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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2015
447th Bomb Group B-17G, 15 inches x 28 inches, oil on gessoed Masonite panel.
Since the beginning of the new year I've been continuing to make progress on this B-17G painting! Yesterday afternoon I shot this image outdoors in ambient light to better show the subtle changes in the clouds as I add further warmth & movement in the play of the sunlight on the clouds.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2015
I recently completed rendering the "Grisaille" pencil drawing of values for the second of my "Cornerstone Series", which will also be done in oil on panel, 16 inches x 20 inches.

In this image below, "The Cornerstone Series No. 2" is fully drawn in & has been sealed with clear acrylic to prepare her for the addition of color using glazes of oils!


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2015
I'm pleased to announce that "The Cornerstone Series No. 1", oil on panel, 16 inches x 20 inches, will be a finalist in the Peoria Art Guild's Nude Attitude 2015 Juried Art Show, being held 27 February through 4 March 2015 at the Peoria Art Guild gallery, 203 Harrison Street in Peoria, Illinois!

Shown below is "The Cornerstone Series No. 1" resplendant in her new frame, ready for hanging in the Nude Attitude 2015 exhibition! To learn more from the Peoria Art Guild, click HERE.


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 2015
"Col. H. Weir Cook & the Pennant Flying Corps", 24 inches x 32 inches, oil on gessoed Masonite panel - my latest commission!

Below is an in-progress image of my "grisaille" drawing of this new work depicting Col. Cook conducting a ground training session with some young Pennant Flying Corps members at an Indiana airfield sometime during the 1930's. This work has been commissioned by the H. Weir Cook Memorial Project Director, Christy Broady. It will be used to illustrate a book of transcripts of Col. Cook's Pennant Flying Corps broadcasts from radio station WLW & the original painting will be included in the permanent collection of the Indiana Air Museum.


In the thirties, World War I ace Col. H. Weir Cook conducted an aviation training program for kids that was sponsored by the Pennant Syrup Company. It was a precursor of the modern day Young Eagles program that is conducted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. With the support of the Pennant Syrup Company, Col. Cook hosted a radio show on station WLW in Cincinatti, Ohio, which aired every Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. Children were introduced to the fast paced field of aviation through Col. Cook's broadcasts & were encouraged to sign up for Col. Cook's Pennant Flying Corps by saving & sending in labels from Pennant Syrup to acquire their "Free Ground Course in Aviation"! Additionally, Col. Cook personally flew to airports throughout the region where he conducted scheduled ground training for Pennant Flying Corps members.

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MONDAY, MARCH 30th, 2015
A progress update on "Col. H. Weir Cook & the Pennant Flying Corps", oil on Masonite panel, 24 inches x 32 inches.

Here is a new image showing my current progress since my last post. As you can see, I'm well along now on getting the background put in. I've got to add some late Fall color to the trees on the far side of the airport & I've just applied a glaze of Cadmium Barium Orange to the wings of the biplane behind the figures & put some color to the cast shadows & ground of the hardstand in the foreground. As soon as I can finish all of those elements, it will then be time to start working on adding color to the figures!


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SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, 2015
A progress update on "Col. H. Weir Cook & the Pennant Flying Corps", oil on Masonite panel, 24 inches x 32 inches.

Here's my progress since my last post. As you can see, I've gotten the background pretty well finished; I am well along adding color & detail to Colonel Cook's biplane, and I have just begun on the figures by applying glazes of Raw & Burnt Umber & a little Burnt Umber mixed with Black as a foundation for further color applications!


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SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 2015
I am delighted & honored to announce the publication of this feature about my artistic pursuits in the Spring 2015 issue of Gadsden Style magazine!

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2015
It's DONE!!! "Col. H. Weir Cook & the Pennant Flying Corps", oil on Masonite panel, 24 inches x 32 inches.

I'm delighted to announce the recent completion of this tribute to the well known Hoosier aviator Colonel H. Weir Cook. This work will adorn the cover of a book of transcripts of Col. Cook's Pennant Flying Corps radio show which was broadcast from station WLW in Cincinatti, Ohio during the 1930's. Once the book is published, the painting is destined to become a permanent part of the collection of the Indiana Air Museum.


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