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  • 1batfastard
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2013
    • 3423

    Hi All,
    Well he's finished it another true masterpiece especially for the Jaguar connoisseur....

    From Michaels Facebook page 14/05. "THE LAST SORTIE OF JAGUAR XZ378" is now complete and with my printer for photography and proofing. The text and titling block has been endlessly edited but this is probably the final version: THE LAST SORTIE OF JAGUAR XZ378
    Jaguar GR1A XZ378 EP No.6 Sqn, RAF Coltishall, flew into retirement on 31 May 1990. The last sortie was flown by the artist as the Bounce on a 4-aircraft low level attack mission during which he earned his 2000 Hours+ Jaguar badge. Jaguar XZ378 is now in the Langdon Private Collection.

    Here is the finished painting with the beautiful Frinton Gallery handmade frame prepared for it.
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    Well done Michael another excellent creation......

    Geoff.

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    • trumper
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2003
      • 6718

      WOW ,What a talented chap ,a pilot and an artist crikey.

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      • 1batfastard
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2013
        • 3423

        Hi All,
        Missed these two excellent pieces of artwork from John D Shaw released 06 & 20/04 via his Facebook page, both available now at various outlets ...........

        Return to Kimbolton

        Flying Fortresses of the 379th Bomb Group head home, escorted by P-51s of the 4th Fighter Group, following a 1944 mission into Germany. Based at Kimbolton, the 379th flew more sorties and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other group in the Mighty 8th Air Force. Carol Dawn, the lead plane in this painting, flew over 120 missions, the third highest of its group, before returning intact... to the U.S. after completing its tours of duty with multiple crews during the second World War. Four squadrons made up the 379th, including the 524th, 525th, 526th & 527th, and logged some of the most colorful and celebrated missions of any American heavy bomber unit.

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        Alpine Eagles

        As the paratroopers of the101st Airborne tour the newly-liberated Eagles Nest, flyboys of the 325th Fighter Group, the famed Checkertail Clan, buzz past with a waveThe feeling in the air was electric when American troops reached Berchtesgaden, Germany in early May 1945. Once, these Alps were Flak Alley, but now the war in Europe is won and this storybook land is again a playground. Nazi Gemany... has finally surrendered, and the sound of gunfire has been replaced by the pop of champagne bottles. American pilots can now soar without looking over their shoulders. Victory is here. Originally commissioned as a companion drawing to accompany the print The Eagles Nest, published by Valor Studios in 2009, Alpine Eagles now comes to life as a colorful limited edition in print and custom oil-accented canvas.

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        Geoff.
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        • 1batfastard
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2013
          • 3423

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          Mark Postlethwaite has activated his paint brushes again the beginnings of a new BOB work of art during artist in residency at Bentley Priory.

          (Via his FB page:- https://www.facebook.com/MarkPostlethwaiteGAvA


          Geoff.
          Last edited by 1batfastard; 3rd June 2019, 17:28.

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          • 1batfastard
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2013
            • 3423

            Hi All,
            Things have moved on apace with Mr Postlwhwaite's latest BOB painting.....

            Day .3.
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            Day.4. (Clearly even the best of us have off days Ref his comments below....

            Day four at Bentley Priory Museum and a much quieter day, giving me chance to start work on the rest of the 70+ aircraft. The concept is to show every squadron that took part in the Battle under Fighter Command. Clearly I didn't think this one through as I'm now faced with painting 70+ roundels! Tomorrow morning at 11am I'm doing a 45 minute talk which is open to all visitors. No idea what I'll be talking about yet, but this the boy who revised for his 'O' levels on the bus to school on the day of the exam.
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            Another classic creation from Mark...........

            Geoff.

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            • trumper
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2003
              • 6718

              I would love to see how he works ,acrylic dries almost instantly.

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              • 1batfastard
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2013
                • 3423

                Hi All,
                trumper:- Why not email him and ask when his next tutorial with GAVA will be ? He usually responds......

                Geoff.

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                • 1batfastard
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2013
                  • 3423

                  Hi All,
                  Thoughts on this pair of images ?

                  First is a video of Simon Atacks latest creation - SKYTRAIN TO DESTINY., secondly Robert Taylors -"D-DAY DROP STICK". Is it fair to say that one is a panoramic piece and the other a close up ? In my opinion they complement each other but what do you all think ?



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                  • 1batfastard
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2013
                    • 3423

                    Hi All,
                    Wayde Meysers is at it again this time a WW1 work of art, courtesy of:- http://www.facebook.com/Wade.Meyers.Studios/

                    18/06

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                    Plugging away at the little landscape details in the monochromatic underpainting. I am doing a good bit of 'rethinking' as I work vs my concept drawings ... I have to say that I'm having so much fun creating the scene from scratch that I will be doing more of these again. For fun, the original reference photo I shot in Colorado years ago is in the comments.

                    I am occasionally questioned about putting so much work into what will eventually be 99% covered up. The answer is very simple - the goal is not to reproduce later every brush stroke in color. Rather, if I can bring this oil underpainting to a high finished - and well thought out, tweaked, and squinted and cussed at level it will serve at the master refined concept for the overlaid color layers. When finished, I'll photograph the underpainting at high res and have it handy on my Mac as I mix and apply colors. This is in addition to the obvious advantages of having a tonal foundation and context - and lovely mild layer of impasto - in place to serve the final layers.

                    Now, I need a little help. It's 1918, we're at an airfield in France, and I want a small hand-painted sign in French at one point of the airfield boundary at canvas bottom right (note pencil pointing at the blank sign). Something short and quick in French referring to "Airfield - Keep Out," or something like that. Suggestions that won't sound like I pulled it off Google Translate?

                    Geoff.

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                    • Canopener Al
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 282

                      Originally posted by 1batfastard View Post
                      Hi All,
                      Canopener Al - It's shame it will be his last Jaguar work as he mentioned when first starting the composition. I really like his work and have a number of his Remarques I do though think he has a couple of aircraft missing from his portfolio or rather what I think would make a great addition and they are his shepherding of an SR-71 and I think he would do a lovely B-52 maybe a B58 Hustler ?

                      I suppose though you could go on forever on what particular aircraft he would make a very good composition and I think that the majority these days are commissions ?

                      Anyway here is another update on this lovely piece of artwork courtesy of :- http://www.facebook.com/MikeRondot

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                      Geoff.
                      I have brought a copy off Mike. XZ378 looks so much like XX741. Then again I went to Mikes lovely cottage, had a cup of tea, picked up my print and other stuff for something in the pipeline. BTW, the original was a comission for the owner of XZ378, a lovely man that has helped me with a massive donation for XX741 work.
                      BCWM Jaguar GR1A XX741 restoration

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                      • 1batfastard
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jan 2013
                        • 3423

                        Hi All,
                        Yes he has always been very agreeable and kind when I have bought his prints and added Remarques, I did suggest a while back when contacting him he should paint his personal memory of escorting the SR-71 with another Jag (Ref his picture he published on his FB page). I think it would end up a stunning piece to add to his ever growing portfolio and of course the venerable B-52 he has to be in the top two or three in the world for his realism when painting modern aircraft.

                        Just a top bloke to deal with full stop...

                        Geoff.

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                        • trumper
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2003
                          • 6718

                          A BUMP as this is just over a week away http://www.gava.org.uk/annual-summer-exhibition Aviation Paintings of the Year, 2019

                          The Guild of Aviation Artists' 49th Annual Summer Exhibition The Mall Galleries, near Admiralty Arch, London SW1 22nd - 28th July 2019

                          Public Opening Times
                          Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat 10am - 5pm
                          Thurs 10am - 8pm
                          Sunday 10am - 12.30pm
                          ADMISSION FREE

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                          • 1batfastard
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2013
                            • 3423

                            Hi All,
                            I had an email from Keith Woodcock the other day telling me his entry into this years 2019 awards and I just love it, I think the painting captures the atmosphere perfectly 10/10 IMHO. (Edit SOLD!) ............

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                            (Early Morning Start)

                            Geoff.



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                            • 1batfastard
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2013
                              • 3423

                              Hi All,
                              Well I am a bit late with this, Smon Atack has been busy again here his latest masterpiece and one for the Spit enthusiast courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/SimonAtack/....

                              High And Mighty.
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                              30 July at 17:30
                              That's about it folks. Apart from the wing stencil line to line in when fully dry, there is nothing more I can add to this Spitfire and its story. There are per...haps, a couple or so more Spitfires to add in support, as Johnny describes a typical fighter-patrol roster he so often led, and as a tribute to the incredible fighting spirit of the Royal Canadian Air Force Spitfire pilots who formed 144 and 127 Wings. Under Johnny Johnson's leadership.

                              WING LEADER. (Rough draught).
                              Oils on canvas. 24x36ins.
                              High in the clouds above Normandy post D-Day, Wing Commander James Edgar ""Johnny" Johnson, flying his personal Spitfire lX MK392 JE-J and his wingman lead a combat air patrol of all-Canadian 144 Wing Spitfire IXs searching for Luftwaffe fighters while covering the Allied ground advance. Johnny Johnson was one of the greatest aces and most successful Wing Leaders of the Northwest European Theatre. From his initial combat service with 616 Sqn. flying the Spitfire 1a in December 1940 he proved himself a determined and courageous fighter pilot.

                              His first victory was achieved flying a Spitfire lla shooting down a Bf109E over northern France on 26 June 1941. On several occasions at this period he flew as wingman to Douglas Bader. A year later, June 1942, his score stood at seven enemy destroyed one shared and was promoted to Squadron Leader taking command of 610 Sqn equipped with the Spitfire V. His promotion to Wing Commander in March 1943 saw him take command of his first all-Canadian unit, the Kenley Wing, flying the supremely beautiful and powerful Spitfire IX.

                              Johnson was to prove especially adept with this marque of Spitfire for the remainder of his active combat service. Over the next 6 months a further 14 victories was added to his tally. In March 1944 he took command of 144 Wing comprised of 3 RCAF squadrons. He led this unit during the Normandy invasion and on into the first critical weeks of the campaign. His unit was the first to operate from a base on Normandy soil since Overlord began, at B3 Croix Sur Mer under his call sign 'Greycap Leader'. In August 1944 the wing disbanded and Johnson took over command of 127 Wing RCAF where he remained until early 1945. On 6 April 1945 he was promoted to Group Captain, commanding 127 Wing reformed with flying the Spitfire MkXlV. At war's end his total score stood at 34 enemy aircraft destroyed plus 7 shared destroyed and 5 probably destroyed. 1 shared destroyed on the ground.

                              27 of Johnson's air-to-air kills were scored with the Spitfire Mk.lX and at least 12 of them are recorded with this Spitfire IX, MK392; making Johnson the top scoring British Spitfire pilot of the war. All but one of his tally (a Bf110) were single engine German fighters. After the war, Johnson remained in the Service and reached the rank of Air Vice Marshal, retiring from the RAF in 1966.

                              His Spitfire IX MK392 brought Johnson his final Victory; a Bf109 over Rees during a sortie in the area of Arnhem. The 12th victory recorded for this fighter under Johnson's control. But later, while operating with 401 Sqn. she was involved in a crash and destroyed in the ensuing fire.

                              C. Simon W. Atack 2019


                              Geoff.

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                              • 1batfastard
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2013
                                • 3423

                                Hi All,
                                Simon Atack is a busy boy again this courtesy of:- http://www.facebook.com/SimonAtack "COBBER". / ENTER THE LUFTWAFFE.
                                Bf109E Emil "White 3" of FELDWEBBEL WEIGELT. Led by HAUPTMANN WERNER MOLDERS. Bf109E. "Black Chevron-Triangle" Commanding Officer... lll/JG53 "PIK-AS" (Ace of Spades). Trier-Euren. March 1940. Tail Swastika will be painted when tail dries off. I don't airbrush history to be politically correct.

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                                Geoff.

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