Take me out to the Airshow..

Take me out to the airshow!

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Airshow barrel roll plane.

Take me out with the crowd!

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Show me a bright orange plane

Flying high!

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Look! It’s a parachute up in the sky!

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And there’s three four AT-6 Texans

Leaving wide smoke trails..

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For it’s a helicopter..

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And a Zero

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And a Heritage Flight

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At the old Airshow!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme is “Free Spirit”.

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What is freer than flying through the clouds like a bird…

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Up Up and away..upside down that is

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Dancing with the birds..

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The Iron Eagles that is..

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And one Thunderbird

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And two Thunderbirds..

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And Four Thunderbirds!

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And six Thunderbirds!!

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Even the cloud trails were spectacular.

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This post is dedicated to a true Free Spirit, Pilot Glenn Smith, who lost his life during an accident at the Quad City Airshow in Iowa this weekend.

As the crowd observed a minute of silence, a five plane formation approached, one plane flew off into the skies leaving a missing man in tribute, which flew to the sound of Taps. It was deeply touching.

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My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to his teammates.

May his spirit forever fly free.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

It’s Spring!

Spring! Spring!! Spring!!!

Makes me sing sing sing!!

What a grumpy looking cardinal!

Cheer up Buddy.

It’s Spring!!

No? Hmmm. I wonder if he’s heard about Zeus’s bird catching abilities.

That’s right Zeus, my lab, catches birds.

He doesn’t hurt them. He simply catches them then stands around looking like a fool with wings flapping from both sides of his mouth.The birds freak out of course. Lab spit just isn’t a good cologne during mating season. Normally they prefer Old Spice.

I think he thinks they’re small planes. We live near an airport where many hobby planes are. I quite like them myself especially the old painted bombers. Zeus thinks he can catch them too. No such luck so far though.

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He’s been trying to catch this flicker, but he tends to stay up high. He looks like such a soft sweet bird but let me tell you when his suet is out that bird yells his fluffy little head off.

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So I told Zeus to stop catching birds. It’s weird.

To which he replied..

“Birds! I wasn’t catching birds! I was catching little planes!”

*sigh*

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In the meantime since my eyes are feeling a bit better I’ve been doing some quick sketch paintings to get back into the swing of things.

This is an acrylic of the sun setting over the Mississippi. It’s 5×7 and I spent about 20 or so minutes on it. It seems to me to be a bit off balance. The positive and negative spaces aren’t doing it for me. I do like the way the blues came out. They’re a combination of prussian blue, violet blue, olive green and naples yellow with a bit of white (all Liquetex brand).

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I also did this 8x 10 of my grandmother from a very crumbly photo circa 1920. There were parts of her face that were not distinguishable so I used my sister Yvonne’s face. She’s a cutie with lovely brown cow eyes.

This is also acrylic and I spent about 30 to 40 minutes on it. This is just a quick sketch for a real portrait eventually. I’m not sure why I signed it, I don’t remember doing that. It must just be habit or my mind is going, either way, it’s all good.

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I hope you all enjoy your first day of Spring and have some time to get out and smell the crocuses, crocusi? crocs maybe?

Beats me, but enjoy them all the same.

Happy Spring!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012