San Francisco, 1970, I'm 30 in this picture. I had my own advertising agency at the time. In 1976 I came to Maui to paint on location full time. That was the beginning of my Real Color Wheel. Thirty-seven (2013) years later I'm still painting on location. I bought a Roland Giclee plotter and now print my painting on canvas with the same pigments I paint with. I made a transparent yellow ink with Tartrazine PY100, Ethylene Glycol and water.
This is how I paint outside of my van, sitting in front of my homemade easel. This easel is designed so that any size painting support ends where the paintings image starts. My paint box in the background is set up like a color wheel, this one is for acrylics. The top five drawers are brushes. Some creature comforts I can see in this picture are the hair drier and bug spray.
This is President Kennedy congratulating our Photo Squadron VFP-62 based in
VFP-62 is having a first reunion (after 45 years) in Mobile AL on April 3-6. Battleship Park, is restoring one of our RF8 photo-Crusaders that flew a mission over Cuba. We will dedicate it as an exhibit. You can check out the history of it by clicking on: www.vfp62.com/Sea_Stories_5.html.
We have a section dedicated to the Cuban Missile Crisis: www.vfp62.com/cuban.htm
It's 4-1-8 today, in 3 days our old squadron VFP-62 is getting together in Alabama, 145645 was taken out of mothballs last year. I have to miss the reunion, I'm sad about that. It was a lot of work for the guys but they got the job finished.. and on time. Hurricane Katrenia destroyed the original F8 that was in Battleship Park. Today I got an email from one of our lead members, Owen. It made me very proud.
"Attached is a little portion from one of the storyboards. Thanks again, Don.!
The Artwork on Crusader BU145645
During the Cuban Missile Crisis the Crusaders of VFP-62 bore colorful and imaginative artwork on their aircraft. Known as "noseart," these drawings were good for morale and helped create an esprit de corps. However they were rare on U.S. Navy aircraft.
To properly reproduce the markings seen on Bu145645 Battleship Park contacted period squadron artist Don Jusko who graciously consented to recreate the drawings from 1962.
My Jag and my friends Jag back in 1964 when I was an art director
This an article about me in my first gallery, Lahaina, 1984.
In 2-18-07 I got this nice TCM Review about the Real Color Wheel.
This is the Lahaina Gallery, the portrait is painted on the wall.
This is my last gallery in Wailuku.
I can't say I know what this means but it's my horoscope, I had it made back in '88 and just found it.
Jupiter conjunct my sun means I should be rich. Ha, so much for astrology.
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