburg Raid canvas and the smaller Spitfire Dawn canvas.
I’m now returning to England again for the weekend with Kasia to attend a family funeral. Hopefully next week I can start painting again!
We are delighted to confirm that we’ve now got eight RAF veterans lined up to attend the last Sunday of the exhibition (5th October). So if you haven’t been able to see the show yet, why not join us for the last day, apparently there will be refreshments and free jelly babies again! I’ll be there from around 1.30pm and taking offers on any original paintings that haven’t yet sold, so it’ll be a good chance to negotiate a bargain…
The list of attendees is as follows;
Ron Brown – Ex Warrant/Officer Flight Engineer 218 Squadron (Stirlings) 75 New Zealand Squadron (Lancasters) Veteran of 64 ops.
Royston Clarke – Wireless Op/Air Gunner 101 Squadron Lancasters – bought down on his 29th mission by enemy nightfighter – POW Escapee
Flight Lieutenant Ken Carlton Flight Engineer, Lancasters, 156, 7 and 635 Squadrons. Veteran of 41 ops.
Eric Quinney RAF Lancaster and B-29 Pilot who flew the Lancasters in the Dambuster Film
Tony Blackman – OBE, MA, FRAes – Chief Test Pilot AV Roe –
(Tony piloted no less than 105 of the 136 Vulcans built, logging 850 flights at over 1,327 hours.)
Phil Leckenby (Ex-Vulcan Pilot and also a Vulcan Navigator)
Squadron Leader Anthony Wright BA V-Force Navigator Radar ﬂying Valiants on 148 Sqn and then Vulcans on IX, 35 and 50 Squadrons.
Wing Commander Paul Wharmby – Tornado GR1 pilot with 617 Squadron during Gulf War I, flew Harriers with 1 Sqn during the Balkan Conflict. Ejected from a Harrier over Germany and lived to tell the tale!
It’ll be a great opportunity to chat informally with this unique gathering of airmen, who have experienced operational flying in some of the RAF’s most iconic aircraft. don’t miss it.
All details can be found by clicking here, there’s a large free car park and cafe on site and even a Museum of the Horse upstairs for those more interested in Mustangs of the four legged variety!
We’re making arrangements to go out in style for the last Sunday (5th October) of our exhibition up in the Sally Mitchell Gallery. So far we have five RAF veterans confirmed to attend with hopefully more names to follow. Click here for more details. I’m flying over with my son Szymek on the morning from Poland so should be at the gallery by 1.30pm. The Gallery will open from 11am -5pm so if you haven’t already seen the show, why not pop down on the last Sunday and join us. As it’s the last day, all remaining original prices will be negotiable so there could be bargains to be had! Just come and negotiate with me to secure an early Christmas present!
It was with great sadness that I heard yesterday that Don Cheney, the pilot of ‘Dark Victor’ had passed away at his home in Canada last Tuesday at the age of 92. He had been too ill to attend the commemorative events in Douarnenez but he had approved the painting and had sent his best wishes to all concerned via his daughter Jan.
I always find it fascinating to read what these brave young men did after the war. Most went on to live varied and adventurous lives and Don was no exception. There is a lovely obituary here on the following link, I hope you have time to read it.
We’re just about to start the promotion of an exciting new Aviation Art exhibition that we’re organising in September. The basic details are that Keith Woodcock FGAvA and I will be having an exhibition of our work at the Sally Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in Tuxford, Notts from Sunday 14th Septebmer to Sunday 5th October. In addition we have invited four of our favourite artist friends to exhibit alongside us, namely Nick Trudgian, Peter Sumpter GAvA, John Ketchell and Piotr Forkasiewicz. All four of them are supremely talented and their work will add so much to what will hopefully be a memorable show. On the opening Sunday the artists and WWII veterans will be in attendance and I will be launching my new print ‘The Augsburg Raid’ which you can see a section of on the poster here.
I’ll post more details in the next few days, in the meantime, click on the poster (right) to go to the exhibition page,
On 5th August 1944, Canadian pilot Flt Lt Don Cheney DFC of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron was struggling to escape from a burning Lancaster ‘Dark Victor’ over the Bay of Douarnenez during a raid on the U-boat pens at Brest in France. He and four of his crew survived and the people of Douarnenez kept him safe from the Germans until they left the area some weeks later. Now 70 years later with Don in failing health, his daughter and family of the other crew members are returning to Douarnenez to present my specially commissioned painting to the town in recognition of their help on this day.
I worked closely with Don to create an exact representation of what happened on this day. (Don eventually had to squeeze himself out of the cockpit escape hatch as you can see in the painting.) He wrote such a moving account of what happened that I decided to include it all on this limited edition print as an extra side panel. This section can be left alongside the image or trimmed and mounted on the back if the print is framed.
For more information, click on the picture.