View Full Version : "Valiant in Service"

09-12-2012, 08:34 AM
This is on my easel now. It will depict an air tanker dropping retardant on a forest fire. C&c welcome.


Rob't Emmet
09-12-2012, 08:36 AM
I don't see the image with your last post, but am looking forward to seeing it.

09-12-2012, 09:28 PM
I was posting with an ipad and having some difficulty. You should be able to see the image now.

09-12-2012, 11:56 PM
Did a little more. Here it is: BTW, Oil on gallery panel canvas 10 X 20.


09-13-2012, 07:10 AM
:) Looking forward to seeing it progress.

09-13-2012, 11:45 PM
Did some more work. Lots to do. Here is an update.


09-14-2012, 04:06 AM
Comeing along nicely - exciting action sceen. All the smoke seems to be completly covering the trees. Does it need the suggestion of a few more on right and under plane? Arnie

09-14-2012, 07:47 AM
Arnie, thanks for looking. Yes, there will be more work on all areas of the painting. I like to work across multiple areas, rather than focus on any one thing at a time.

09-14-2012, 10:17 AM
This is a good start. My crit would be that the plane is too far forward--it's already flying out of the picture, taking my eye with it.

09-14-2012, 09:48 PM

When it is finished, I promise your eye will return to the canvas :)

Rob't Emmet
09-15-2012, 12:28 AM
Very painterly and worth waiting for the picture to load here. There are a lot of really nice things happening, I like the suggestion of more trees that are obscured by smoke and haze. Sometimes these fire events create their own weather, as suggested is beginning in the background. I have been 'slimed' on the ground by that phos-chek fire retardant from such a drop. Your painting reminds me of the smell of the wildland fire smoke, the sweat and the sounds of being on the fireline and having one of those air tankers thundering overhead. It creates an emotional visceral response in this viewer and I can't wait to the see more as you work on it.

09-15-2012, 07:42 AM
Thanks for the fine compliments Robert. Many years ago (1979) I saw a tanker plane up close, making drops on a forest fire in the Walker River Gorge in Western Nevada. It was amazing how dangerously close to the clif walls and trees they would approach before releasing the slurry on the flames. I guess the image stuck with me all these years and now is coming alive on the canvas. Stay tuned. I'm out for a plain air this morning so it may be a day or so for an update.

09-17-2012, 10:49 PM
Not finished yet, but did some more work. Lots more to do. Just keeping y'all updated.


09-20-2012, 10:19 AM
Not finished yet. More changes.


09-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Nice work Revilo, very exciting image
What sort of Aircraft is this? When you started I thought it was a Douglas A-26, later the B-26.

09-20-2012, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the compliment, Andrew. The plane is (eventually will resemble, I hope) a PB4Y-2 Privateer, built by Consolidated. It is a variant of the B-24 Liberator--very similar but without the two vertical stabilizers in the back. After WWII, there were six of them converted from warplanes to aerial tankers to fight forest fires in the USA. They provided Valiant Service in that capacity for many years but they were all grounded in 2002, when one crashed, killing the two crew while fighting a fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA.

I saw one, many years ago, fighting a fire and I guess it made quite an impression, because here I am painting it now.

Wikipedia has a good article on this plane.

09-21-2012, 03:10 AM
Ah of course :)
Well after over 50 years flying I guess they were due for retirement.
Looking forward to the finished painting

09-26-2012, 10:59 PM
Well, I finally got back to this one and did LOTS more work on it. If I had it to do over again, I would have done it much larger because it was difficult working on the small 10 X 20 canvas. I'm pretty close to done other than pecking at the nits. C&C welcome.


09-26-2012, 11:54 PM