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Old 06-08-2018, 05:10 AM
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Battle of Britain painting

inherited a few bits and bobs from a deceased aviation artist , one of which is a started work examining it it would seem his idea was for a battle of Britain painting over dover harbour and the seven sisters .. ( that's what looks to tie in anyway ) first off was to get the canvas in shape after rough storage ( there are dents and scratches ) the actual painted surface was washed to remove dirt and the rear of the canvas was wetted so on shrinking back would remove the dents



next up was what to do ???? I doubt very much he intended it to be one solitary hurricane ... but then was he intending all friendly aircraft or friendly and enemy ?? was it just going to be fighters ?? or fighters and bombers ?? ........ well I went for a group of hurricanes being bounced by a couple of me 109s /// so I photoshopped something together from my own photo libraries of real and model aircraft



once canvas was dry and dents had shrunk out work began on painting , bearing in mind not straying too far away from the original artists work as what was there was a good basic idea and has potential so the basic sky was given a smooth graduated sky base using a little viridian in the mid ground to give some punch whilst taking care not to over power it then cloud detail put in using zinc white and paynes grey to give highlights and shadow using it to cover scratched areas


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Old 06-08-2018, 05:33 AM
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Re: Battle of Britain painting

I was taken aback when I saw the "lake snow effect" from the air. It was much like a mountain. Although air and the pilots just flew right over. This sort of has the same look.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:41 PM
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Re: Battle of Britain painting

progress so far scratches touched up and all ellements drawn on and starting to paint . it is hard to know exactly where the deceased was aiming to go but hope I do it justice

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Re: Battle of Britain painting

These are nice, you need to blur your edges, there are no hard edges in oil painting, unless of course you are Picasso.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:16 AM
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bit of an update . working in-between commissions so slow progress

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It is coming along very nicely! Don't forget to paint the pilots... those planes don't fly by remote control ;P
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