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Three Eagles by Krystalvoyager
Three Eagles
From a vintage black and white photo of a First Nation character in acrylic on paper.
Dame Maggie Smith portrait by Krystalvoyager
Dame Maggie Smith portrait
Sir Ian in the morning and Dame Maggie Smith in the afternoon! The green background is to provide a complementary ground to work out from.
Sir Ian McKellern by Krystalvoyager
Sir Ian McKellern
So it's the last week of my art classes and my students get the chance to sit back and watch me perform. I usually choose a demonstration of a portrait in acrylics working dark to light. Painting time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. A couple have had minor post work in CS4.
  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: the silence of the crowd
  • Reading: Terry Waite - Taken on Trust
  • Watching: the loop in my head
  • Playing: no
  • Eating: chocolate for happiness
  • Drinking: Scotch in Ovaltine!!!!!!!!!???
When it looked like bad weather would spoil the weekend, Saturday turned out so fine. Where would I go to see "The Last Flight of the Vulcan"? Up the hill close to my house? Maybe closer?

I was feeling good that my wife had suggested going to the Red Lion Pub to see if the landlord would allow me to sit with prints and cards to hopefully sell to his customers out the front. I walked a mile with a lot of kit to avoid traffic in the sunshine, past people setting up folding chairs on the junction access road on grass verges with cameras and binoculars and pic-nic gear. Past the line of waiting cars on the approach road. Past the Fire engine on standby with the crew relaxing in the heat of the cab.

Over the Old Toll Bridge, where I decided to set up 15 minutes later on the riverbank near the pub. I was worried that I would be shooting into the sun and the Vulcan would be a silhouette.

The 2 seat Hawker Hunter started it's display and I was thinking that towards the North it looked fantastic against a deep blue sky, pulling round into a loop. I've been to lots of shows and my brain had started to do calculations. It wasn't "right" - it was lower than usual and as the pilot was attempting to pull out of the loop, the Hunter seemed to lose forward momentum and it was stalling, with way too high an angle of attack.
It leveled out and disappeared behind the engineering works and trees and it seemed like the whole North end of the airfield blew up in a massive fireball which changed to rolling black smoke.

In that second, so many lives were lost or fundamentally altered. The people I had just walked past, the people in the cars - may they Rest in Peace. And may all their families and friends find some sort of life and hope in the future.

The Old Toll Bridge is now covered in flowers. The crash site has closed the main route along the South Coast, traffic is in gridlock and it seems the whole community is in shock.

The media are in a frenzy, "experts" are coming out of the woodwork with miss-informed judgments. News crews are interviewing families with stories of their deceased loved ones when they haven't even been informed that they are dead yet.

Why do people reach for their cameras before instinctively trying to help victims these days?

We now have TV debates on: Should old aircraft perform "high energy manoeuvers"? - should airshows be allowed? - should jets fly over roads? People could get hurt again! 

Accidents involving aircraft make big news - especially if caught on camera.

However, we live in a desensitized world where the death and carnage of everyday road traffic accidents are no longer news. Most of these are preventable by targeting dangerous, inconsiderate, incapable or un-insured drivers.

If the powers that be enforced as strict a regime on our road transport network as they do via the CAA on air displays, many many lives would be saved. Maybe that would need too many expensive resources.
I hope a measured response comes out of this and we can still enjoy air shows.

The Vulcan made a single pass over the dissipating black cloud later on - probably the last time I will see it flying. Probably the last Shoreham Air Show.

I walked a long way home that day - didn't eat or drink for hours. Relieved when I got through to my brother over at the show. I've thought of nothing much else ever since. Artists are good at visualizing and I know what happened in that fireball. Artists are also empathic and I visited the bridge today and saw the mounds of flowers. I could not read past the first few words of the first card and looked away down the river.

This is the longest journal entry I've made. It's not really for you - it was therapy for me. Live life for the day -

It really matters.


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United Kingdom
I create art in most media - see my website at
which links to ceramics at
I exhibit with groups and individually. Works range from small drawings and paintings to large murals.
I enjoy a broad range of styles and subjects and have a particular interest in atmosphere and space.
I also use a lot of blue/red violet because I like it.


Current Residence: U.K.
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Print preference: Quality
Favourite genre of music: Prog / rock
Favourite photographer: Sags
Favourite style of art: Lots
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: any
Shell of choice: Hard
Wallpaper of choice: Flock
Skin of choice: Smooth
Favourite cartoon character: Rex the Runt
Personal Quote: Life is a state of Mind


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“Spatial awareness is to know yourself in relationship to the universe – overcome the vertigo, shut your eyes and fly. There is no up or down, only relativity” - Marcus 2010

Using acrylics is like oil painting in a time warp - "IT'S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT ......... "

“Creativity is the language of the soul – experience and technique build the dictionary” - Marcus 2010

“Seeing is the raw file – interpretation is “photoshop” in your head – let your hands do the printing”. Marcus 2010


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nikita6669 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
amazing work, all the best for you..
Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Thank you for the kind comments!
Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How come Ive missed your gallery all this time 

thank you for submitting this piece to our group…

can you rpovide bigger resolution of these :………
Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Hi - thanks for the interest but I don't load higher resolution. I would then have to put watermarks across which I think looks worse.;) (Wink) 
Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
still you uploaded the Enola gay painting in a much higher resolution. Can you bring the others to the same size!

Yeah and pls. join!
LadyPersephony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Beautiful gallery! Clap 
Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to look!Hug 
LadyPersephony Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
You're welcome! Hi! 
danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015   General Artist
Great gallery :)
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