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Old 05-22-2019, 12:24 PM
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

Repair the edges evolved into:


I am rebuilding the primary aircraft and today repainted the tail assembly. The driver in this decision was me recalling my own flying days when aircraft in formation at any distance at all appear like silhouettes regardless of the light of the day; so a darker toned aircraft against a lighter skyscape is the way I should have painted the composition from the onset. Once the Canberra is complete; I shall do the same to the Phantom in addition to adding a second Phantom in the distance. I'll get there in the end - meanwhile I am considering several options for my next summer project but have not yet decided what it will be, other than it will almost certainly be a WWII ground based scene.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.



What needed repainting on the Canberra has now been done successfully in my opinion. I will do similar with the Phantom mindful of that not taking over the painting. I am happy with the painting thus far and it will be finished against a timeline next week.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

You really didn't like doing that one Ö it stands out a mile
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

The Phantom might have worked better banked to starboard , breaking hard . Bit late in the day for me to say such but it feels a bit static as is .
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

Gollum: Yes it has not been a favourite for many reasons and I have never really engaged emotionally with the painting at all.


Neil: Absolutely correct - but I have been a prisoner to reality and a head on intercept is very much a 'set piece' as our footballing friends would say.




The Phantom has been repainted and all that remains on the whole painting is some minor details and a little glazing. That both aircraft have been repainted totally means that the glazing process will be much less than originally intended. I need a title for the painting; and whilst "Hello sailor" has been suggested already - I suspect it will be 'Identified ~ Friendly Foe'
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

I have to say the painting and skill side is excellent but for me it isn't the best one for the eye to look at compositionally.If the owner to be is happy then that's great .Sometimes your hands are tied still something to be proud of.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

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Neil: Absolutely correct - but I have been a prisoner to reality and a head on intercept is very much a 'set piece' as our footballing friends would say.


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I thought that was maybe the case - Having watched OCU Javelins run repetitive PI's over our village in the 60's I know how prescribed the formula can be . I envied the guys up there - but also wondered if they were bored witless at times .
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

Interesting how you fought this painting. Your client will be happy though.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

I think the painting looks much better with Canberra on its own without the F4.
360 sqn had a special moth for its colours that could jam the signals of Bats who had them on their menu. Their squadrons role was to jam the enemies radar so probably the F4s job would be a bit more challenging to catch them. Maybe a simple title like "Gotcha!" would be appropriate.
Again I would love that painting on my wall without the F4s.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

Maybe if they had both been going in the same direction it would have been more comfortable to view. I think, subconsciously this is a blink of an eye situation. If you were where the view point is, flying alongside the Canberra, I doubt you would even see the Phantom, here and gone in the blink of an eye.
All the elements are as always A1+ maybe just a 'punctuation' mark missing!.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

I think there is some merit in a painting that makes you feel uncomfortable and asking questions - a bit like the theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The rate of closure of the pair would be mouth watering yet anyone who has watched Top Gun has seen the same scenario on their TV/Cinema screen. I think the best element of this painting is that a story will not be lost as I am not even sure if modern day fighters practise this protocol. When I was in Germany; the target was a Dornier DO28 - whose drone got on my nerves, so Neil - I am envious of you having witnessed Javelins doing this.
There is only a days work left to do and I will be very happy to see the end of it.
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Well there you go, shows you how much I know about art. As Iíve always said though Iím a painter not an artist. Iím a great believer in if it looks right, it probably is right. So I donít agree with you Chas. Yes if there is something in a painting that makes you 'wonder' about it, fine, makes you work at it a bit. This one, as I said (in my opinion) Just doesnít sit right, for me.
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An oil painting finished today depicting the airborne intercept of an RAF Canberra T17 electronic countermeasures training aircraft by a Royal Navy F4 Phantom air defence fighter aircraft. If I am honest; I did not enjoy painting this not least because of numerous external factors that ensured my mission bubble was continually broken. That phase is done - as is the painting; and I look forward to engaging with a new challenge very soon. 30"x20" oil on canvas.
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Re: Feb 2019 - BAC Canberra T17 W.I.P.

A lot of hard work but it's paid off Chas . The detail on the F4 brings it to a satisfactory conclusion for me .
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