The first print run has arrived and boy do they look good. Colour and values are spot on which is a testimony to the skills of the printer (and aviation artist in his own right) Tom Smith
This is a limited edition of 165 giclee prints, given the Intruder is from VA-165. Print size is 30.5 X 24 inches. The border is 2 inches (2.5” at the bottom), so the the actual image size is 20 X 26 inches. Price is $115, or $165 for a remarqued version. P&P included, payment via paypal. Please drop me an email if interested, or have any questions.
I've several remarque prints already ordered, and I'll upload images of the remarques once they are complete.
The original painting is also availabe, 36 x 28 inches, oil on canvas. If interested please drop me a line.
Planning and drawing is still underway for the P-47 takeoff, but I could not go any longer without actually putting some paint on canvas. Rather than rush the main compostion and regret it later I decided that a colour study of the main subject aircraft was the thing to do. The study would allow me to slap some paint around, but it will also serve me well when painting the same aircraft on the main canvas.
It took 10 minutes or so the transfer the drawing to a sheet of unmounted canvas (10"x12"), which I then covered with a thin wash of acrylic burnt sienna. This serves the dual purpose of sealing in the pencil drawing, and also taking away the brightness of the white canvas.
A couple of hours later.
Just so you can understand what you are seeing here, this P-47 was painted in a matt black finish (it's suggested with a purple tinge). Given this is only a study its aim is to help me establish, values and colours. I choose to mix a black from the three primary colours, and the whole thing has been painted only with these primaries (Ultramarine Blue, Madder and Cadmium Light Yellow) together with white.
While there remains a lot more to do, I'm pleased with the progress. Once dry I will glaze the black areas in order to unify the colours, before adding the highlights.
Pete is a UK based artist who has always loved aircraft, but only started painting them in the last few years. Born and bought up in Kent where he still lives he is surrounded by aviation history. The site of Bleriots landing following his historic flight is only 20 miles away, while he can look out from his studio towards a Bf109 crash site, and Reculver Bay where the Dambusters of 617 Squadron practiced with the bouncing bomb.
Since an early age Pete loved to paint. However in 2006 the felt he needed a new challenge, and his love of aircraft and a desire to paint on canvas led him to try his hand at aviation art. The learning curve was steep initially however he joined both the Guild of Aviation Artists, and the American Society of Aviation Artists, which provided support, guidance and critique.
In 2007 he was awarded a Silvers Founders medal from the ASAA, while in 2009 he won second place and an honourable mention for the two pieces entered into the 2009 National Museum of Naval Aviation Art contest. He also had paintings accepted into the 2009, 2010 and 2011 ASAA juried art exhibitions.