Painting the Spitfire

1. The Genesis of a Spitfire Painting

15/12/2020

An introduction to a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting.
(Part 1-In which the loose ends of research from painting Hurricanes, start pointing inexorably towards the Spitfire.) ...more

2. Getting to know the Mk. 1 Spitfire in Pencil

22/12/2020

In which in I study the Spitfire, try to get Hurricanes out of my head and paint a small study of the aircraft of Bob Stanford Tuck.
(Part 2 of a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting) ...more

3. About the Pilot - Sgt. Basil Whall

29/12/2020

Where I find out more about the events surrounding a Stuka on an English golf course and understand a little more about 602 Squadron pilot, Sgt. Basil Whall
(Part 3 of a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting) ...more

4. The Scramble Bell and a Combat Report

05/01/2021

Seeking a composition, I hear the sound of a Scramble Bell in 1940. I find only more questions, and how studying the original Combat Report bridges a gap of time and place.
(Part 4 of a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting.) ...more

5. A Battlefield with Golf, Radar and Large Greenhouses

12/01/2021

On how I found myself having to take a virtual round of golf, locate some missing 360 ft high radar masts and mentally rebuild a half acre of glasshouses to picture the ‘Battlefield’ of 1940
(Part 5 of a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting) ...more

6. Which Angle to View a Spitfire?

19/01/2021

I finally find a workable composition, viewing the Spitfire at the end of a dusty summer road and under a bank of rolling cloud.
(Part 6 of a series on creating an original Battle of Britain oil painting) ...more