The Osprey cover art for the Dornier 24 book sold at the weekend to a collector in Holland. Thinking about it, this was my first ever painting of this aircraft which after a lifetime of painting aviation subjects is not something that happens very often now!
I’m back in the UK for a week to prepare for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of 30 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton next week. This has given me a chance to print and upload three new prints to the website; Out of the Darkness which depicts a 30 Squadron Hercules departing Kabul International Airport, Winter Tempest which shows 56 Squadron Tempests in Holland and Harriers over Belize which shows GR3s over the Blue Hole.
For more information about all three prints, click here to view our New Releases page or click on the images below.
I’ve just completed a new cover painting for the forthcoming special magazine ‘Spitfires over Berlin’, due out in April 2015 I think. It depicts Pilot Officer Des Watkins flying Spitfire XIV RB155 of 350 Squadron shooting down an FW190 over the outskirts of Berlin on 20th April 1945.
The original is now SOLD, see the following link for more details.
I’ve also uploaded a Work in Progress on this one showing the painting from start to finish, click on the image to find that page!
The original painting of Polish Spitfire Aces sold last night, I didn’t think it would hang around for long!
Next up is another Spitfire, this time an XIV over Berlin for a magazine cover, I’ll post details here soon.
I’ve just completed the latest Osprey cover for a subject close to my heart, Polish Spitfire Aces. It depicts Flt Lt Józef Jeka of 316 Squadron engaging Fw190s over Amiens during Ramrod 209 on 19th August 1942. This must be about the eighth Spitfire that I’ve done for Osprey and it’s always a challenge to come up with a different angle to display the Spitfire in the portrait format, hopefully I haven’t chosen this angle before!
The original is now for sale in the ‘originals section’ or just click on the image;
Just a quick note to update the original sales. We have recently sold both the ‘Winter Halifax’ and the Osprey NW Europe Spitfire Aces (which appears in the current Flypast advert). If you are interested in purchasing any of the remaining original paintings listed HERE, please just get in touch.
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!