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alanh_7
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posted 09-16-2010 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a new painting I completed called "The Mummy".

It shows Jeff Wisoff at the end of the arm during a space walk while on STS-57.

Originally I was going to add an all black background with a simple star field, but it looked boring so forgive the artist license on the cosmic background.

I was going to call it "On a Pedestal" but after finishing it, it reminded me of a mummy from a Boris Karloff movie.

Acrylic on art board 20x28

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posted 09-16-2010 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful job! It does look like the Mummy. I hope you have a chance to get Jeff Wisoff to see or sign it.

Congratulations!

alanh_7
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posted 09-16-2010 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Tim, it means a lot coming from you.

I would like nothing more than for Jeff Wisoff to see or sign it for me.

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posted 09-16-2010 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool.

heng44
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posted 09-17-2010 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, really excellent work, Alan! You are very talented indeed...

alanh_7
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posted 09-17-2010 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your kind comment Ed. It means a lot coming from you.

alanh_7
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posted 11-28-2011 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Painting: "Eagle Earthrise"
32x34 inch acrylic on canvas

I began this painting three years ago and gave up on it a few times, but through the inspiration of artist Ron Woods I decided to pull the canvas out, give it one more go and was able to complete it. I wish I could say this a was a labor of love but this painting was a struggle. I had intended Eagle to be in a more upright position. But the lunar surface did not look right. So I flipped the painting to match the famous photo.

I tried to depict the buckles and wrinkles in Eagle's thin skin which I hope will explain the textured look to the spacecraft.

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posted 11-28-2011 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan - a wonderful job! That is fantastic work.

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posted 11-28-2011 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow Alan what a great job! The LM looks awesome. Congratulations.

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posted 11-28-2011 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you stuck with it, Alan... that's a beautiful painting.

heng44
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posted 11-28-2011 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great painting, well done!

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posted 11-29-2011 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done Alan, that's a very fine painting.

alanh_7
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posted 11-29-2011 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the feedback guys. Ed always makes the LM look so easy to paint. But for me It was anything but.

Thank you again. Coming from you guys it means a lot.

history in miniature
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posted 11-29-2011 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautifully done indeed.

Gilbert
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posted 11-29-2011 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice.

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posted 11-29-2011 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starfighter1   Click Here to Email Starfighter1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done Alan, keep up the good work.

heng44
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posted 11-30-2011 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by alanh_7:
Ed always makes the LM look so easy to paint. But for me It was anything but.
Your LM definitely looks better and more detailed than mine. Really excellent work.

alanh_7
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posted 11-30-2011 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ed. Your work has been a great influence on me. I always look foreword to your next painting.

I appreciate the feedback from eveyone on this posting. It encourages me to continue.

alanh_7
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posted 10-09-2012 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Painting:
'In Thin Air' X15 66671
36x28 acrylic on art board.

It has been awhile since I posted a new painting. I thought I would add this one I just finished.

heng44
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posted 10-10-2012 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One word: WOW!

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posted 10-10-2012 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What Ed said.

Beautiful!

garymilgrom
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posted 10-10-2012 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful is the right word! Well done. I love the ice on top of the fuselage.

Philip
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posted 10-10-2012 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb Artwork!!!

alanh_7
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posted 10-10-2012 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you guys I appreciate your feedback.

Always loved the X-15. One of those airplanes that looks like its going mach 5 when its sitting on the ground.

I have run out of space for the paintings so it will sit in the closet.

Not sure what to try for my next one.

Thanks again guys.

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posted 10-11-2012 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan, it looks great. I always have trouble painting 'mechanical things' with straight lines, such as the Saturn 5. Your X-15 looks very convincing. Also, I really like the composition, with the plane going straight up and the tilted horizon. Excellent work!

alanh_7
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posted 10-11-2012 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ed. Your feedback as always is appreciated.

I use to be better with straight lines, but my eyes are not what the use to be. The lines look a little off in this photo but I think it may be my poor photography.

I struggled with the horizon, having to repaint it several times because in its original format the horizon was much higher but the X-15 looked to close to the ground. So I repainted it it current position. If I were to do it again (and I may paint the X-15 A2 at some point) I would have tilted it slightly to the left to allow more of the earth to show.

Anyway its done now and looking for something new to paint.

Thanks again Ed I appreciate your support and those members positive feedback.

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posted 10-11-2012 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The X-15 painting is fantastic.

alanh_7
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posted 11-25-2013 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My latest painting, "Over the Eye," is the Boeing X-20 in orbit above a typhoon over the Pacific. 30" by 26" acrylic on art board.

x20a 002

X20 004

Of course the Air Force X-20 never got beyond the mockup stage. I never intended to paint the X-20 when I began this project. This painting began originally as the fictional launch of the XRV rescue in the movie "Marooned." But I moved away from that idea and kept the hurricane but drew up the X-20 instead.

It is not quite finished as I have to add the Air Force lettering and do some touch up work on the black star field. My apologies for the faded photos. My photography skills are not very good.

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posted 11-26-2013 04:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done and a nice companion to your X-15 painting.

alanh_7
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posted 11-26-2013 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ed. Always means a lot coming from you.

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posted 11-27-2013 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb paintings... seems like these have a brushed feel to them, just like the non-metallic paint on sportscars.

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posted 11-27-2013 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your kind remark Phillip.

The photo is a little dark.

I generally use smaller brushes, but for the dark background I used a small 1.5 inch house painting brush with black gesso and then overlaid several washes of red blue black acrylic to give it a slight glow that does not appear in the photo. The X20 was painted with very small brushes in thin washes over the heavy undercoat.

I tend to work backwards painting foreground first and background next. Unfortunately its not always the best method as I often have to correct spills, overpaints etc. Thanks again.

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