Saturday, 26 May 2018

How small can you go

When I think of aviation art I think of planes in flight, skies, of cloudscapes, of sweeping vistas - not always but mostly. While aviation art is obviously air craft themed it is also very much about  light and the skyscapes created. In consequence if a canvas is too small it becomes difficult to catch the essence of light and flight.


So how small can you go ? - for me it's a canvas size of 9" x 6" (23cm x 15cm) 


R for Roger 9"x6"


Working small has several significant benefits for me

  1. It forces me to work looser than is my natural style and inclination.

2. It does not take long to block in and then complete a piece when working small

3. It is an elegant way to test concepts and colour palettes, a more refined thumbnail sketch if you will.


Perhaps the most significant benefit to me however, is that with less time and effort being invested in the piece, I am far more willing to take risks with it, to experiment and to potentially ruin it as I try new ideas. It is liberating to be able to  commit paint to canvas without being overly concerned as to what the end result may look like, and this undoubtedly leads to better art.


Finally the last advantage of working small is that the price of these small pieces reflects their size, and so offers something for the collector working to a budget. 



F-4 colour study for By the Dawn's Early Light, 12"x8"


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Pete


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Navairart has a new home.


I'm excited to be able to announce that navairart.com has a new home. Please have a look and let me know what you think. And to celebrate I've reduced prices on some of the art available.



Monday, 23 October 2017

Estuary Foes


A pair of paintings showing the Short-184 and Hansa-Brandenburg W.12. Both these float planes operated in the area of the Thames Estuary, English Channel and North Sea during 1917/1918. In this instance the Short-184 was based at Westgate on Sea, while the W.12 operated out of Zeebrugge.

Both pieces are 12" x 6" Oil on panel and are available.

 Drop me an email if interested.



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Warparty Rocks


I've recently finished this small oil painting which shows the scene moments before Party 302 scores the aerial kill of a Syrian Su-22 over Raqqa, 18th June 2017




Oil on panel
18" x 9"

Warparty is the nickname of VFA-87 who currently fly the F-18E


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Fighting Snakes


I'm delighted to announce that "Fighting Snakes" has been accepted into the 2017 American Society of Aviation Artists International Aerospace Art Exhibition. This year's exhibition will hang at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA., and will run from May 22nd to Sept 3rd

 Fighting Snakes - A pilot with VT-7 makes his first solo carrier landing in a T-45C Goshawk.
Oil on board 18" x 9"

 This painting is available for purchase, - drop me an email if interested (it of course won't be available until after the exhibition ends.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

In Happier Times


Having not posted for too long here is my latest piece. A small colour study of two TBD-1 Devastators from Torpedo Squadron Six.


Oil on panel
12" x 8"
In Happier Times





Thursday, 25 September 2014

Patriotic Art Program

I'm delighted to be able to announce that a selection of my art is currently on display at the Pentagon as part of the current Pentagon Patriotic Art Program.


Needless to say this is a great honour and its humbling for my art to be on display alongside the other internationally renowned artists





Sunday, 4 August 2013

F-18 Colour Study


A quick piece worked up over the last few days, primarily worked alla prima.


18" x 9 "
Oil on board
Not quite complete, but available for purchase. Drop me an email if interested.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013



Open Edition Prints are now available via Fine Art America for the following three paintings

http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/pete+wenman/all

The Dogs of War



Devil Dog Takedown


Job Done