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Flight Operations Cancelled
Airplane Oil painting
With the approach of severe weather, all flight operations today have been called off. It is time to get everything tied down and wait out the storm. Oil on Canvas panel
Dusk Flight Oil on canvas panel
A formation training flight of AT-6s. Original-sold
Gallery of Aviation Paintings
Here is a sampling of my oil paintings of airplanes. I focus mainly on piston engine aircraft from the 1930's to the 1950s.
Painting airplanes provides some special challenges and opportunities. Airplanes can be viewed from any point in three dimensional space, creating almost an unlimited set of possibilities for the artist. The weather and sky conditions are an important part of the story conveyed by the painting, and those conditions conditions have an enormous impact on the appearance of the aircraft. Flying boats, such as the Martin M-130 shown below, also provide the opportunity to incorporate water in the painting.
Tropical Waters Oil on stretched canvas 18 x 24 inches.
Seaplane Oil Painting
It is 1938, and a Martin M-130 rocks at anchor in a quiet tropical lagoon. Flying boats like the M-130 pioneered commercial air travel across the Pacific during the 1930s. Carrying mail and passengers, they used remote islands of the Pacific as refueling and rest stops.
Flight Line Oil on Masonite 13 x 24 inches
Aviation Oil Painting
After a summer shower, the wet concrete shows a bright reflection.
The Vindicator Oil canvas panel 9 x 12 inches.
This is a small preliminary painting of the Vaught SBU-2 Vindicator. The SBU-2 was a pre-war aluminum and fabric covered scout bomber, and was obsolete by the outbreak of the was in the Pacific..
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