Latest magazine work

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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.

A Live Work in Progress

My wife Asia reminded me that it was about time I did a new Christmas painting, so with the next Osprey cover painting being delayed, I decided to take the chance and painting something ‘Christmassy’!

I’m working on it now and have decided to feature it as a live work in progress both on my Facebook site and here under ‘The Art’ menu above.

Below is the progress so far, click on the image to go to the Work in Progress page.

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I’ll post new updates every day this week. Canvas size is 30″ x 14″

New/Old Spitfire print!

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I’ve just found a packet of these prints that have been in my studio since 2005.  It depicts the Rolls-Royce Spitfire PS853 over Stonehenge in winter 1945.  I’ve never advertised these for sale before as I received 100 prints as part of the commissioned deal, but then forgot to upload them to my website.  As it’s a snowy picture, it seems appropriate to ‘launch’ this new/old print on the run up to Christmas.  click on the image for more details.

Also uploaded are a couple of rare signed prints from the RLM Collection (Me262 and BF109), see the special and rare items section for more details.

Visit to Cosford

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I’m currently contemplating painting a Dornier 17Z as the next aircraft in the RLM Collection series, so today I took a trip with a couple of old friends over to Cosford to view their Do17. As many of you will know, it was recovered from the English Channel earlier this year and is now in special spray tunnels being washed to slowly remove the salt from the wreckage. It’s a very impressive sight, not only the amount of wreckage recovered, but also its condition having been lifted from the sea bed. This photo shows the centre section and engines being sprayed with water; the fuselage is in the adjacent polytunnel receiving the same treatment!

Display problems

I’ve recently heard from a visitor to our website that the graphics aren’t displaying correctly in IE11. If you’ve come across a similar problem please let me know as the site works perfectly well in older version of IE as well as Firefox, Chrome etc. The main symptoms appear to be text appearing on top of other text and odd layout issues. Thanks!

Latest magazine covers

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There are two magazines featuring my work on the cover this month.  First is Britain at War  featuring my ‘Stuka in my Sights’ painting which was based upon me asking Wing Commander Tom Neil what his most memorable day was!

The second magazine is the German Flugzeug Classic which features a very old painting of mine of a Messerschmitt Bf109T.  If you think the wings look a bit long then you’re right, the 109T was designed to operate from the aircraft carrier ‘Graf Zeppelin’ and was given an extended wingspan to improve take-off.  These rare aircraft mostly ended up operating in Norway after the aircraft carrier project was abandoned.

New Original Painting

I’ve just completed this, the latest piece of cover art for Osprey. It depicts an MS. 406 shooting down a He111 at dawn on 10th May 1940. It’s one of my first ever paintings of a French aircraft so it was quite a challenge, especially with the French habit of listing all the aircraft type details on the fin in very small text! The original is now for sale, follow this link to see full details.

 
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Original Painting Free Prize Draw

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we are running a free prize draw for a chance to win this dramatic original Spitfire painting.
Painted for the cover of Osprey’s American Spitfire Aces of WWII book in 2007, it depicts Major Frank Hill of the 31st FG shooting down a Macchi 202 near Tunis on 6th May 1943, in Spitfire ER187 WZ-C.
All you need to do is to order anything from the website from now until Sunday 15th December. Your name will automatically be entered into the draw and the winner will be announced here on Monday 16th December.
For more information click on the prize draw link at the very top of the page.

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Welcome to my new website!

After months of work, including resampling all the 200+ painting images, I’m delighted to be able to unveil my new website here at markpostlethwaite.com.

You’ll find lots of new and old prints that were never shown on my previous website, plus new originals and some new prices as well. I’m still working on the background pages but the main work is now complete.

Please have a browse and let me know what you think, if you find anything that doesn’t work, do let me know!