View Full Version : Hurricane over the French coastline.

Chas McHugh
08-22-2012, 02:09 AM
Whilst we are blowing the cobwebs off older works, here is one of mine that is new to WC. It depicts a Hurricane fighter overhead Mt St Micheal in France. The background story was of a fighter waiting to hook up with an unarmed Lysander and escort it across the English Channel. I also did a Lysander painting at about the same time.

....and the Lysander to go with it.


The Lysander would have been much better had the aerplane been situated 3mm higher in the canvas. Part of the learning process I guess.

08-22-2012, 05:47 AM
Two good paintings Chas - I don't see anything to change in the Lysandeer - captures a typical moment in time perfectly.

08-22-2012, 07:38 AM
Two excelent paintings, I think if you are really that upset about the 3mm error, you would have changed it by now
Keep 'em comin'

08-22-2012, 09:51 AM
Me gustan las dos pinturas realmente magníficas. Claro, que si tuviera que elegir, me quedo con el Hurricane y el Mont Sant Michel...

08-22-2012, 10:42 AM
Wonderful paintings Jim.

A promininet aviation artist once said he just paints a landscape and put an airplane in it.

wonderful landscapes with airplanes. :thumbsup:

Chas McHugh
08-22-2012, 12:33 PM

It is the horizon, or rather the impression that the Lysander is landing on the horizon that is the problem. The quick fix solution would have been to leave the aircraft and lower the horizon so that the wheels appear in airspace. It is not such an issue 'in the flesh' and the horizon is so low in the composition that I didnt feel I had the scope to sucessfully change it, so I put it down to a lesson learnt even if I quite like the painting.

I particulary like the impression of a dawn sky and note that the cloudscapes are not too different even if the time of day is. After all the Lysander had to get from wherever its field was to the coast to meet up with the Hurricane. The Hurricane has a Rotal propeller hub which is uncommon to type. Another learning point for me was to exercise caution when taking excursions off piste away from stereotypical norms as even if correct, they may appear to someone unaware of the variations as being wrong.

This was one of my first ventures into glazing, a technique that I now embrace, which is how the mists of the river were created.