Knights of the Air debuted in Paris on October 17th, at Galerie Daniel Maghen. The show exhibited my adventure paintings, as well as new narratives, such as this one.
Excerpt from the story:
“...transferred from artillery, he could field-strip the dual Backinger D30’s even airborne.
The hangars were already alight, shock troops circled raining ordnance on the field, and he wouldn’t have a chain gun’s chance if he couldn’t get aloft and prep them, stripped or jammed.
But....Lysette hadn’t made it to the airfield yet.”
Original small sketch
Yet, sketching the pilot again after all that time, the feeling of ‘crazy’ came back. By now, I really shouldn’t care. I’d learned through my career that holding something back that feels right, even when it’s slightly nutty, is not the way to find new ideas.
So I got to work on blending a knight with a pilot and then picked the most metal-y biplane I knew of, the Spad, and enhanced all the mechanics of it. Extra pipes, tubes, plates, and heat exchangers later, I had what I thought might be a knight’s plane.
Would it fly?
That’s too much thinking.