Vickers Viscount Plane

The Story Behind the Painting

One of the largest attractions at Possum Park is the restored TAA Vickers Viscount Plane VH-TVL, its Davids 11yr old project and future overnight accommodation for 2ppl. I’ve been told it will be ready in September, which year is another story…..

I’m so lucky I get to see this plane every day as its just 50m away from my cottage and art gallery. And over the 2022 easter holidays I had the privilege of painting the nose and using some rather large brushes.

Chandelier in the cockpit

My Painting Process

I took a few photos of the plane until I got the right angle. Then I traced the outlines as I would have no hope at getting all the perspective on the plane and hanger correct. I also removed all the work equipment and vehicles that surrounds the plane.

The hanger was painted in a light wash of neutral grey for the sheeting and straight neutral grey for the steel frame. I masked the straight edges of the plane with masking tape and masking fluid for the nose, cockpit and propellers.

Then I moved onto the ground where I used a light wash of Naples yellow followed by dabs of paint with a flat brush to create the bark chips.

In the background you can see the sky and a few trees and bushes with only light detail.

Once I removed the tape and masking fluid I started painting all the black parts of the plane. Followed by the red arrow and kangaroo and yellow propeller tips.

Showing off my work area and the iPad I use to see all the fine details of the plane. I also tape my watercolour paper to a cutting board because this doesn’t stretch, buckle or absorb water when I paint a wash.

Engines added which are made out of tin and the propellers are made out of twisted ply. The plane only has 3 engine and half a wing on the other side so people can drive past the plane and park their car under cover.

For the under belly of the plane I used a light wash of neutral grey and a small amount of sky blue. I didn’t want to use any black as I thought this might make the plane look dirty rather than in shadow.

After two months I managed to get time to drive 5hrs to pick up my framed artwork of the TAA Vickers Viscount Plane and a new haircut.

Possum Park Gifts

As you can see below my Vickers Viscount artwork has been turned into a postcard and coffee mug for Possum Park, and possibly greeting cards later in the year. A blue handle to match the plane.

Coffee Mug

Gouache and Watercolour Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have experienced and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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