While waiting for paint to dry on current projects, I’ve been going through old work and checking for signs of life. Hence we see these two.
Up first is the BE2 Over Stonehenge from 2001-click the thumbnail to catch the entire painting, all 18″x24″of her spritzed, sprayed and slathered hardboard…… It was a fun painting to do and I learned things while doing it- for instance Stonehenge doesn’t look like this today! One mass of rock toppled over in 1797 and stayed where it plopped until 1957 when it was raised and reset. The painting shows it as it was in 1914. Things like this delight me and help keep the eye and mind fresh.
The painting has had a roller coaster life since being birthed in 2001. She was shown at the San Diego Aerospace Museum as part of my one-man exhibit that ran there from September 2002 through January 2003. After that, she hibernated for a couple of years until a poster company licensed her image for a year. I guess that was OK, but I didn’t renew the rights when the contract was up. Once again owning her completely, her image next appeared on the back cover of Cross & Cockade International Journal on the Winter 2005 issue, volume 36, number 4. where she gathered a bit more notoriety. Next, her original self popped up in the summer of 2006 in an exhibition of my WW I work held in conjunction with the staging of the musical play “Billy Bishop Goes To War” at the Colony Theatre in Burbank California. Her image was also worked into the graphic design of the play’s program and publicity. She’s been resting now for a few years and I’ve been toying with the idea of doing her up as small giglee print, something in the 13″x16″ size range and wobbling around the $30 price range, a little more, a little less.I don’t know- what do you think?
Next up is proof that though I may be most well known for my WW I work, I have done other things! I originally painted this Fw 190D in 1987 after first seeing this striking paint scheme in the Monogram Close-Up10 booklet on the Fw 190D. It was a great experiment in red glazes and undershading! Her public debut was in 1991 when I entered her in the big annual EAA art competition and she was one of the winners. This took all 24″x30″ of her to Oshkosh for a year where she was seen by thousands of folks. After that she went into hibernation until about 2000 when she woke up and realized she needed some correction. The pressure for correction had been building for some time. In the years since ’87, new information about these red-bottomed beauties had appeared, notably in 1993 with the publication of a decal sheet and booklet from Experten Aviation Historical research out of Calgary Canada. Their publication History, Camouflage and Markings of JV 44 and JG 6 Focke-Wulf 190 D-9s was a gold mine of great new material. That cooked in my head for a few years then the web explosion filled in a few more missing bits and I was ready to strip off her varnish and give her a makeover. The corrections were somewhere between “tweeking” and “patching”, but they were necessary to my eye. She’s not perfect, but she’s alot better. Her re-debut came with the aformentioned San Diego show. But that’s been about it for any major showings. We’ve aired her out at a couple of local events for a day or two, but nothing major. The entire painting has never been printed, no mass publication at all. The airplane- JUST the airplane was excised and cobbled into a 5″x7″ print one year for an airshow where we doing the vendor thing. Only five copies were made and that was it- and these were sold to kids as a “gateway drug” to get them hooked on aviation history and art. Mostly she’s been hanging on a dim wall in a backroom for years and has rarely been seen even by visitors….until recently. Out of the blue, week before last, somebody bought her! Shock. Stunned amazement. Gasping. In this economy it’s close to a true miracle for anyone to buy an expensive original. Yet it happened. BUT, in all this time, I never had her image professionally captured. The client agreed to let me have her for a few more days for cleaning and scanning. I deframed and cleaned her, then off she went to get flat-bedded at Paradigm Imaging Group in Costa Mesa California. ( BTW, an unsolicited plug for these guys- they do fine,FINE work see www.paradigmimaging.com). She returned from that experience and is now happily hanging in her new home and I have a fabulous near-200meg tiff file that I’m contemplating. It’s odd to have her rocket back into my brain after years of benign neglect. If the economy was better she might well have ended up as a full-blown large lithograph……..but that’s not terribly feasible these days….yet people still need plenty of brightly colored airplane pictures hanging on their walls so I’m thinking about doing this one up as another small giglee, again about in 13″x15″ range, again flopping around the $30 price bracket. And again, I don’t know- what do you think?
And IF I do print these two, and IF you join my mailing list, you’ll get some sort of cheesy discount when ( and if) they first appear……..( and that List stays HERE- we share it with no one).
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P.S. Williams Brothers racer count for those of you keeping score- 2 1/2 down, 4 1/2 to go