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12-29-2016, 08:27 PM
Phew! having finished that portrait piece (finally!!) I can start my picture for the Ohakea exhibition in late Feb.

Its from a reference photo I took myself in the 60's I think (its becoming a blur!!) at an airshow when the syhawks were shiny and new and people clustered to see them. So potentially a very static boring profile picture but its the people in the foreground that to me really enhances the composition. Each one is different and each is a great example of Kiwi summer spectator in jandals (flip flops), shorts (love the girl in the centre!) and young kids. Lots of detail in them!

Well here's image #1 after about 4 hours... The sky has already been done twice! and the ground needs toning down too.

Its acrylic on a 24 x 18 inch stretched box canvas and Im looking eagerly forward to using my next week off to get into it.


12-30-2016, 11:55 AM
:) A good start.We sometimes forget that without people aircraft are just inanimate objects however good looking.

12-30-2016, 11:18 PM
eight people, six weeks... so I'd better get cracking..

Love doing this one.. feels 'right' to me. The people give scale to what is supposedly a wee 'scooter'. Looks pretty large to me! Serendipitous that the large white mats on the ground angle in to the plane too.


12-31-2016, 05:54 AM
Aviation fans would probably hate the aircraft being obstructed by people but artists look at them as a challenge and a composition.

12-31-2016, 10:04 AM
I really like the composition you've decided on. Including the people adds interest to the work and to me, evokes the time period as well. It seems to me that almost everyone was interested in aircraft back then and airshows attracted people from all walks of life.

The good thing about the Skyhawk is that it sits up high enough on it's gear that you can still see most of the aircraft even with the people in front of it. I'm enjoying watching this one progress.

01-01-2017, 07:49 PM
I like the people faminz. Adds interest.

01-01-2017, 11:29 PM
Whew! amazing what a deadline does for productivity! :angel:

First layer of green done today and quite a few people sorted.


sorry how the color intensity etc changes.. I simply haul the canvas to the door of the garage and snap a photo.. depending on the sunlight it gets better or worse. I tweak it a bit with photoshop to get closer to the real colors but...

quick question.. and I realise its really a bit early for this but whats the first thing your eye alights on? :wink2:

01-02-2017, 07:25 AM
I did wonder about finishing the people then the difficulty in painyting around them for the aircraft.
To be honest my eye doesn't "settle" on anything at the moment but the people are much more prominent than the aircraft at this time in the W I P..
I like this and it will be fun to watch and hopefully fun for you as well. :)

01-02-2017, 05:49 PM
At the moment my eyes are pulled to those people standing on the left.

01-10-2017, 10:47 PM
Powering on... at least an hour every evening... detail detail detail!


will hit the plane much more over the weekend, then glazing, scanning and framing..

Im kind of hoping the eye goes to those shorts (in the middle)! :angel:

01-27-2017, 07:56 PM
Hooray, completed!
signed, sealed and scanned.


hope you all like it?

01-28-2017, 05:20 AM

01-28-2017, 03:00 PM
That is so good ,you don't have to like aircraft to like this so it will tick alot of boxes. :)

01-28-2017, 05:51 PM
Very nice - I like the sharp colours .

01-29-2017, 09:07 PM
Very very nice!

01-30-2017, 01:17 PM
That looks, really, really great! Love the detail on the people and the varying depth of the crowd. This is an excellent portrayal and it's something different, which is always good!

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