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Digital Oil painting done with ArtRage
W: 600mm x H: 400mm x D: 2mm
W: 24" x H: 16" x D:
Approx. Weight: 0.19kg
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About "Dawn Patrol"
Possibly one of the most famous Sopwith Camels was B6313, flown by the legendary Canadian pilot Major William 'Billy' Barker. Originally with No. 28 Squadron, RAF, in France, Barker took his Camel with him when posted to command No. 66 Squadron in Italy. He then kept it with him when given command of No. 139, a Bristol Fighter Squadron. In a total of 404 flying hours between September 1917 and September 1918, Barker, flying this Camel, destroyed 48 enemy aircraft. It is generally believed that no other single aeroplane has ever matched the achievement of Sopwith Camel B6313. It was dismantled in October 1918. Barker kept the aircraft's clock as a memento but had to return it the following day. This painting was done in Digital Oils, no photo-shopping involved.
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Andre du Plessis
I was born in Salisbury (Harare) in the beautiful country of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). From an early age I enjoyed drawing and painting, and I still have some sketches of mine that I did when I was very very young.
In the mid seventies, at the height of the Rhodesian war, I was called up to do my National Service with the Rhodesian Air Force and from 1975 till 1979 I was more in uniform than not. In 1979 I emigrated to the Republic of South Africa with my new bride.
While still in Rhodesia I attended an Art School but could never complete the course due to my military commitments. I also attempted a commercial art course, which similarly suffered the attention of the war.
Then came the rigors of setting up a home. The kids came, my career as a Draughtsman and Mechanical Designer took a huge share of my time, and as a result I did not pick up a pencil or brush, seriously, for many a year.
Then one day, not many years ago, I suddenly realised that a day would come when my God will ask me what I did with the talent he entrusted me with. It was a sobering thought that changed my life as far as my art was concerned.
I immediately sharpened my pencils and dusted off the old box of oils. I decided to make time for my talent. I started mainly with aviation, military and automotive art and many commissions came my way. I was fortunate enough to be commissioned to do two 'First day covers' for the SAAF Museum. Later I was asked to provide nine paintings and drawings for the book 'Echoes of an African War'. After that the book 'A Pride of Eagles' included my painting 'Paradak'.
But I still could not spend as much time behind an easel as what I wanted to. And then it happened, in December 2011 my employers put me on early retirement, they no longer needed me. Now I actually have to do what I love the most - ART!
Why do I paint and draw? It is quite simple really. Firstly, art is my God given talent, a much appreciated gift, and every artwork I produce is a testimony to this gift. Therefore all the glory and praise goes first and foremost to my God and Saviour Who enables me to create.
Secondly, I am a creative person, I love to create, I am at my happiest when I create. Art is my passion and not many things give me greater pleasure than to stand back from the easel to survey my latest work.
I pursue realism; I do not feel particularly comfortable doing anything other than lifelike portrayals of real things and places. With my military, aviation and automotive work I thoroughly research the subject to present it historically and technically correct.
I work with oils, acrylic, aquarelle pencils, graphite pencils, and a bit of watercolour. Nowadays I do more Digital Art than any other form of art.
I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed producing it.
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