Just completed the latest cover painting for Osprey. It depicts a Dornier 24T-3 of 2.Seenotstaffel based at Schellingwoude, just east of Amsterdam, coming under attack by Spitfires of 402 Sqn about 65 miles east of Great Yarmouth whilst on a Search and Rescue mission on Friday 8 October 1943. The German crew stood little chance against four Spitfires and were shot down into the sea shortly afterwards with no survivors.
There aren’t many paintings of this lovely flying boat so I decided to paint it in a landscape format on artboard twice the normal size of Osprey covers so that I could include the entire aircraft, the book cover will show just the centre section. The original is now for sale, just click on the image for more details.
The good thing about being commissioned to paint book covers for Osprey is that it gives me the chance to paint subjects that would be commercially unviable in any other way. This latest is a case in point, being a Curtiss Hawk III in Chinese Air Force colours shooting down a Japanese Aichi D1A over the Sun Mausoleum on 19 September 1937. And I thought RAF roundels were tricky to paint…!
The original is now for sale in the ‘originals section’ or just click on this link;
As it’s Christmas I thought I’d post a little musical entertainment from our Christmas party here in Poland. For those of you who remember our daughter as ‘little Kasia’, here is a short clip of ‘now not so little’ Kasia playing ‘Wariacje w stylu zydowskim’ on her violin, with my wife Asia accompanying on the piano. Just click on the photo…
Happy Christmas from us all!
As we’re edging closer and closer to Christmas I thought it would be a good idea to confirm that we can post prints out right up to Tuesday 23rd December and if you’re desperate we can use Special Delivery for UK orders to ensure next day delivery. Just add a note to your order or email me after placing the order to discuss the best way of posting it!
As any artist will tell you, sometimes you have an artistic ‘itch’ that you need to scratch. In my case, it was to take a short break from aircraft and paint something loose and furry! It was great to be free to paint hills at last, and try some loose brushwork for the foreground grass and fur. Apart from the rear hare looking like the donkey from Shrek for the first half of the painting, it proved to be quite an enjoyable break from aircraft. The result is as you can see above, a couple of brown hares peering over a ridge into the setting winter sun. The canvas size is 30″ x 20″ and is now for sale. No idea what to charge for it so will happily listen to any offers from anyone who likes wildlife art or films about big green ogres… Oh and yes I did think about adding an aircraft in the distance, with the hares being spooked by the approaching noise… it may still happen!
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!