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Old 04-16-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Original Art in Airstreams? Not a Good Idea!

I recently attended a charity auction and purchased this wonderful original oil painting of a Beaver flying over Savary Island. I really liked how the artist ghosted the de Havilland factory and their workers above the airplane. You can feel their pride. It is a real piece of Canadian aviation history.

When previewing it at the auction, I thought it might fit on the wall between the FAN's bedroom and bathroom. After the auction, I picked-up my purchase and excitedly ushered it inside the trailer. It fit perfectly. I thought it would be nice to take this little piece of "home" on my travels, and share it with people I meet along the way.

However, I have since learned that original paintings like his, especially those done in oil, would not tolerate those extreme temperature changes that inflict Airstreams - especially those in transit. The artist suggested I could always make a print from the original, but this would defeat the enjoyment somewhat.

So, I am a bit sad that somewhere down the road, I will probably have to part with this wonderful painting. In the meantime, I am savouring the visual experience that a good original can offer.

I guess the Airsteam could be thought of as another "artistic experience" that is going to win-out on this one or.......the art of living vs. art imitating life?

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Old 04-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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What a wonderful painting! As an artist (I am also a full-time teacher and mother) I urge you to hang it in your airstream and enjoy it, watching carefully for any signs of deterioration. Oil painitngs have hung for hundreds of years in unheated, un-airconditioned spaces. It is true that the elements can affect them, but not nearly as much as you might fear. I do some of my best work in and around our airstream, and just today I posted a photo of some in the "view from your airstream door" thread. I have recently begun a series of paintings of airstreams. It was bound to happen-- they are very inspirational.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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You could have the original shot (or scanned) and have a giclee pirnt made. The print would tolerate the extreams of the 'stream and you could hang the original at home in a more controlled environment.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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I kind of echo Johnco above; I would take it to a good copy shop and have them make a color photocopy of it on good quality photo paper. Keep the original in your house and put the copy in your camper. You could even have them shrink it a little if it'd make it fit better.

Cool painting by the way. I like DH Beavers. I'd have one if I had the peso's...

Did you ever see "Six Days Seven Nights"? It had Harrison Ford and Ann Hesche (sp?) Indy is a real life pilot and spokesman for the EAA and that is his own Beaver in that movie. It's worth getting just for the plane

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They are amazingly cool planes, and that painting really captures their spirit.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #6
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Definetly cool painting, Ditto on the quality copy idea. That painting is too nice to chance damage in a trailer. My problem is that there are so few flat surfaces in my little Bambi II. It is all curves and angles. Not a lot of extra wall space in a 17 footer (actually only 14 ft.).
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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Thanks all, for your reply and suggestions.

I can hang the painting in a house for now - but if I go full-time, I don't know -
guess I could always lend it to someone to enjoy.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:09 PM   #8
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I kind of echo Johnco above; I would take it to a good copy shop and have them make a color photocopy of it on good quality photo paper. Keep the original in your house and put the copy in your camper. You could even have them shrink it a little if it'd make it fit better.

Cool painting by the way. I like DH Beavers. I'd have one if I had the peso's...

Did you ever see "Six Days Seven Nights"? It had Harrison Ford and Ann Hesche (sp?) Indy is a real life pilot and spokesman for the EAA and that is his own Beaver in that movie. It's worth getting just for the plane

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I did not see that movie - thanks for the suggestion.

I knew H. Ford had a Beaver. Lucky guy. A few actors have aviation in their blood. Another one that comes to mind is John Travolta, although I think those who are not bon fide airline pilots - but let themselves be photographed in the uniform and cap is kinda dorky.

Cliff Robertson was a good representative of the industry. He was a real aviator. I enjoyed his aviation-related writing.
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FAN,

A great painting, and a great aircraft. Just out of curiosity, are Beavers one of the aircraft you have flown?

I had a chance to fly an Otter once, but wimped out. The owner cheerfully pointed out that it fell within my Single Engine Land rating (and I was current in tail draggers at the time) but I find airplanes that you enter in the back and walk up an aisle to the cockpit intimidating.
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Another one that comes to mind is John Travolta, although I think those who are not bon fide airline pilots - but let themselves be photographed in the uniform and cap is kinda dorky.

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Agreed, but perhaps you get some slack when you own a 707.
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Yeah, I'm jealous as heck of Travolta. I used to want a Stearman 450....but after seeing Travolta's plane, I told my wife "Why set my sights low...I want a 707!"

He's actually qualified as "Second in Command" for Quantas and does fly with them from time to time. I know he also caught a lot of flack from some enviro types because he was filming a movie in England and he would commute back and forth from there to his home in FL in his 707. I thought he did it solo some times but could be wrong. That's a lot of bird to just haul yourself. But more power to him. I only wish I had one of those!! They say he owns the type certificate on the 707. I think Australia has some definition for "Second in Command" that doesn't necessarily mean he can't fly as Captain over here, it's just a different rating system over there.

But hey, he's also got a Gulfstream and a Jetranger helo. They said that when he first started acting, he put all his money into flying lessons and getting planes. That's cool in my book!

I've actually designed a plane that's similar to a Helio Courier that I plan to build. Beavers are cool, but I really like Helio's. But hey, they're all good
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A great painting, and a great aircraft. Just out of curiosity, are Beavers one of the aircraft you have flown?

I had a chance to fly an Otter once, but wimped out. The owner cheerfully pointed out that it fell within my Single Engine Land rating (and I was current in tail draggers at the time) but I find airplanes that you enter in the back and walk up an aisle to the cockpit intimidating.
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Nuvite, I am not a pilot, but I write for an aviation rag. How did I score that? Long story (no pun intended) but I know many pilots who help me with any technical stuff. I really love the vintage birds, civilian and military.

An Otter seems enormous to me! I can understand that "wimping out."
Good call. As they say, there are bold pilots and there are old pilots, but there are no........you know the rest!

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I'd love to see those paintings as you create them, Skatiero.
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