First, a big thank you to Joe, Peggy, Pie, Hal, Chris, Libby, CJ, JS, DHB, Tina, Bud, Hank, everyone…. for your comments, helpful criticisms and encouragement on my art. You all played a very important part in helping me bring my art to the current level.
The one below is my latest painting. It is based off two black and white photographs. Then I did some research and found out the most likely colors. The airplane photo did not list it’s type, we think its an S.E. 5 (thanks to RHT) probably a 1915 model. I also believe that’s a V8 engine with the heads sticking out of the cowling.
What I tried to achieve in this painting: A sense of altitude (2000′) with believable clouds. I wanted the airplane wings to reflect light through them. See the shadow of the machine gun? Light direction and shadows in a painting are critical. Tried to achieve a sense of motion, did it work? I also wanted a balanced painting, weighted between clouds, plane and balloon and the last thing was loitering time. This is where your eyes go from one small object to the next and you start noticing all the little things. When you start doing that I know I did a good painting.
Ok, Pie I did what I could on the drag stick and I also added more support wires and louvers on the lower portion of the cowling. Tried to make the balloon more authentic too.