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February 9, 2018 - 3:23 pm
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Hi there,

This is a commission I completed at the end of last year for one of ehanger’s regulars ‘fuzzy’, aka Kurt. It depicts P-38s from the 12th FS\18th FG during a low level fighter sweep over El Nido during 1945.

Kurt was keen to feature St Louis Blues as the lead plane, which was great as I’d never had a chance to paint a shark mouth before, not just one of course, but two 🙂

I wanted the painting to have a tranquil quality to it, the Lightnings turning for home at the end of an uneventful patrol, while in the background vessels of the US Pacific fleet lay at anchor as the sun slowly sets over the Palawan landscape.

Final painting is oil on a fine cotton canvas at a size of 100cm x 60cm.

Big thanks to Kurt for his support throughout the painting process.

St-Louis-Blues-small.jpgSt-Louis-Blues-close-1.jpgSt-Louis-Blues-close-2.jpgSt-Louis-Blues-close-3.jpgSt-Louis-Blues-close-4.jpg

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That’s a really beautiful painting, Gareth! thumbsup

The double shark mouth of the P-38 is an image I have had in my mind most of my life, from an early Airfix catalog. 

Congrats, fuzzy, on your new painting! (I wonder if Gareth let the cat of the bag for you? whistle)

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February 10, 2018 - 4:10 pm
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It is a really beautiful painting.  An amazing accomplishment by Gareth!

I provided Gareth with this particular aircraft and the fact that it was based at an airfield at Zamboanga in the Philippines.  His mission was to place this sleek aircraft in a beautiful natural setting.

Gareth sifted through some current tourist websites for that region, and found this terrain nearby.  So, the beautiful scenery depicted in the painting actually exists near the airfield “St Louis Blues” flew from back in the day, and is faithfully depicted in the painting.  Pure genius by Gareth!  Mission accomplished!

I did tease a portion of this image at the end of the painting contest.  I figured Gareth would be putting it out there at some point in the near future.  

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Great collaboration! beercheers

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February 11, 2018 - 6:49 pm
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Outstanding painting!  What an excellent addition to an already great collection.  Well done!

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Really OUTSTANDING Gareth!!!!

Fuzzy-good call!!!!!!

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