Bringing the Storm

I think I am not going to do oil painting very often in the rest of my lifetime.  It takes so long to dry and I am not ever going to be a Leonardo DiVinci, so...  I gave up on the cloud painting and decided to do it with pastels.  I love pastels.  They are dry, easy, beautiful, and blendable.  And I just plain like them, except for the dust.  LOL!  But, nothing is perfect.

 The sketch.

The sketch.

So, I got going on this and, as usual, I immediately became discouraged.  I am such a whiner!  LOL!  I was sure the clouds would never work.  Ron looked over my shoulder and laughingly reminded me that I always feel like that.  I kept going.  There must be about a dozen layers of colors on those clouds, but I love how they came out.  I used blue Canson Mi-Tientes paper, (12x16), CarbOthello pastel pencils, and NuPastels hard pastel sticks.

Bringing the Storm medium.jpg

Then, I started on the plane.  Same scenario, "It's not working!  Oh, why did I start this?!?!  Oh, I can't do it!"  Then, I crossed the bar and it looked like a plane.  Wow!  I hate art!  I LOVE art!

So, what is the Flying Fortress and why did I name my picture "Bringing the Storm"?  I named it because of its deadly purpose during war.  If you are going to fight a war, you might as well plan to win it, and one way to win it is by boldly storming the enemy.  Here is a quote from Wikipedia:

"The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories, and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944.  The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields."

If any of my readers (Lee...) take exception with what I quoted (Wikipedia is not always correct), please let me know in the comments below.  Also, if you have anything else to share, please do so in the comments.  

 Pastel pencils in such yummy colors.

Pastel pencils in such yummy colors.

 
 My table after I finished.  Such a lovely mess.

My table after I finished.  Such a lovely mess.

Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber and/or on my attempt to make a picture of it.  Thanks!