Painting the Dambusters – Part Two

..and here’s the second part of the ‘Painting the Dambusters’ feature, thanks for all your kind comments regarding part one. This section is mainly focused on detailing the Lancaster which is the ‘wading through treacle’ stage where half my time is spent looking at photos and technical drawings, trying to work out where I’ve gone wrong!  The canvas is 48″ x 24″ and will be available for sale at the end of the process.  We’ll also be producing limited edition prints from this one which should be ready from around 11th May.

New Dambuster Painting -Live WIP

With the 75th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid exactly one month from now, I thought I’d do a ‘live’ work in progress on the painting that I’m preparing for the Anniversary. The plan is to produce a few short videos over the next couple of weeks as the painting progresses, hopefully towards completion! Here’s the first 5 minute clip covering the first two weeks’ work. Hope you like it.

 

Defiants over Dunkirk

 

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…and finally the Defiants over Dunkirk painting is finished. This final painting of the Dunkirk trilogy shows Squadron Leader Phillip Hunter in L6973 PS-A under the starboard wing and Pilot Officer Young under the port wing in L7003 PS-L pouring fire into a Heinkel by flying in the bomber’s blind spots.   This tactic also proved to be a success for other crews on this day and was one of many pre-planned attack profiles that the squadron had practiced.  This combat took place over Dunkirk on 27th May 1940 around 12.30hrs.

Thanks to all of you who pitched in with your comments on Facebook last week. I’m flying over to the UK at the end of this week to sign the prints so they’re available to order now as is the original 40″ x 20″ canvas, for more details CLICK HERE

Defiant painting underway

Suitably refreshed from our holiday, I’m now working on the third in the Dunkirk trilogy of paintings, depicting Boulton Paul Defiants of 264 Squadron.  The Defiant has always been regarded as outclassed in 1940 but it was more a victim of changing circumstances.  It was always designed as a bomber destroyer when the idea of enemy fighters roaming over England was inconceivable.  The invasion of France and the Low Countries changed all that and the Defiant rarely got the opportunity to fight in the way it was intended until it was deployed as a night fighter.   However, on 27 May 1940, 264 Squadron ran into 12 He111s over Dunkirk, and with no fighters around they set about the Heinkels using their carefully rehearsed tactics.   My painting will show this combat using the C/O Sqn Ldr Phillip Hunter’s aircraft as the main subject.   More details in the next few days…

On Holiday!

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As Polish winters can be a bit nippy, we’ve taken the chance to escape to some winter sunshine in the Caribbean.  We’ll be in St Lucia until next weekend so please forgive any slow responses to emails over the last couple of weeks, we’re five hours behind here and I have absolutely no idea what day it is already!

RARE Veteran Signed prints found!

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Back in the 1990s I was very fortunate to have my work published by AVM ‘J E ‘Johnnie’ Johnson’s publishing company, Skyscapes Aviation Art.  Those were great days, Johnnie would brief me on the subject matter, I would paint the canvas and then Johnnie’s son Chris would publish the prints and drive them around Europe getting them hand signed by the famous veterans.  Those were the ‘glory days’ of the aviation art print market where we regularly sold out of editions of 1000 copies!  After Johnnie passed away, I took my percentage of prints and sold them very quickly as even by then, the rare signatures were becoming highly sought-after.

Now after almost 20 years, we’ve discovered a few remaining copies of those prints in mint condition and are pleased to be able to offer them for sale again here. These prints include the top seven-signature editions of Kameraden, Bismarck into Battle and Regensburg-No Place to Hide along with a few copies of Hunting Owls.  Don’t miss this unique chance to collect these rare signatures of men who sailed the Bismarck, commanded U-Boats and flew with JG26 against the 8th Air Force!  CLICK HERE for more details in our Special and Rare Items section.

Time To Go Timelapse – Part Two

…and finally, here is the second part of my timelapse work-in-progress video for the new painting ‘Time to Go’. It depicts a Lancaster of 460 Squadron, (ED664 ‘A Aussie’) just about to release the brakes and head for Berlin during the autumn of 1943. This is my own little tribute to an old friend of mine, Ted Groom who flew a lot of his first tour aboard ED664.
The original canvas is 44″ x 20″ is now available for sale, CLICK HERE for more details.   Limited edition prints are also now available for sale, CLICK HERE to purchase those.

FREE PRINT OFFER!

Until 1st January 2018 we will send a copy of ‘Back for Christmas’, a small 40cm x 35cm print, signed and numbered by the artist absolutely FREE with every order of ‘Time to Go’.

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