With the Polish two-week winter holiday now upon us, Asia was desperate to go skiing like the rest of the Polish population it seems… Unfortunately, I’ve never been that keen on sliding down a mountain on two planks of wood, or in my case sliding down a mountain on my back, so we compromised and are off to Malta on Tuesday for a week with the kids. Thinking about it, Malta is probably the flattest and unsnowiest country in the world so I reckon I did quite well! It has always been one of my favourite places to visit and as it happens, my next Osprey cover painting is of an SM.79 over the Med, so I should be fully inspired by the time I get back!
I’ve just completed this, the latest piece of cover art for Osprey. It depicts P-38G-15 43-2204 ‘White 99’ Beautiful Lass flown by Lt John G O’Neill of the 9th FS/49th FG, in action over Vunakanau, New Guinea on 29th October 1943. It’s for the cover of Osprey’s forthcoming book ‘Early P-38 Aces’.
The original is now for sale in the ‘originals section’ or just click on this link;
Early last year I was commissioned by the son of the legendary Canadian philanthropist and MP Garfield Weston to paint the first of the many aircraft that his father bought for the RAF during WWII. ‘Garfield Weston S1′ P8074 saw action with 222 Sqn before crashing into an Irish bog whilst with 133 Sqn. The remains were recovered in 2011 during filming for the ‘Dig 1940′ TV programme.
We now have permission from the Weston family to offer this painting as a limited edition print, the full story being printed in the border below the image. Click on the image above for more details.
Just back from a lovely long Christmas break in Poland. Whilst I was there I completed this small painting for next month's issue of Britain at War. It will accompany an article we have written that details the loss of Group Captain Percy Pickard during The Amiens Raid. The ficticious official story that was circulated by British Intelligence at the time is still being repeated to this day, (even in this month's Flypast magazine!), so we thought we'd try to put the record straight once and for all. It's acrylic on board, 22" x 15". The original is for sale and, being specifically for magazine usage, the background is reasonably simple so the price will be negotiable from around £1500. Here's the caption;
'Pickard's Last Moments'
Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC tries unsucessfully to shake off the FW190 of 7/JG26 flown by Fw Wilhelm Mayer north-east of Amiens on 18th February 1944. Moments later, Mayer's cannon shells blew off the Mosquito's entire tail section causing the aircraft to crash just north of Saint Gratien at 12.05hrs. In the background the Second Wave of Mosquitos are about to bomb the Amiens prison, totally unaware that Pickard who was flying at the rear of the Second Wave had been shot down.
As it’s that time of year again I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The two girls in my life, Kasia and Asia are holding the fort here in Poland for another 6 months whilst Szymek (taking the photo) and I go back to England on 6th January to complete his 2 years of primary education. (The girls seem worryingly happy about it all!)
Thanks to everyone who purchased something from the new site since we set it up last month. As you know, each person was automatically entered into the free prize draw for the American Spitfire Aces painting by way of their unique order number.
So at 6.30pm today, I printed all the order numbers onto pieces of paper, mixed them up and asked Szymek to draw one at random.
Here is the result, ok so he’s not as glamorous as the girl reading out the World Cup draw, but at least he’s keeping it real with the yoghurt stain on his collar from school…
The winning order number was 882 and the lucky winner was Mr Darryl Elliott, so congratulations Darryl!
Just a quick reminder that the free original painting prize draw has just 24 hours left to run. A quick check reveals that we only have about 25 names in the hat at the moment so the odds are still pretty good. To be in with a chance of winning the painting all you need to do is to purchase anything from the site before midnight today. The new Morning Glory prints have now been delivered and look very nice indeed so why not treat yourself to one of these for Christmas, you can play spot the rabbit on Christmas Day!
I’ve finally finished the recent Halifax painting so here is an image taken from the high-res scan of the original canvas. The limited edition prints of this one will be ready on Monday 9th December so we are now taking pre-orders via this link. Look out for the rabbit!
Don’t forget, all orders taken before 15th December will be automatically entered into our free prize draw for the original Spitfire painting, see the link at the top of the page for more details.
Just back in the UK after a week in Poland. Asia and Kasia will fly back there on Monday so I should be able to finish the Halifax painting on Tuesday.
In the meantime, I’ve had a few spare minutes to update the image library with my latest paintings from the past 12 months, click on the link below to see them.
I’m over in Poland now for the week (until Friday), enjoying the snow and spectacular sunsets! Before I flew out on Monday I received the latest copy of Britain at War magazine which has not only got my old Kenley raid painting on the cover, but also has two double page spreads featuring my work inside. The second feature is on a rare maritime painting I did recently of an armed trawler at St Nazaire during the evacuation of the BEF in 1940. You don’t often see me painting ships of any description (for good reason I hear you say…) but thanks to the hard work and research put in by Mark Laity who commissioned the painting, we both hope it’s a reasonably accurate representation of the operations around that time.